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The Inspire Series with Glory Edozien: Growing Up Different in Nigeria

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Identity – it’s a difficult thing. Some are lucky, they are able to shape, nurture and develop theirs, with limited interruptions from others. Not everyone is that fortunate. My first guest on the show, Yvonne Edozien, is an albino. There’s no hiding it. Once you see her, you immediately attach whatever connotation that title brings. It’s difficult enough growing up in today’s world trying to identify who you are, without the added struggle of the world telling you what you are.

How do you grow up, knowing immediately that you are different from everyone else? What are the challenges? What support system do you require? How do you develop your sense of self without being limited by negative perceptions? Yvonne and I discuss this in the first one on one webisode of the Inspire Series by Glory Edozien– Growing up different in Nigeria…. #pray #love #live. #Beinspired

Part I

Part II

63 Comments

  1. moimoi

    April 29, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    I totally loved this interview. She is so inspiring!!! She truly is open and honest.

  2. Ebi B

    April 29, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Well done yvonne. You really are an inspiring woman…..

  3. TT

    April 29, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I loved watching this. This has been so enlightening. God certainly doesn’t make mistakes. Wish you the very best in all you do Yvonne. Nice one Glory

  4. Marilyn

    April 29, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Inspirational and self confident young lady. Facing her issues head-on! Superb!

  5. O~Intuition!

    April 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Insightful.

  6. Nadia

    April 29, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Awesome. I was bawling after the Dubai story

    • Miss Anonymous

      April 29, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      Me too

    • Love

      April 29, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      I also became emotional after the Dubai story.

      Glory – you have got me hooked! Very well done and such a fantastic and inspirational start to your series.

      Yvonne – I really don’t know where to start from. Big E-Hugs to you! You are such an inspiration. I truly admire your openness and sincerity in the way you spoke. You are amazing and have got such beautiful and clear skin. God indeed does does make mistakes. You are the voice and inspiration that a lot of people need to hear. I have an uncle who married a woman whose father and all other siblings were albinos. I would lie if I said nobody in the family had concerns about it at first. But her family are such wonderful and sweet people. Today they have 3 kids of which 2 are albinos. They are the most lovely and sweetest kids ever They also have issues with their eyes. I cannot wait for them to be older and point to inspirational people like you. You are wonderfully and perfectly made and may God continually Bless you.

  7. Tincan

    April 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Very inspiring. Nigeria is the one place where you dont want to be different. I applaud her for being so positive and determined to celebrate instead of limiting herself.

  8. Akua

    April 29, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Very inspiring and a strong interview. Great interview…

  9. wales

    April 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    A very open and honest conversation. Glory is beautiful.

  10. anon

    April 29, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    seen her at the hairdressers. stunning girl, lovely hair.

  11. rick

    April 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    I think you are beautiful Yvonne…really beautiful…

  12. chrisiworld

    April 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    nice1 yvonne, i love ur openness and simplicity…all the best in all u do.

  13. Bolanle

    April 29, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Her skin is absolutely divine!

  14. annon

    April 29, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    I think she is Lynxx’s sister. OMG…she is so fine. Lord.

    • xoxo

      April 29, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      yea she is

    • Lola

      April 30, 2014 at 12:50 am

      I was thinking the same thing , saw her on shomaya’s insta page . She is absolutely stunning and inspiring .

  15. Nike

    April 29, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Wow!! This is insightful…
    Well done dear, you are doing so well.

  16. BC

    April 29, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Very insightful. Enjoyed it. Really admire her.

  17. Jb

    April 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Very inspiring

  18. deebubu

    April 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    She is refreshingly honest and very charismatic. She’s the loveliest albino I have ever seen.

    • Ropo

      April 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm

      i know you have good intentions, but why do you have to label her?

  19. Moving on Swiftly

    April 29, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    OMG! Do I love you or what. I love the way you talk, the way you presented your points, your skin and hair. You are not vain my dear. very articulate and interesting female.

  20. Cancel Reply

    April 29, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Awww, I rem Yvonne and her sisters in QC. She and her other albino sister, Lauretta are very gorgeous girls! Now, let me watch!

  21. Marie Antoinette

    April 29, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I think that’s one of Lynxxx’ sisters. Gorgeous girls!

  22. Adeola

    April 29, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    Wow! This is so enlightening. It reminds me of my primary school best friend. She had albinism and the eye issues due to bright light especially the sun. I never for once thought of how much she/albinos go through. She was a really strong girl who never for once showed she had any problem with albinism. Everyone was cool with her and loved her golden hair. Same with her brother. This episode really inspired me. Treat everyone equal regardless of how or whatever situation you find them in.

    Good job Glory!! Keep encouraging and supporting woman power.

  23. ao

    April 29, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    If I were to stare at this young woman, it would be because she is so beautiful. In fact, I have been doing makeup shopping for one of my albino relatives so that she can enhance her natural beauty. In fact, I have several albinos in my family and I carry the recessive gene that causes albinism. Because of this albinos are not strange to me and I have been privy to their daily struggles e.g., poor eyesight, dancing eyes, sunburn, very dry skin at times, people staring, and sometimes discrimination. I admire their resourcefulness and can-do attitude.

  24. Abisola

    April 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Open and candid. Glad I watched this.

  25. Fatimah

    April 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Refreshingly honest and very insightful. I learnt quite a lot. She has a lovely voice and diction. Glory E. didn’t disappoint too, I like that there are no unnecessary interruptions and that sensible follow-up questions were asked.

  26. LV31

    April 29, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    wow I love this. soo imspiring.

  27. [email protected]

    April 29, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Yvonne is sooo breathetaking and articulate. I love how she expresses herself

  28. kokie

    April 29, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    You are a beautiful both inside and out. God you bless you

  29. nwanyi na aga aga

    April 29, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    wow! Yvonne you are indeed an inspiration and u re very cute.

  30. Sunshine

    April 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    She sounded very articulate, well spoken and confident. I was very impressed, still am. Enjoyed listening to her.

  31. Kina

    April 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    This lady is soooooooooooo beautiful. Shes literally what I’ll imagine an angel will look like. Goosebumps!!

  32. GreenDiamond

    April 30, 2014 at 12:07 am

    oh! yyone u make me want to have albino friends hehe pretty cool interview

  33. Cannime

    April 30, 2014 at 3:07 am

    Good job Glory and Yvonne. You are very beautiful Yvonne. I have learnt a lot from this interview. Wish you all the best.

  34. Boondocks

    April 30, 2014 at 3:13 am

    thats one damn fine albino!!!!

  35. Stephy

    April 30, 2014 at 3:29 am

    I loved every second of this interview.
    Glory good job!
    Yvonne you are one beautiful woman inside and out!

  36. Que

    April 30, 2014 at 3:41 am

    Yvonne you most certainly have been a VOICE!! Very enlightening interview…. I learned a lot, thank you.

  37. The real Tolu

    April 30, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Great interview Glory! I enjoyed every bit of it.
    Thanks for sharing your story Yvonne, I can’t even begin to imagine what your life must have been like growing up in Lagos…hmmm, not the friendliest place in the world when u are different. I clutched my pearls in disgust when u mentioned being tagged as a ghost in a picture…heavens! Nigerians can be so uncouth and extremely rude sometimes.

  38. chi-e-z

    April 30, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Inspiring and she is gorgeous.

  39. Beautiful Gal

    April 30, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Yvonne you’re sooo beautiful and inspiring.

    Lol @ their asking you if you were Russian. They probably thought you were a sophisticated Russian spy who had done something extraordinary so her eyes can’t be captured. They most probably don’t know and have never encountered an albino before,

    Why didn’t you simply explain to them about your eyes and they would have listened and let you go.

  40. dobz

    April 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Articulate, clean, clear english. No unnecessary ameribritish accent. Very refreshing and inspiring

  41. agbeke

    April 30, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    woohoo!!! one of our own! Yvonne is a truly beautiful person on the inside and outside and is one of the loveliest and most down to earth people I know. Shared a class with Yvonne for 6 years JSS1-SSS3 in QC so yep I know exactly what I am talking about. Yvonne is doing big things and touching lives daily btw…ok let me watch

  42. Nnenna

    April 30, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Okay when I saw this interview I was like…kai its long oh…
    Best 30 minutes of my life today…
    In fact if i go home now and call it a day I will feel like i have learned something worth living for…
    Yvonne! Yvonne! Yvonne! How many times did i call you?
    You are one hell of a woman. Beautiful inside and outside. articulate, open, honest, smart and deep…what man should not thank his stars for you ehn…
    lollll at hard in lagos already…re being single…
    It is only hard for those who do not know what God has in store for them so they want to force the issue…
    I have run into you several times out in Lagos and I like that you have refused to let the society dictate how you live and always looking good at it.
    I will personally be your driver just holla…(and I am a girl o) just so you can continue to be the bubbly amazing girl you seem to be…
    I do not know what God has in store for you but you said it all…God makes no mistakes…
    I pray that indeed over your life HE will make people marvel at that which he will use you to do…
    May the splendour of God be evident in your life….

    Glory thanks for this great interview o jare…more ororo to your elbows…

  43. Onye

    April 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I just got a lesson on never to judge people as you do not know what problems they have. I remember thinking back in QC how snobbish Yvonne and her sister Lauretta were, that they never said hello to anyone and never smiled and all that. And all the while the poor child had sight issues. Wow. I am glad that you are so confident in yourself Yvonne and I wish you all the best

  44. Karee74

    April 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    So, so inspiring. Yvonne , you are such an epitome of beauty and confidence. Lovely inside and out. I know that it must have taken a while to get to this stage but that is the idea. Do not let the world dictate to you, who you are. You have taken control of your own destiny and no one can ever take that from you. God bless you girl! I totally love your outlook on life.

  45. doreen ijomah

    April 30, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I am so inspired. I have a beautiful 6 Month old baby who is an albino. She is beautiful, vibrant and bubbly and I can’t wait to tell her how special and beautiful she is. I am going to tell her being different isn’t bad. God loves you much more than you know.

  46. lilian

    April 30, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Hello Yvonne,
    To say that you have educated the general public would be an understatment. You are very confident and to say the least, very beautiful. I wish i could get you to talk to my sister. Ultimate self love!!!

  47. Author Unknown

    May 1, 2014 at 4:14 am

    I hope you people will learn a thing or two from this interview. When we display prejudiced and ignorant behaviour, in any form, we hurt people even beyond our intended target. Unfortunately, Nigerian society thrives on hate. It’s ethnic group, social class, economic class, religion, sexual orientation, . Haba! Love yourself, relax, and enjoy the diversity that life presents.

  48. Dee

    May 1, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Great job, Glory and Yvonne! Beautiful interview.

  49. Angel

    May 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Nice one Yvonne. Like your strength . Your are inspiration yourself. Thanks a lot

  50. Kemms

    May 1, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Amazing interview! Glad I watched this today…Yvonne I as a woman, am so so proud of you and what you stand for, you are truly inspirational and I know you will continue to do great things. I used to be like the kids you spoke about when I was younger, so afraid of albinos until in high school I had the loveliest girl moved into my dorm and she was albino! I had goose bumps for the first night but slowly I got to know her as a person and found out how true, honest and real she was, how to her it wasn’t a big deal that she was seen as different, and how confident she was in her own skin. She totally changed my views on albinism, I could see first hand how much she had to go through because of her condition, she had the eye problems as well but trust me that girl had such a calm but open and confident demeanour and she was probably 13 at the time! I went from running away anytime I saw one to hanging out all the time with her and actually standing up for her if anyone dared talk trash about her, in fact we almost beat up a girl who called her names ! Thank you for showing the world what I saw in Tayo; that we are all the same under our skin and we should never judge each other without first doing our best to get to know whatever it is we might be dealing with. I wish you all the best in all your endeavours.xoxo

  51. From Cambridgeshire

    May 1, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    Yvonne thanks for inspiring so many people. Please continue to educate, and inspire people. Thanks for delivering another great interview Glory – please keep them coming.

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  52. JT

    May 2, 2014 at 12:51 am

    Yvonne…. I lurveeeee you!!!! You have easily won my heart as “the Lupita Nyong” did to hollywood execs. I mean, this interview is stupendously DYNAMIC!! You were superb and just educated the masses like no other. Baby, gyal… God makes no mistake indeed… as I can see he never did with you. May God continue to bless you in all that you do.

    And to Gloria: you have a winner for a first show! Great choice of the guest for your unveiling segment to the world. Was a fan of your BN write-ups in the past but now a super fan of this new venture. I am expectant and know great things will come from this avenue as well. You are easily the OPrah of the digital era. YOU GO GIRLS (Yvonne & Gloria). XX (From your new friend)

    BN – please continue to post more educated content like this. Makes me soooo happy to consume this type of content.

  53. chigirl

    May 2, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Most inspiring interview ever!!!…. my self confidence has soared & i can only thank God for you. The world needs to hear you. More women especially young girls need to hear ur story, A lot of women struggle with self esteem issues and listening to you is like medicine to a festering wound. God bless u Yvonne.

  54. Fola

    May 4, 2014 at 1:54 am

    As the mother of an albino boy (now a man) who also went to Corona School and who I love to distraction, this really inspired me. God ble ss you. I wish you all the best that life has to offer

  55. marisma

    May 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I love everything about this young lady. U go girl, Thank you for your transparency. I hope the positive comments here adds to your level of confidence. Goodness, do u know haw many girls out there who actually have it all but have no confidence? Thanks again for reminding us to accept the things we can’t change and spin it to work for us. Your strength is inspiring. God bless

  56. jumai

    May 19, 2014 at 12:38 am

    Very inspiring..two of my bros are albinos and dey are the shining light in our family..love dem insanely…de younger one is just a bundle of joy..very friendly and I hop he grows with his confidence just like her…

  57. nneka

    May 21, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    wow….. wow…. wow….. i’m just wowed. the honesty, warmth and realness in this interview just amazes me. God will perfect all that concerns you in Jesus name, amen!

  58. Adaora Vivian Egwuonwu

    Adaora Vivian Egwuonwu

    July 17, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Lovely n inspiring. She’s a combination of beauty n brains.

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