5 Things I Think of When I see A White Person.
So, I said we're very dark skinned in Nigeria and this is true. And I think this is due to the high concentration of melanin in our skin. And it's totally logical and reasonable of nature to give us that, since we are so close to the equator which means the sunlight intensity here in Nigeria is quite high. In fact, Nigeria is hot. Therefore, nature must have given us the necessary requirements in our skin to protect us. Hence, our overall dark skin tone.
So, what do I think of when I see a white person? I'll tell you. When I see a white person or any one with very light skin shade and especially wavy hair (No matter the continent you're from) a few things cross my mind;
1. I go WOW!
Like for real! I go Woooow!
I mean, to me it's so rare to see those physical attributes. The almost white skin, the totally different hair from mine, it makes me almost go nuts. I'm like, Oh my God..
Most Nigerians pretend like they're not wowed when they see a White in Nigeria. But usually most of us are wowed. I'll say that on our behalf. We just like to hide it. *laughs
2. Can I feel your skin?
Yes, that also crosses my mind even if I never tell them that. I've met a significant number of whites in my life. I've met American, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, European, basically I've met someone from every continent. Even though I've never spoken with one. Yes, I haven't. I haven't had a cause to. And moreover, foreigners are quite scarce in Nigeria. Because, they usually come here for business purposes.
But because White skinned and wavy haired people (and any type of hair that is completely different from a Nigerian's) are such a rare sight, it makes seeing one so fulfilling.
I bet if you give an average Nigerian an opportunity to hug you, if you're White, they wouldn't even think twice. They might even snap your back while hugging you. But don't worry, it's out of awe for you.
3. Can I touch your hair?
Even Nigerians who are quite used to seeing whites or spend a lot of time with them, still marvel at how different hair textures and types can be.
And usually Nigerians, not only me, would love to brush your hair for you if your hair type is completely different from ours. But, they might not let you know.
4. Speak let me hear you.
Don't get me wrong. Whites are not idolized in Nigeria. Not at all. I'm trying to point out that Nigerians are in awe, in constant awe of physical bodily attributes that are completely different from theirs. Especially skin color and hair type.
So, I usually linger around Whites to hear them talk. So I can have an idea of how they sound when they talk.
And, it's only normal to explore and check new things you're unfamiliar with.
5. Let's be friends!
Like usually I feel like I should have the phone contact of every foreigner I've met. Whether African or not. If you're Kenyan, let me have your number. Korean? The more different, the merrier!
This is so that we can talk. So I can get to understand them better. I feel like it's very cool. Lol.
If you're White and you're reading this, Yes, that's how most Nigerians feel about you guys. If you're African but not White, Nigerians will just like you because of your unique accent or something like that. Since we already have similar physical attributes right?
And if you're Nigerian and you acknowledge that we adore the White's physical bodily attributes ( but like to hide it), kindly say 'Yay!' in the comments!