Five Minutes With Vivian Edoja

ILERA Apothecary

Posted on November 14 2018

Five Minutes With Vivian Edoja


Photos Kendra M Lee

Where does your biggest source of inspiration come from?

My biggest source of inspiration would have to be my village of family and friends. Being surrounded by so many talented and energetic individuals gives me the drive I need to stay committed to my goals and aspirations

How do you stay mindful?

I was introduced to meditation back in 2016 and the release that I experienced brought me to tears. Never had I felt so present and connected to the now. I am a single mother of two precious earth angels and also a few professional and leisure gigs that I maintain, so it can be very easy to get lost in the day-to-day routine of juggling them all. Taking the time to mediate in the evenings or even very briefly in the office helps me to just stop and exist in the moment.

Vivian Edoja for ILERA Apothecary, Obodo Series2

How do you recharge?

Beginning my day with a strength training session would have to be the best way for me to recharge. It gets the adrenaline going and oxygen flowing, keeping me alert throughout the day. A natural stimulant!

What is the driving force that keeps you going when the going gets tough?

Easily my kids. I often say that I don’t know what I would be without them; they’re what gets me up in the morning – both literally AND figuratively. I know that they count on me to show them how to navigate in the world, so I have to keep on pushing. There’s more to think about than just myself.

What’s one thing you did as a child that you wish you could still do now?

My son recently turned 10 and we had his birthday party at a skating rink. This was the first time in about 15 years that I’d put on skates. I thought it would be a breeze, but quickly found that skating isn’t a skill I possess any longer, haha. It would be great to be able to learn again.

What’s your take on the word “beauty”?

Beauty for me is really anything that makes me feel at peace. For one, finally overcoming cystic acne a couple of years ago brought me peace because I no longer felt the need to hide my skin under concealers and color correctors and foundations. I’ve also always found beauty in the peace that I get from seeing children laughing and playing with not a care in the world. Their innocence and joy is pure beauty for me. As of recent, beauty to me has been connecting with my community and finding ways that we can all be of service to one another.

One piece of advice that you find yourself giving the most?

Take your time. This can be within a day or over the span of several years. Wake up in the morning, say a prayer, stretch, eat breakfast. Do what you need to do to ensure that you’re not feeling anxious or rushed throughout the day. If you’ve got a long-term goal you’re working towards, be diligent but still take your time. Life is not a race. We live in a society that has taught us to always be on the move. Taking your time and finding a moment for yourself to breathe and reflect before moving on can really change your day or life.

In today’s world where the “fear of missing out” is made all the more pervasive through social media, how do you maintain balance?

I go on social media cleanses. I’ll delete my apps from time to time to bring myself back to me. It is very easy to get lost in what others are doing in newsfeeds.

We are challenging all of our customers and supporters to go green. What is one green tip you follow?

Apart from recycling, I have a no-paper policy. I receive all of my bills electronically and also keep my work environment paperless.


Humans. There are more than 7 billion of us alive and yet, no two of us are exactly alike. We encounter hundreds, if not thousands of people a day between our daily commutes to work, while browsing on the internet or binge watching our favorite television shows. Sometimes, we become so engulfed in the storyline we’re experiencing, that we  forget ourselves. By forgetting ourselves, we in turn forget the people around us. As human beings, we yearn for a sense of belonging, one that connects us to one another, a community. In the Igbo language we call that ‘obodo’. Obodo to us at ILERA Apothecary are the people we reach everyday. From our social media posts, to our ecommerce platform, and everything in between, we find comfort in knowing that this is where one finds balance. In this series, you will discover a few people who make up our obodo.

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1 comment

  • Wanjiru Kimani Purity: January 20, 2019

    The message in the statements made resonate with me in so many ways. Thank you.

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