SPOTLIGHT ON EGBO YADIRI ADANNA
As a child I wanted to be anything but white.. It didn’t make much sense to me why I was different from my siblings and my parents as well. I asked a lot of questions about my skin. I wanted to know why my sister was black and I white. I wanted to be like my dark skinned younger sister, I wished to be like her. . I mean she was allowed to play in the sun but I wasn’t, she could go in and leave unnoticed but it was quite the opposite for me, and being an extrovert I wanted to be everywhere. Mum made sure I had an umbrella and never showed up sunburnt, in fact the first time I came home sunburnt she cried? . My mom constantly told me I was created beautifully by God for a purpose but I just didn’t understand it. I constantly fought myself, I was discriminated against by even some family members and so called friends.
At every point in my life I tried to fit in but I always stood out in the end. People always wanted to touch me, some felt I was a doll or something of sort. And then I grew up into being called albino and all other sort of names but my mama won’t take shit from no body and she will always fight for me and tell me how I wasn’t an albino but a white girl living in a black country, my siblings will hold me and walk around with me and make me feel special. Dad calls me “the girl that takes moonlight out of business” I mean why not, I light up a room!!
And then I had to go through secondary school alone without my family, but then I made amazing friends who would shout you down if you dare called me an albino.
And at some point in my life I just knew it was time to brace myself, accept who I truly am and move on. (Ain’t nobody gonna sit around and watch you cry). And Oh yes I cried, I asked God why. I really wanted to feel different but God didn’t have time for my tantrums.
The discrimination didn’t stop at secondary school it continued even in my university days but guess what I learnt to take advantage of the opportunity, I showed up at every event looking all shades of gorgeous, I SLAYED. I mean people will stare, why not make it worth their while. My mum nicknamed me “the show stealer”.
I don’t know what you feel like or what it is for you but just know that you are fearfully and wonderfully made and CREATED for a PURPOSE.
So brace up and discover your purpose.
Accept who God created you to be, your skin does not define you, you are MORE and deserve even more.. You can be a better person regardless of your skin colour or what people say to you or about you, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is how you carry yourself and how much you love yourself cos in the end YOU are all that matters.
#selfcrush #selfconfident #albinoandproud #inmyskiniwin #glow #strongwoman #confident #brave #ilackmelaninandiloveit
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Egbo Adanna, a food science and technology graduate of Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, currently the CEO of Yadis kreierung an event planning and coordination company and also her own personal fashion designer. The first and only albino child of her family. She is a very jovial, selfless, honest and accommodating . loves to read, meet new people and engage in conversations, detests dishonest and proud people. She is a go-getter and a high achiever