Yvonne Okwara explains how she struggled in the media industry because she’s dark-skinned.in a lengthy social media post, Okwara also argued that light-skinned female journalists in Kenya, don’t have to work as hard as their darker-skinned colleagues to make it.
Although the seasoned citizen TV news anchor didn’t reveal which media house she was discriminated against. Okwara said light-skinned journalists are considered more beautiful and can ‘get away with murder’
We are talking about ‘black lives matter’ but we also need to reflect on our own culture in this part of the world. Especially in this (media) industry. Darker-skinned girls and women are treated differently. We have to work twice as hard, be twice as smart to get ahead. I’ve seen privilege that light skin has accorded others. I have seen them get away with murder,” she said
She went ahead and said that due to her dark skin, she is expected to be smarter because ‘she doesn’t have the looks’. “It’s exhausting at times. It needs to change.
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