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I Laugh When People Say Albinos Don’t Take Salt: Beautiful Nigerian Albino, 24, Shares Her Skincare Secret

Albinism(being an Albino) is a rare, non-contagious, genetically inherited condition that causes a lack of melanin pigmentation in the hair, skin, and eyes, making them vulnerable to the sun and bright light.

People Living with Albinism (PWA) face a high level of discrimination in all fields of endeavor in Nigeria, but one Nigerian albino, Vivian Adenijo, has developed a thick skin to such negativities.

The 24-year-old lady explains to Legit.ng why she chose to focus on changing people’s perceptions of albinism rather than forcing them to accept the condition, as well as the secret to her beautiful skin.

Vivian claims her grandmother was the most surprised by her birth.
Vivian Atinuke Adenijo, from Igbajo, Osun state, is one of five daughters in her family.

In reminiscing about her birth 24 years ago, the scriptwriter, model, and People Living with Albinism (PWA) activist told Legit.ng’s Victor Duru that her grandmother was the most surprised.

Vivian recalled her maternal grandmother telling her mother about her first time carrying her.

Her grandmother claimed she had to open all the windows in her birthplace to determine how white she was.

“I remember my maternal grandmother telling my mother once how she felt when she first got to carry me, and it’s so funny because I felt like I could visualize the look on her face because she was like, she had to open the whole window just to be sure of how white I was.”

While her grandmother did not anticipate having an albino grandchild, she cannot stop gushing over the fact that she has one.

“She still can’t get over the shock, and it hits her every time she sees me, and she just can’t stop gushing over my beauty,” Vivian explained.
And the young lady is a shining star in her father’s eyes.

Vivian explains why she isn’t concerned with getting people to accept albinism.

According to the National Open University (NOUN) mass communication student, albinos, including herself, are called derogatory names such as afin (Oyinbo in English), afinkoje iyo (Yoruba which translates to “they don’t take salt”).

Vivian, on the other hand, stated that she is more concerned with changing people’s perceptions of albinos than with educating them.

Misconceptions about albinos, she claims, have been passed down from generation to generation, which is why she has decided to shift her focus. She stated:

“…the misconception has been passed down from generation to generation, which is why I would rather work on changing the perception than trying to make people aware of and accept albinism.”
Vivian dispels some common misconceptions about albinos.
The rising model also lamented that many myths about albinos in public places are false.

Vivian debunked myths such as albinos not eating salt, being good for money rituals, not being intelligent, smelling, being good for sex, and being little gods.

Vivian used herself as an example to demonstrate that myths are false. She recalled the salt myth:

“When they say albinos don’t take salt, I laugh because I remember having to add too much salt to my food when I was still learning to cook and it never really affected me. I remember going on set one day and being specifically asked what I wanted because they believe I don’t take salt and I have to be picky with what I eat because of my skin, and when I told them I take salt, they were so surprised.”

“Taking care of my skin is very important to me, not only because I have albinism, but also because my skin pays my bills and speaks even before I do, so I make sure I take my skincare routine seriously and also my sun cream is very important.”

The aspiring iconic model and entrepreneur revealed that she is currently working on her first film and plans to launch her own cosmetic line.

Vivian urges other albinos to love themselves first and foremost because nothing beats self-acceptance. She stated:

Vivian recalled her maternal grandmother telling her mother about her first time carrying her.

Her grandmother claimed she had to open all the windows in her birthplace to determine how white she was.

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“I remember my maternal grandmother telling my mother once how she felt when she first got to carry me, and it’s so funny because I felt like I could visualize the look on her face because she was like, she had to open the whole window just to be sure of how white I was.”

While her grandmother did not anticipate having an albino grandchild, she cannot stop gushing over the fact that she has one.

“She still can’t get over the shock, and it hits her every time she sees me, and she just can’t stop gushing over my beauty,” Vivian explained.
And the young lady is a shining star in her father’s eyes.

Vivian explains why she isn’t concerned with getting people to accept albinism.
According to the National Open University (NOUN) mass communication student, albinos, including herself, are called derogatory names such as afin (Oyinbo in English), afinkoje iyo (Yoruba which translates to “they don’t take salt”).

Vivian, on the other hand, stated that she is more concerned with changing people’s perceptions of albinos than with educating them.

Misconceptions about albinos, she claims, have been passed down from generation to generation, which is why she has decided to shift her focus. She stated:

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She also mentioned albinos not seeing in the afternoon:

“I was in class one day when they asked a question, and when I raised my hand to answer, the teacher told me to lower my head because I can’t see in the afternoon.” That broke me, but it also prepared me for what was to come as I grew, because now when people say I can’t see in the afternoon, I just smile and move on.”
Vivian reveals the key to her flawless skin.

The young lady whose skin has been her selling point explains how she has managed to keep it in spite of the country’s harsh weather conditions.

“There is nothing as powerful as loving yourself, accepting yourself, and believing in yourself; as I often say, no one will accept you if you do not accept yourself.” Increasing awareness of albinism is more than just a means of establishing a respected community of albinos. Are they ready to accept and love themselves? If that’s the case, you’ll see people wishing to be albinos due to the beauty of self-acceptance.”
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