Colorism in Kenya; Shakilla, a practical

Hello vert Berry family, I hope you are all doing well. On this post, I am going to share with you a practical example of colorism in Kenya.

If you are a Kenyan, you probably know her!

Recently. a young lady by the name Shakilla, popularly referring to herself as the Queen of the streets rose to stardom. I shall not go into the business of why she gets so much hate on social media. I shall just focus on the colorist hate comments I bumped on recently concerning her because I am very niche-oriented. Before I delve further, I think Shakilla is a very beautiful dark skinned young lady.

Below is a picture of her;

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Hate comments (colorist)

Due to the hate for her gimmicks not distracting her, some netizens decided to go for her looks with hopes of bringing her down. The colorist comment section just demonstrates how much colorism is rampant in Kenya such that people think it is normal to shame dark skinned girls for being dark skinned.

Below are some of the comments;

Wah n c we n gizaπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

This when loosely translated means that She is darkness.

Wah kumbe ni mweusiπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚….screw you SnapchatπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

The loose translation for this is ‘oh so you are dark skinned, snapchat lied to us’

One user went ahead and called out the colorist haters and I loved what she said;

Real is not perfect….the lady is so beautiful…stop discouraging dark skin girls n making them insecure.

She is not the first lady to be feel the brunt of colorism in stardom but I hope as years go by, the phenomenon will be non-existent.


Whether you love or hate Shakilla , her skin tone should be off topic. Being dark skinned is an ascribed feature and thus shaming someone for it is backward. I think Shakilla is a very beautiful dark skinned young lady.

I love you all so much. See you on the next post.

4 thoughts on “Colorism in Kenya; Shakilla, a practical

  1. Shakilla has certainly been entertaining and she’s absolutely gorgeous. She’s quite controversial, but it doesn’t excuse such ignorant and lame comments. Loved this article πŸ™‚

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