ÈMÉDÍ KOKOBÉRNA

Welcome to KOKOBÉRNA
KOKOBÉRNA is West Africa’s leading luxury house, blending heritage and innovation to design therapeutic botanical skincare and beauty-through-wellness products that nurture body + mind + spirit™. Founded 1611 by ancestral monarchs of Old Calabar Kingdom, Nigeria, West Africa and today under the creative direction of a 14th generation descendant.
OUR ETHOS

LOVE.

IMPACT.

BEAUTY.

VITALITY.

ARTISTRY.

ELEGANCE.

REVERENCE.

CONNECTING.

SACREDNESS.

TRADITIONALISM.

TRANSCENDENCE.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE.

Our VALUES

BEAUTY + WISDOM + WELL-BEING

The West African proverb “the sun is hidden in her face”, translates a reflection of purity, of thought, of action; one’s inner light. Our highest purpose is to sustainably design products, rituals, and experiences that are deeply rooted in traditionalism, heritage, and holistic well-being so when others see you, they see the light within. 

 

LOVE = KINSHIP + ONENESS

We have an unwavering commitment to create an enduring love relationship between our customers who are discerning and deserve the best, our handcrafted products because they are of the most impeccable quality, and the reverence we have for Mother Earth and all of its wonderful inhabitants; a sacred triumvirate that upholds the traditional African philosophy of kinship + oneness™.

 

DO NO EVIL CAUSE NO HARM

A force for good, KOKOBÉRNA works steadily to do less harm and more good for people + planet. We choose not to be part of the problem. We constantly evolve our business for the highest good of all.

 

TRANSCEND MEDIOCRITY

We are just like you… women who had severe health challenges and got tired of being told we couldn’t trust our ability to know our bodies intimately. So we journeyed back to our West African origins and learned all we could about ancient traditional medicine and the philosophy of vibrant slow living using indigenous botanicals to heal and nurture our bodies. This is exactly why we do what we do - transcend mediocrity: to challenge obsolete and one-size-fits-all norms around the excellence of traditional African culture, femininity, masculinity, female health, and beauty as a spiritual practice... to create the best, the most impeccable, the most therapeutic well-being products to nurture and integrate body + mind + spirit™ for a lifetime.

 

A FORCE FOR GOOD: INSPIRE + UPLIFT

We believe "beauty is as beauty does™." We believe in equal human rights and equitable opportunities for women and girls. The global challenges we face as women in society require leadership. Leadership of ourselves. Hence, KOKOBÉRNA was purposely built as a force for good with the goal to inspire, to uplift, and to use business as an effective tool to move the world in a better direction.

Since the beginning, we see it as our responsibility to give back. We pledge 5% of every bottle and jar sold and donate the proceeds to charitable organizations and nonprofits supporting causes we deeply value: from providing safe shelter for victims of domestic violence, to educating our young girls of tomorrow in STEAMxB, to empowering women entrepreneurs and farmers in developing countries with micro finance opportunities, to environmental stewardship and earth advocacy. An important mission to inspire and uplift all of humanity. To be the catalyst that initiates change for a brighter future. With your continued support of our business, this is our gift of gratitude - our gift to humanity.

Our Name

KOKOBÉRNA is a combination of two words: Kǒkóèkà– our founder's tribal name has a rich ancient history in the Efịk culture to mean “mother’s daughter” AND Bernadette named after Saint Bernadette of Lourdes that was given during our founder’s coming of age confirmation rite of passage, to mean “strong, brave one”.

It is our belief the origin of our name reflects the essence of our brand and its destiny; an ideal that mirrors the substance of the KOKOBÉRNA Woman.

OUR ORIGIN
Our Founder

A global citizen who has intercontinental living experiences across Africa, Europe, and America, Belinda Kǒkóèkà Bassey Ephraim was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria into an Efik royal family and hails from a dynasty of female West African herbalists, 14 generations and counting.

The unwavering commitment to preserve her heritage, led to the laborious creation of the comprehensive heritage library of proprietary traditional West African-inspired remedies based on scientific research.

MEET BELINDA
Our Ingredients

In everything we do, we are maniacal about the details and believe transcending mediocrity is paramount. We do not identify with trends. We do not mass-produce. We do not outsource our process. We do not compromise. We built an ethical mindset into our business so everything we do considers our impact therefore we do not cut corners... ever.

In simple, yet profound ways, this is why making the very best product matters. It matters for those who love how KOKOBÉRNA products make them feel.

OUR PROCESS
The Podcast

Hosted by Belinda, the KOKOBÉRNA Podcast is a series that celebrates free-spirited women determined to live life fully with integrity, reverence, grace, beauty, courage, kindness, purpose, boldness and joyful radiance. A space that considers how women can embody the KOKOBÉRNA philosophy of beauty + wisdom + well-being™ in their lives.

It is a chance to speak up, to make a difference, to transcend mediocrity across the beauty and wellness landscape. A different kind of podcast that is 100% organically handmade. It is at the heart of my work in making change that I am proud of.

Call in to the show and leave a voice message … to share ideas, ask me a question, and for an opportunity to be featured.