DR OSIEBUNI ISIOMA THOMAS - COO, Revive Tech Montessori, Lagos

“Everyone wants to ride with you in the Limo, but what you want is someone who will take the Bus with you when the Limo breaks down” - Oprah Winfrey.

Inspiration is being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. We have to work at getting inspired, and inspiring others just as we work at anything else if we want to see results! Inspiration comes through positive energy, taking action towards a task, and it feeds itself. It is a self-charging battery. Get yourself inspired and, in doing, inspire others. No one ever said it was easy being an entrepreneur. Whether you are in the early stages of your startup, just secured funding for your startup or you are ready for product launch, there will always be moments when you ask yourself if this whole entrepreneur thing is worth it. Instead of giving up and throwing-in the proverbial white towel, keep your head up and remember the words of Michael Jordan, (NBA Hall of Famer) he said and I quote “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. 26 times I have been trusted to take the game’s winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” We all define success differently. For some, it might be the ability to purchase a nice car, purchasing a nice house or take a fabulous vacation. For others, it might mean being able to provide for one’s family. I think it is important to take time to explicitly define what success means to you. And of course, you do not have to settle on just one definition. Our today’s Amazon Dr. Isioma Thomas, just like other Amazons we have featured on our Series, they have one thing in common… they know the true definition of success and what it means to fail. That has been their selling point! When I think about my little successes, and the successes of my peers, several practices immediately jump out at me.

Practices to boost your chances of success in life and Business:

  1. Seek out new experiences: this means when you are willing to challenge yourself and want to keep learning about the world around you. Those are the two keys to success.
  2. Abandon your expectations: Having an expectation is a surefire road to disappointment. When you open yourself up to possibility, not necessarily expecting anything immediately or directly in return, amazing things can happen. I have been reminded of this time and time again.
  3. Treat everyone you meet with respect: Everyone has something to offer. You will be surprised at how many people will be willing to support and follow you if you treat them with respect, regardless of what they have achieved or where they are in their life. To be successful, we all need help. It is impossible to predict who may be able to help you later. People are dynamic. Things change.
  4. Give back: Whether it is a charity, a cause you believe in or a stranger who could benefit from your help, there are immeasurable benefits to thinking of others.
  5. Celebrate milestone, large and small: You will be a much happier person if you celebrate each step along the way. If you wait to celebrate that one elusive goal – you might end up waiting a long time. There is so much more for you to celebrate. And when you make the time to celebrate milestones, you welcome others – your friends and family – to take part in your success.
  6. Let go of the past: Mistakes are stepping stones to success. I have learned more from my mistakes than my success. So stop beating yourself up when you make mistakes. And in that same vein, try not to be so hard on others.

Dr. Isioma Thomas is a passionate educator that believes so much in educating children for achieving peace within themselves and in the world in the way of Maria Montessori. Though a trained Veterinary Doctor from the prestigious University of Ibadan who has abandon all that now for her love for Montessori education.

Dear readers, enjoy this excerpt I had with this amazing Amazon!

IAS: May we meet you, Madam?

Today’s Amazon: My name is Dr. Isioma Thomas (nee Edike). I am a trained Veterinary Doctor from the prestigious University of Ibadan. Though I’m presently, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Revive Tech Montessori, a company that is into the sales of Montessori materials and teacher’s training. I’m also the Proprietor and Administrator of Helen Mercy Memorial Group of Schools, Lagos. I was born into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Joshua Edike. Though my siblings and I are born in Lagos. But my father, Elder Joshua Edike is from Owa Alizomor in Ika North East local government, while my late mother Elder Helen Mercy Edike is from Agbor- Alisimie in Ika South local government Area both in Delta State. I have an elder brother and two younger sisters.

IAS: How was your growing up like?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: It was fun. I grew up here in Lagos but we went back a couple of times to Agbor during holidays. My grandma lived with us and helped to brought us up, so I learnt to speak Ika language from her.

IAS: Which primary school did you attend?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: I attended a private Catholic School called St Child briefly before I moved to Our Lady of Fatima Primary School. I finished in 1983.

IAS: Which secondary school did you attend?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: I attended New Era Girls Secondary School, Lagos from 1983 – 1988.

IAS: What was your first career choice?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: I actually wanted to become an Actress. I was not really too keen on science subjects, but my parents and teachers prevailed that since I was academically sound that I should study sciences. More so, my parents wanted me to become a Doctor. And since I had distinctions in all my WAEC papers, so I had no excuses.

IAS: Let’s talk about your tertiary education

Dr. Isioma Thomas: While I was waiting for my University admission, I did a semester in Yaba College of Technology; studying Mechanical Engineering. Before I proceeded to the prestigious University of Ibadan to study Veterinary medicine. I graduated in 1997 (D.V.M Veterinary Medicine) as the best graduating student of the Faculty, I also won other four awards. I also had merit in my M.SC in Management Information Systems (MIS); change and Development as applied to Developing Countries, University of Manchester, United Kingdom. I have also studied the Montessori Philosophy both in Nigeria and Internationally and I had a Certificate in Early Childhood Montessori Education (3-6 years old).

IAS: Where did you do your NYSC?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: I did my NYSC here in Lagos, though we had our Orientation in Shaki which was a village in Oyo State.

IAS: Tell us about the administrative and leadership positions that you have held so far

Dr. Isioma Thomas: I have held the following leadership positions in the following organisations:

  • Model Agro Ventures, Lagos: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, from 1999 -2001
  • Vetiguns Communications, Lagos: General Sales Manager, from 2002 – 2007
  • Revive Tech Montessori, Lagos: Chief Operating Officer (COO), from 2009 till date
  • Helen Mercy Memorial Group of Schools, Lagos: School Administrator/Proprietor, from 2010 till date.

IAS: Dr. Thomas, why are you not practicing your profession as a Veterinary Doctor?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: Hmmm! I had a farm for some years after my graduation but I did not really have a passion for it. I then went into Communications with my husband for some years before veering into educational field.

IAS: What attracted you into the educational field?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: My mum! She was a seasoned educator and school administrator, she ran her own school (Model Nursery and Primary School and Mercy College). She graduated with B. ED and M.Phil. from the prestigious University of Lagos. Another major attraction for me, is the early year section. I came across the Montessori system of education while I was in the UK and my mum then told me she needed help with her schools. In thinking of a way to improve the standard of the School Curriculum, I introduced the British Curriculum and the Montessori system to one branch of her School when I returned from the UK.

When I introduced the Montessori pedagogy, I discovered it was difficult to get the apparatus locally, so I travelled back to the UK and purchased some for the School and in trying to cover my cost of travelling I also invested in buying more so I could sell to other Schools, that birthed my company (Revive Tech Montessori).

IAS: What is your staff strength?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: In total we have above 60 staff combined.

IAS: How do you motivates your staff?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: I motivate them by first according them the respect due to everyone, I make sure I delegate and challenge them on task. I arrange appropriate trainings both in house and outside for them. I carry them along especially the top management on the running of the Schools. I also try to keep to any promise made and give rewards when deserved and necessary.

IAS: How is marriage life?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: Wow! Very blissful. I’m married to Mr. Wale Thomas (Yoruba man). He is a nice and God-fearing man. The marriage is blessed with two wonderful boys and a girl.

IAS: Tell us the best book that have impacted much on your life Dr. Isioma Thomas: Wow! I’m an avid reader. I read so many fictions and non-fictions. Funny enough, I do not remember titles that well. I go with the contents and authors.

IAS: What is your philosophy to giving?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: I believe giving is living. There is an immeasurable joy that you get when you give to people especially to those that cannot pay you back.

IAS: Tell us your best quotes? Dr. Isioma Thomas: “A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of what he possesses”. “Attitude determines altitude in life” – Bishop David Oyedepo.

IAS: Who is your role model?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: I love strong feminine women. Maria Montessori, Oprah Winfrey, Onyeka Owenu and my late mum Elder Mercy Edike.

IAS: Tell us about all these awards…

Dr. Isioma Thomas: I won 4 awards from the University of Ibadan in 1997 and that includes the best graduating student in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. I also won a merit award from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. 2019 SIIS award (School Improvement and Innovation Summit) for innovation in Educational resources.

IAS: Dr. Isioma Thomas, what is your ‘Nextlevel’?

Dr. Isioma Thomas: I am a lifelong learner. I’m always reading one research paper or another trying to see how we can prepare our children for the responsibility of directing the future of this Country.


Dr. Osiebuni Isioma Thomas, (D.V.M) is a passionate educator that believes so much in educating children for achieving peace within themselves and in the world in the way of Maria Montessori. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Revive Tech Montessori Ltd; a supplier of premium quality Montessori material throughout the Country and also a Montessori training Centre. She is a role model, a mother, farmer, administrator and a seasoned teacher. She is the first Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Owa Alizomor. She is a silent achiever and one of the finest Amazons from Ika Nation. She has a passion to see the Montessori pedagogy applied in schools all over Nigeria and has thus found a way to break the myth that Montessori education is only for the rich and is making affordable quality Montessori materials available for low income schools all over the Country.


© Ewere Okonta