TWO BROTHERS from Cameroon are using their rap music to shrug off the stigma attached to albinism and advocate for all albinos and other vulnerable communities to develop a sense of self-esteem.
Growing up, Rene Bouma, 29, and Clifford, 25, had to live with the stark pains of being an albino in Cameroon. Their skin color estranged them from other kids, and people called them names.
As the two brothers grew up, schoolmates wouldn’t accommodate their efforts to integrate and so they became increasingly isolated. But, the brothers say, isolation turned their lives around.
“With all that rage in you, with all that frustration, we had to cope with the pen on paper,” Rene told CNN.
“We had to spend most of that time writing poetry and rhymes,” Clifford explains.
That is how they came to form their rap duo, White African Music.
The music has propelled the brothers into the limelight, and Clifford says the color of their skin doesn’t seem to be an issue for their fans.
Clifford further explains that he subscribes to Martin Luther King Jr.’s dictum that a person should never be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
“It’s what is innate to you that’s important, and how you can impact the other person close to you, because as human beings, we have to help each other. That’s what I want everybody out there to know.”