A number of you who follow me on any of my social media platforms would probably tell my love for albinos
There was a time in my life I didn’t care for albinos, in the sense that I would think of them as unlucky and I would literally have this thought in my head when I saw one “thank God this isn’t me”. Crazy thing is, I had an aunty who was an albino (of blessed memory) and sometimes my mum would say, there are chances myself or any of my siblings having an albino baby and my response would be “God forbid!”
And then a day came, I was out there on Instagram and I stumbled upon this wedding page which featured a man with his albino wife (I think they were celebrating their anniversary‚ i cant remember vividly) I clicked on their personal handles @okagbareonome and @lolumajaro, I read through the wife’s post and it just set my mind right.
There are albinos out there committing suicide, living with depression, feeling undeserving, being killed! to say the most, all because of discrimination. So, I asked myself a sincere question “why exactly do you hate albinos?” and I couldn’t find a reasonable basis to it. I was a contributor to this discrimination maybe not consciously but I sure wasn’t on their side. I felt sad for myself, and I turned all my negative energy into positive (which I am overdosed by lol).
A month back a friend of mine referred me to an Instagram page (it is an albino awareness page @oam_foundation) and it just set my love in flames.
Some days ago, I read some mythical Yoruba stories about albinos tagged as afin or eni orisa. Some tribes in Yoruba land believed that the albinos are descendants of Obatala while some believed that albinos came to being as a result of the intermarriage between Lamurudu and some Yoruba female when he got to Ile-Ife, while some other tribes believed that albinos are agents of the gods and they are usually sent to the family that has offended the gods or is a curse or some form of ‘punishment’ from the gods for something wrong done by the parents. And as a result, people with this condition are isolated and discriminated against.
Some other ridiculous myths are:
- When a woman has sexual intercourse during her menstrual cycle she would have Albinos,
- Having sex with an albino can cure HIV/AIDS.
Albinism is not a curse, not a disease and definitely not an unfortunate occurrence. Albinism is a genetic condition where people are born without the usual pigment in their bodies, that is their bodies aren’t able to make the normal amount of melanin which is the chemical responsible for giving the skin, eye and hair color.
I mean it’s JUST melanin. Our skin color doesn’t define who we truly are and definitely doesn’t determine what we make of ourselves. Albinos should be treated equally, given the same opportunity and be respected as any other person with color.
They are beautiful, rare and a special kind
Albinism discrimination should end, and let’s begin to appreciate albinos