Kenyan content creator Elsa Majimbo, renowned for her humor and unfiltered commentary, recently shared the compelling reasons behind her decision to leave Kenya at the age of 19. The 22-year-old comedian, now based in the US, disclosed in a TikTok video that her departure was driven by the discrimination and negativity she faced due to her dark skin.
In the video, Majimbo candidly recounted instances where derogatory comments about her skin tone, such as “oh, you are so dark” and “look at that tint,” created a toxic environment. This negativity, she explained, left her feeling hindered and prompted a realization that she might face challenges in progressing within Kenya with such prevailing attitudes.
“I faced a lot of it when I grew up… there were a lot of comments on ‘oh, you are so dark.’ There was so much of that, and when that started happening when I was growing up, I was like, I will never progress in this country with this kind of mentality,” she explained.
Majimbo clarified that her decision to relocate wasn’t about adopting a victim mentality but rather a strategic move to seek a more supportive environment that would appreciate and admire her complexion. She emphasized her commitment to success and financial growth, underlining the positive reception of her skin in the US.
“In the US, everyone is like, ‘oh my God, look at your skin, it is so stunning, it looks like pearl, it’s shining.’ So why wouldn’t I not be paid in dollars?” she boldly asserted.
While Majimbo’s revelations resonated with many, sparking discussions on colorism in Kenya, social media platforms also saw a range of reactions.
Some users acknowledged the existence of colorism in the country, empathizing with Majimbo’s experiences. Others, however, contested the narrative, urging her not to generalize the entire nation based on individual encounters.