There is this word: ‘oyinbo’. I do not know much of its etymology, or whether it is a Yoruba word or runs through Nigeria. It means a ‘white person’, one of Caucasian origin. Sometimes, it is used to denote people of fair complexion, or with albinism. I have heard it used affectionately, not from an implied ‘fair is best’ way but the same way you’ll call a tall person ‘aguntasolo’. I have also seen children and adults point excitedly at a white person, and calling them by that name. It have not heard it used in a condescending manner.
I just read Diepiriye Kuku’s opinion on Outlook India on his painful racist experiences in India. While there are fewer alternative synonyms to describe an introduction as ‘an African has come’; I am unsure of what to feel about his disgust at being starred at.
Back at home, children would sometimes stare at an ‘oyinbo’. They would probably point too, giggle excitedly and even trail what they view as an unfamiliar, exotic creature. These kids – or adults - would appear ‘aggressive’ and ‘crude’, like Mr Kuku's perceives his gawkers to be. They would probably ignore a ‘go away’ expression, and look on with wonder. But would I describe them as racist? I don’t think so. Are my views objective? I am unsure.