Black men and the yellow fever syndrome

(By VICTOR OKWARO) Yellow fever is a condition that ails millions of men around the world. Black and African men are particularly susceptible to this illness. This is not the well-known yellow fever that you usually need a certificate for when traveling abroad, oh no. This is a unique strain. There is no injection that can protect you from this particular ailment, as there is no known cure.

Yellow fever can be clinically defined as the attraction to beautiful (and sometimes not so beautiful) light skinned ladies. In Kenya they are referred to as yellow-yellows, while in the U.S the urban slang term used is ‘yellow bone’ or ‘red bone’.


In the Kenyan context many of the ladies who would fall in this category would include mixed race or .5s, many ladies from Central Kenya, Kambaland, Coast, Taita taveta, Maasai, and a number of other regions. Infact in areas like Nyanza, getting a light skinned Luo girl is akin to getting Gold, as finding one is a rare occurrence but a major catch and in very high demand. Then of course there are the Somali Kenyans and Ethiopians.

Symptoms of the ‘yellow fever’ condition may include; dilated pupils, slight fever, cold sweats, reduced concentration levels, confusion, incoherent speech and swearing under one’s breathe when in the presence of the said type of lady, and so on. Chronic symptoms include professing ones love on first date, premature marriage proposals, continuous conspicuous spending, extreme possessiveness and in rare cases madness.

You may be saying to yourself ‘not my man!’ Well, there is a simple test to see if your man has ‘yellow fever’ or not. Simply switch your television to citizen TV at 9.30pm, and watch his reaction as Michele Morgan reads the Business News. If you can’t seem to get his attention and he shows any of the above symptoms, then your man too has ‘yellow fever’.

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  1. SMH January 4th, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    This has got to be the stupidest article i have read on capital unless the writer lives in the US please don’t base what you think of “yellow bone” “red bone” on what you see on TV or read on the internet very basic research. Thes terms are not used by everyday people Mr. Writer and for every girl that looks like Alicia Keys there are 10 more who look like Jennifer Hudson in the US. Please i plead with you once more unless you live somewhere don’t base your research on tv and internet only. This article reminds me of how most westerners think all Africans in Africa are malnourished and dying of AIDS because that is all they see on TV

    1. NKT January 8th, 2013 at 11:41 am

      I agree with you SMH..the writer is a bit delusional and seems stuck to the old mob libido psychology of light skinned chicks. probably a 20 smthin old pervert to say…

  2. LOL January 4th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    i think the above person who wrote in a comment seems abit uptight, bitter, or maybe your not the target market-as a black guy i can totally relate, plus i have many friends who have ‘yellow fever’ too-and if you don’t believe there is some truth to the above article please look up the term ‘colorism’ its a real thing that happens all around the world, including the U.S-it was a funny, intelligent article with a dash of realism, i quite enjoyed it…

  3. Mellifluousnegro January 5th, 2013 at 8:30 am

    I’d prefer Kelly Rowland to many other yellow yellows. She is the perfect woman. Heart wrenchingly gorgeous. The things I would do to her! Let me be civil and just say that i’d give her a good time. There are very many more dark pretty girls, as much as there are yellow ugly ones. It transcends the skin tone to how a woman carries herself.

  4. Big Daddy July 12th, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Ey guys where is ur lighter side? Anyway, when it comes to yellow bones, im automatically attracted. im attracted very much first, then i judge later. Its not that im not attracted to darker chics but yellow bones are an exception.


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