What would you do if you woke up one morning and discover your skin color or sex has changed?
Furo Warimbuko, a young job seeker wakes up from his bed one morning to realize he’s now Caucasian, and absconds from home in order to escape the embarrassment of an inquisition into his inexplicable transformation from his family.
His new ‘oyinbo’ life takes him on an unlikely course from the sleepy Lagos surburb of Egbeda to the flashy and expensive lifestyle of Lekki. There, he learns to deal with the identity crisis, the privileges, and challenges his new skin color attracts.
Igoni Barret’s ‘Blackass’ deals with prejudices that ‘different’ people are exposed to in society, the insecurities associated with standing out of the crowd and the extents such people are willing to go to in order to blend in. It also shows that new circumstances don’t necessarily alter the fundamental building blocks of an individual’s character. The heart stays the same regardless of skin cover or situation.
A very entertaining read.