It has been a longstanding belief that people with albinism are sort of supernatural beings due to the fact that there is little or no chance to see their kind laid to rest.
Albinos in other parts of Africa live in fear as unscrupulous individuals hunt them to harvest their body parts for rituals. According to reports, these individuals believe that their [people with albinism] magic will bring prosperity to the user.
As a result, people with albinism have been persecuted, killed and dismembered, and graves of albinos dug up and desecrated.
Contrary to these perceptions, Kennedy Owusu, popularly known as “Ghana White Man” is a trader in Kantamanto who lives with albinism [hence his nickname] has touched on the subject.
According to him, his parents are not albinos but he is the only person with albinism among twelve children.
Speaking on SVTV Africa on some misconceptions about albinos, he indicated that they are all false.
“Most of them are not true. How can you say we don’t attend to nature’s call on Fridays, what if I feel like it,” Kennedy questioned.
He also spoke on albinoes disappearing and why people don’t usually see albinoes laid to rest.
“We do not disappear. When people ask me that, I tell them to hit me with a car so they see whether or not I will disappear. It’s just a myth,” he added.
“I have seen an albino laid to rest before. I think people say that because we are not common so most of them haven’t seen an obituary or albino laid to rest,” he told DJ Nyaami.
Kennedy added that most of his kind are in the Ashanti Region; Akyem Agogo and are often invited to the king’s events or festivals.
Watch the interview below: