This Setswana monologue zooms into how a young woman’s desire for visibility and beauty, coupled with a desperate need to escape being ridiculed for her dark skin, leads to a confrontation with God.
Since God has betrayed her by making her dark-skinned, ugly and poor, making it impossible for her to be like the Khayi Mbau’s and the Mshoza’s of the world, Montsho, the dark one, will take it upon herself to remake herself in whatever way she can. In her confrontation with with God, she says “Get away from me, God who despises me, allow me to dress myself in brightness so I may be seen. Will you punish me for granting joy to myself? Will you punish me for turning against what you created?” after which she switches to asking for forgiveness in advance because she will not back down.
After smearing generous amounts of make up in attempt to disappear the darkness of her skin, she is left with a version of herself that she does not recognise. Struggling to accept this new version but detesting the older version even more, she finds herself trapped in this state, unable to make peace with any version of herself.