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Some sweet memories of a dark skinned girl

After reading Colourism is Real, one of my friends, the good Doc remarked, “Very profound indeed… This is so relevant today as many people feel less worthy of themselves due to their complexion. The good news is that, a significant amount of light skinned black and even white men adore dark skinned sisters!”

How true! This brought back some sweet memories, some as far back as 2003. This incident is by far the sweetest act of pure, genuine appreciation of my black skin I’ve ever experienced. I hope that perfect stranger will one day read this poem:

An Ode to a Perfect Stranger

Another incident happened sometime last year while accompanying a friend to board a taxi to Sharpeville from Vereeniging taxi rank near Osbro Stores… Well, I was uneasy because I did not understand the compliment as my SeSotho still needs some panel beating…

There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a dark complexion. The flaw is in the way society views this issue. We need to re-think this colourism issue and realize that we are perfect the way God created us, as humans. Whether it is light or dark skin; we are all wonderfully made, creations of God’s handiwork!!!

Pastor Richard Rungano

There are quite few and rare, but yet they exist. Those few gems, men and women who totally appreciate the dark skin. Talking of women, the first time I met my little 21 year old sister in Christ, Tshepang, she said, “Ohhhh, your complexion… I absolutely love it! I’d do magic with that skin and a camera!”

I guess it’s not all gloom and doom in the life of a dark skinned African girl 😁 Thank you Doc, for evoking the sweet memories.

About Constance van Niekerk

Constance van Niekerk, (Connie V) is a creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.


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