Mercy Kyallo, the younger sister to K24 news anchor Betty Kyallo last week left thirsty team mafisi drooling after she shared her semi-nude photos on Instagram.
In the now viral pictures, Mercy is only draped in a piece of brown leather that strategically covers her body.
“Skin to skin. They call it the age of Aquarius. A time of learning & unlearning. Confidence in my roots,” she captioned the photos.
As expected, the pictures caused quite a stir, with Instagram dudes mainly commenting on her curvaceous figure.
This, however, wasn’t the case when she shared the same photos on Twitter, but with a different caption which implied that the semi-nudes were an apparent way of expressing her pride in being African.
After years of being brainwashed, being told black is not beautiful, that the African shape is not sexy, that only straight hair is nice to see & touch and that no good ideas come from the ‘dark continent’, my will to fight for the African pride in me grows bigger by the day. pic.twitter.com/zNcTHgmISf
— Mercy kyallo (@MercyKyallo) March 7, 2020
Soon after she made the tweet, Kenyans on Twitter – infamous for their unforgiving nature – thronged the entrepreneur’s notifications panel and made clear their disagreement with her remarks.
Many simply couldn’t quite grasp the correlation between the explicit poses and amplifying “African-ness”. They dismissed her post as just another desperate attempt at fishing for some clout.
Lmao taking a jab at white people hair while wearing fake hair is hilarious as hell https://t.co/4VZhIXcwY6
— Low Fat Milk On The Rocks (@_Braam) March 8, 2020
You're not fighting anything here Mercy just post your nudes and move these fake deep statement about being African pigia marafiki zako wa chama we're tired of this nonsense https://t.co/dgodit62yW
— BABA XAVI (@Od3ra_) March 8, 2020
All I see is a girl prancing half naked online to seek male attention. There's nothing you're fighting for Mercy.
How could you even?. https://t.co/P4liKrgcSd
— UNDERRATED NINJA (@iamjoseh_) March 8, 2020
Why expose the AFRICAN body in the ways of the WHITE man? Guess what, as beautiful as you may be, try showing it in an African way, thereby making your message more authentic…
— John Ogola (@jjogola) March 8, 2020
You’re fighting for the African pride by posing naked? Ohhh Lord. Just pose naked in peace without dragging the African pride in it.
— Ken Odero (@koderoh) March 8, 2020
No pun intended but just asking how comes women or ladies have to pose naked or near naked to send a point..?just asking again *no pun intended *
— #UnKnown (@RealGilly_) March 7, 2020
Cant your Africaness be celebrated in other ways?
— Bethmar Mburu (@bethmar_mburu) March 8, 2020
The world would still get your message if you had some clothes on.
— Just Ben (@Ochibono) March 8, 2020
No one was brain washed by anyone, no one ever said that the African shape is not sexy or black is not beautiful…it all starts with you as a woman,do you appreciate your skin?,are you confident of being a black beautiful woman?,I love dark skin, I find it most beautiful!
— Tony Gichanga (@TonyGichanga) March 8, 2020
In her own defence, Mercy lashed out at one of the tweeps, contending that the mode of dressing was quite fashionable in the African past.
Boss, find time & go through history books, we were all naked & it was damn fashionable!!
— Mercy kyallo (@MercyKyallo) March 8, 2020
In 2017, celebrated news anchor Betty Kyallo revealed that Mercy has been instrumental in her success story and a great challenge for her to do better.
Through her social media pages, she added that the Yallo Leather Company founder has been a great inspiration in her hustle.