I notice that on my way to work, there’s quite a large advertisement for a Nivea product that will give your skin a lighter, fairer color. I’ve noticed that bleaching products, lightening creams are often taken as a norm. This can surprise and confuse me because in a country such as Nigeria, the majority is comprised of black people. There are few Caucasians or Asians, other nationalities among us.
I don’t believe that creams to make you a different color, a fairer shade are necessary. I think the reason why they seem so appealing is that we’ve given dark and black a bad connotation.
I remember after the National Youth Service Camp, I met a girl from the camp who said she almost didn’t recognize me. She said I looked great. That in the camp, I looked “so dark.” In camp, we were often out in the sun for announcements for marching drills. So under the sun, my skin gets darker. Anyway, I told her that I looked great at camp too. She made it seem as though the skin color of dark is less than. So I have a message, my letter to the dark skin and chocolate brown girls and women.
Dear Dark Skin Girls and Women,
I am a child of God so I know he made me right when he gave me my chocolate brown and dark skin. I know he did not mean for me to question his creation. If I am a reflection of my creator, then I am pure and divine. He has made me good. My skin is good. My color is not light or fair and that’s alright. When the sun hits me, I turn darker. Blacker. I need not feel bad or embarrassed. It is not a thing to lament. I continue to smile. My shade is worth it. Dark, brown, light any skin color is worth it. All are mesmerizing. Don’t let them tell you otherwise. You are beautiful.
Smile more because the whiteness of your smile makes your gorgeous dark skin glow. Flaunt more. Don’t think you have nothing to show. Take a closer look. Your beauty is there. It’s just a matter of you seeing it. You recognizing it. You admitting it. You saying it with no doubt. You telling them that dark does not mean less desirable. Dark and brown does not mean the second option.
So if you didn’t already know, I’ll tell you. Your color is beautiful. No, not just beautiful for a dark-skinned girl, I mean beautiful. Period. Your shade suits you just as it is. Just as you are.
Brown and Dark Skinned Woman,