But wait, let’s take a look at the beauty of black skinned people - especially in our Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
Apart from some African black people and other Solomon Islanders, Bougainville is said to have the blackest people around.
Black is a unique skin colour and often when photographs are taken the camera lens makes it appear that these people are too black.
But when you see them face to face physically and take a look with your natural camera, your eyes, you’ll call them ‘black beauties’. A beauty of nature’s own design.
In Papua New Guinea, Bougainvilleans are nicknamed kawas, so when love songs about Bougainvillean girls are sung by PNG musicians, instead of them saying, ‘Bougainville Babe girl’ they say, “Kawas babe girl”, an expression is popular throughout Papua New Guinea.
Actually many Bougainvilleans don’t know what the word kawas really means. Some say it means friendly, beautiful, cute and wonderful.
Because of these different meanings, when Bougainvilleans leave their homeland and go to other parts of PNG like universities, teachers colleges or technical colleges, light skinned Papua New Guineans joke and say that if they marry a kawas they will produce chocolate coloured kids and, yeah, of course such a mixture is cute.
Being seen as black is unique and beautiful, just like the white, yellow, brown and light skinned people. If you don’t believe me, don’t hesitate to go to Bougainville and see for yourself.
Bougainville’s three regions host cultural show that attract people from all over. Recently, the Bougainville Mona Festival was held in Buka town and there’s also the Hantoa cultural show, the Tinputz coca festival, the Siwai cultural show and many more.
All a celebration, at least in part, of kawas.