Monday, November 9, 2009

2 of a Shameful Kind

A leading telecom company and an international bank in Ghana employ mostly manila-skinned demoiselles to man their public spaces, solely on that sepia note. These lamp posts wear ugly frowns from dawn to dusk, mistaken that it adds up to their alleged allure; pretending that no one’s figured out their facade. Enough!

17 comments:

  1. I get this. hmmm. if they draw you in with beauty and frown then you would run...won't you?

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  2. These manila-skinned demoiselles are popularly known as "inside lights". Apparently, dark skinned girls don't glow in the dark ;)

    NY, as long as you see them as pieces of furniture, you won't have too much problems with them. cheers, NK

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  3. Very interesting..if it is true then it is extremely shameless. It also says something about self-hatred in Ghanaian society that manifests itself in our obsession with skin tone. I'm always appalled when I hear people argue about who is darker than who! In the end, we are all still considered black people to onlookers of different races.

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  4. Thanks for the postscript on the last one.

    In nigeria, I don't think it's that common in the corporate world. Personally though some people like the very light-skinned people based solely on skin tone.

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  5. Sigh, I wonder who is autorizing this shameful policy?

    And whats up with these angry ass female sales associates?

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  6. You should name and shame them. This practice is also extremely common in some Caribbean countries (as my Island friends would lead me to believe).

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  7. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu10 November, 2009

    All based on pretend customer service and relationships with the big men! Serious makeover demanded!

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  8. No, Fredua, if you see through them, then you stand your ground and call their bluff.

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  9. Lol at "Inside Lights", Nana Kofi.

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  10. Self-hatred, huh, Abena Serwaa? That is one of the factors, no?

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  11. David, they must remain riddles for legal reasons, no?

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  12. Myne, from the pure point of view of conjecture, I would have been surprised to hear that "Brown Paper Bag" is not big in Nigeria.

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  13. Shameful act, yes, Sankofa. But if I named them,they would sue me for libel and take me through the trouble of extricating myself by proving this in court.

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  14. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu13 November, 2009

    lol! Without the relationships, how would they remain employed or rather how do you explain their continued existence in those public places?

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