DAMI DEOLA | 15 APRIL 2017 | 11:22 AM
While going through my Twitter timeline searching for a new Story to write, I came across a series of photographs with albinos as the subjects. These weren’t the normal albinos who have been sunburnt, or who are cross-eyed; they were beautiful, in their very essence, unadulterated by Nature or society, they strut their white skin, the camera capturing every detail of its purity, and their hair were like the golden flocks of a greek goddess. And I was transported.
I remembered vividly of an albino once, when I was still at university. Unlike any other albino I had known who were introverted, gentle, with words few and far in their mouths, this particular albino was the exact opposite.
He was restless, as if looking for a lost item or if he were to stand still he would erupt in flames; he had a strong machismo all about him and several times I caught him in heated arguments with non-albinos, even throwing a few punches and resisting any form of restraint. He was awake, somewhat with non-albinism. He saw no boundaries, he broke free from nature.
Violence shouldn’t be endeared, but that experience of knowing an albino that didn’t quite fit where nature had placed him/her can be learnt and refocused into other aspects of our lives. It may not be albinism that nature may have brought our way, it could be sickle cell, poverty(being born into), cancer and other situations that we may find ourselves in not as a result of our actions but of nature.
These beautiful albinos serve as testament to the will of man to release itself from any chain, be it the sun or salt or social stigma.
You have an albino friend or child? Share with us your experiences with these beautiful people.
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