17 March

SPOTLIGHT ON VICTORIA ADEOLA ADEGOROYE

My name is Victoria Adeola Adegoroye and I’m 28 years old. The sad reality is that most persons living with albinism go through a lot as kids. For me it was difficult to be social and interact with my peers in school and people around me because I was different to the rest of them.
At a young age being very fair in complexion made me feel left out and an outcast. I was confused because  I did not know where I belonged or where I was going in life.
Victoria Adeola Adegoroye, #OAMFoundation, #BeyondTheComplexion, #Albinism, albinos, albino foundation in Nigeria, albino foundation, Onome Akinlolu Majaro Foundaton, albinismThe teasing didn’t really help my self esteem. I used to get teased a lot because I had gold hair and because of the way my eyes move a lot. I didn’t know why I was being teased and laughed at. At a young age I couldn’t understand why I was DIFFERENT.
Now I know there is nothing wrong being different. I know that I am living with albinism, I am more informed.  But back then it was confusing.  Growing up was not so bad. Usually I would get picked to be in a game called relay or anything that involves racing, because I ran fast in secondary school.
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Till date people still look at me in a weird way. It doesn’t bother me because I put my head up high and tell myself “I am what I am, and no one can change that”.  The self love all started when I turned 18.  I went back to my roots.  I discovered who I was when I went to Nigeria for the summer. Knowing my culture and family background made me who I am today. Being Nigerian makes me so proud because of the food, clothing and music……
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 Being albino doesn’t change who I am, however it defined who I aspire to become. I want to teach young children and teenagers  to dream big, to dare to be bold. I want to encourage them to be true to themselves and not live in fear. To accept who they are. To love themselves no matter how different they are from others.
Victoria Adeola Adegoroye, #OAMFoundation, #BeyondTheComplexion, #Albinism, albinos, albino foundation in Nigeria, albino foundation, Onome Akinlolu Majaro Foundaton, albinismI also want to  help parents who have children with albinism. I want to educate and encourage them the best way I can. I want them to know that they are not alone. I believe children are a gift from God. I don’t like when people judge or discriminate against children with disability or albinism.
I stand up to bullying and that’s why I want to advocate for anti bullying.
My goal is to be a motivated speaker one day . To motivate the younger generation and parents.

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