Dada Hair

Tribe: Ebira

Location: Okene, Kogi State

Through the open window; the sun dazzles off the shimmering roof tops. Like all other hospitals, the scent of antiseptic wrestles with my nostrils.

She is albino and she has dreadlocks. Our tradition tells us that albinos with such hair should get them cut every seven days if not they will get sick and die. If you are shaving it for the first time, some things need to be done before shaving it, I will send for people that do such things.

I don’t believe in such nonsense, Mother.

Beside me is my three days old daughter with dazzling Rastafarian hair which my mother sees as a taboo for albinos. The beauty in her eyes; her spongy lovely hair and the colour that graces her body renews all the charms. I love her and I just want her hair the way it is.

Don’t be stubborn, Oyiza, I have seen this happen all the time and nobody has ever refused this. It is our tradition, our tradition can never lie. Think about this, you still have two more days. Don’t gamble the life of your daughter.

I have nothing to think about, Mother. This is my choice, why is having a spongy hair a taboo?

Sometimes we make interesting choices but our tradition makes even more ridiculous taboos. Today is the seventh day. Despite my assurance that nothing will happen to my daughter, my heart forces me into a frozen vegetative state. Fear.

You have nothing to gain but everything to lose.

I have gained much and I haven’t lost anything. Eight years after her birth I still look at her with awe. Every single day crowns me with the joy of my bravery and my authority over the impotency of our taboos.



10 thoughts on “Dada Hair” by Bola (@basittjamiu)

  1. Wonderful piece

    1. @kosnie ,thanks you are welcome.

    1. @ivei9ja , I am glad you enjoyed it.

  2. An albino with dreadlocks, I haven’t seen this before. It was an interesting creation for my mind. Thank you for that. People fear what they do not understand. This story could be better. It took some time to get the dialogue. Then I wasn’t really too comfortable with the change in tense – it didn’t quite flow for me. Good job. Kudos.

    1. @IdiAce Change in in tense? Can you please explain or show one example? Thanks for reading.

      1. I think your only change in tense was when you talked about the past “i have gained much… Etc” but of course it had to be written that way. I think you maintained the present continuous theme well enough throughout the entire piece. The only pause in the flow was where you had begun to introduce dialogue, but that could easily be gotten used to. I love the concise nature of your write up: you passed the salient message across in as few words as possible. @basittjamiu

  3. @anakadrian thanks for your generous comment. I am glad you enjoyed it. I think the loss in flow is as a result of the unconventional style of the story. Thanks.

  4. I think @anakadrian explained well. And yes this an unconventional story. Maybe next time you could increase the spaces in between the paragraphs to indicate change in time. Kudos again.

    1. Sure. You are welcome.

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