Discrimination against albinos is a societal problem we pray ends in 2017. The Onome Akinlolu Majaro (OAM) Foundation has been raising awareness concerning this.
They partnered with EVI Photography and other creative artists to enlighten the community on the discrimination albinos face, and penned a poem dedicated to the issue.
I am an Albino
Call me whatever you like,
Oyinbo, Afin, Yellow paw-paw…
I can be whatever I want to be
YOU really can’t stop me
I can be a mother, a designer and much more
I can achieve all my dreams
You seem to forget that I could be your brother, mother, sister or any other person close you.
The next time you see me in your neighbourhood, rather than stare at me with disgust and irritation,
Treat me with love, care and respect
Cos that’s what I deserve
I deserve a normal life.
STOP THE DISCRIMINATION AGAINST ALBINOS.
ONE OF US
That white skin
Those bluish sometimes grey eyes
And of course the yellowish or golden hair.
You really can’t help but notice when an albino passes by.
These unique creatures
Where did they emerge from?
Are they ghosts?
Are they angels?
The questions are unending.
So many misconceptions…
Albinism is the absence of melanin that gives human skin, eyes and hair their colour.
Albinos are one of us.
They have dreams, passions, and goals like every one of us.
They have emotions and feelings
They can be whatever they want to be
Albinos are amongst us.
They are everywhere we go;
North, East, West and South.
Let’s look beyond their complexion.
Let’s end this discrimination against albinos.
Let’s embrace them because in the end, they are ONE OF US.”
Photography/Creative Idea & Direction:@evi_photography
Photography Assistants: @provabs @foluartstudio@folababarinde
Models: Adanna @okagbareonome, Aduke @ugobella for @oam_foundation
Accessories: @styledbyseun for @janemichaelekanem
Graphic Artist: @derickft
Source: Bella Naija