Following my own teen pregnancy experience, and what I have undergone as a young single mother, I developed a soft spot for young mothers and therefore started the movement.
What are the activities of Young Mothers Africa?
We organize meet up sessions with young mothers and spend time encouraging each other, exchanging life experiences and learning together. We often hold events where we request people to donate diapers, sanitary towels and kids clothes which we give to the young mothers at the end of the event.
We also encourage the young mothers to go back to school/college/university, and teach life skills techniques for those who don’t want to return to school. We encourage them to use their talents and embrace their passion as they follow their dreams.
In addition, we also hold mentorship sessions and engage youth on topics such as abstinence, safe sex, family planning, talent and career life skills and the importance of education. ‘Equipping Young Mama Africa: Inspire, Mould and Equip’ is our slogan. I believe that we need our 15 year-old girls in school and not at home as young mothers. Together, we can reduce teen pregnancies and create a bright path for many girls.
How many members are you and where are you based?
Usually we are about 30 – 50 people during our meetings. We don’t have an office or a station but I operate from the local clinic (Biafra Lions) where I am a volunteer which is under the city council. I work along other nurses who assist with the Initiative.
Let’s go back to your life as a mom. How is that?
Gyan is now five years old and is a very active and social boy. He is my best friend. He loves to dance and take pictures, something that led me to introduce him to print and commercial modeling.
I have been with him in a few modeling set shows and at the age of only three, he already had a role to play. Perhaps he might end up taking acting as a career when he grows up! We love doing fun things together, such as watching cartoons, dancing and singing along to his favorite tunes.
Any plans of dating, marriage?
It’s been four and a half years since my child’s father passed away. The memories are still fresh, but I would love to walk down the aisle someday.
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