‘It has not been easy,  but we are coping’ – LIZ ANJORIN

How has it been single-handedly raising your child?

It is not difficult.  Right from the beginning, I see her as my sister.  It is not difficult to provide all her needs according to my ability.  Even if her father was alive, she is still my responsibility.  The only time I feel his absence is when I feel I need a little encouragement or I need to hear well done from someone.

At times, when correcting her, I feel his absence.  I think it would be good for a man to be involved in correcting her.  If she requests to see her father’s grave, I might feel oh, if he was around.  Aside these instances, there is nothing special about being single.

How do you juggle career and motherhood?

I tell my daughter this is what I do.  So if I travel to get stocks or go on location for a while, she understands that I went to pursue what would put food on our table.  She has that understanding.  It has not been easy but we are coping.

How challenging has it been as a single mother?

It is challenging but the grace of God is sufficient.  If her father were alive, he would have contributed meaningfully to everything.  Most times, I tell myself everything is okay.

‘I have no difficulty raising my son’ – GRACE AMAH

How has it been single -handedly raising your child?

It is not totally correct to assume that one person raises a child.  Children are raised not only by parents, the society plays a role as well.  And in Igboland, a lot of people can call the child to order.  It is part of the upbringing.  When a child goes to school, the teachers take over.  When they attend church service, pastors take over.  So in all, the society forms part of the raising up of children, even those whose parents are living together. However, drawing from your point of view of this question, I have no difficulty in raising my son because I have my parents and my siblings who are readily available to keep him company.

How do you juggle career and motherhood?

My son has not impacted negatively on my career.  The boy is about five now and in a good school where he gets all the attention he needs.  The joy of raising a child cannot even allow you engage in anything that will impede your attention to the child.  I have never had any challenge combining my work with looking after my child because the boy’s needs take prominence over other things.

How challenging has it been as a single mother?

The issue of a single or married mother is all about perception.  There are ladies living with men as couples who are worse than those living with a man.  What makes life is the joy one derives from the way he or she lives and not whether you are living with a man or not.  Yes, I am not married yet, but I am happy with the way God has been faithful to me.

‘I play my role well’ – BISI IBIDAPO-OBE

How has it been single-handedly raising your child?

God has been on my side.  Though I am not the only one taking care of her, I have my parents, I have siblings that are very helpful to me. Her father is also there.  He is very supportive.  It has been good, I bless God.

How do you juggle career and motherhood?

Every woman prays to be a mother.  Every lady wants a baby to cuddle.  Motherhood is a good experience. Once it is time for that role, I make sure I play it well. When it’s time to work, I go to work. My daughter is still young.  As she grows up, she will understand that when I am not available, I have gone to work

How challenging has it been as a single mother?

So far, so good.  God has been good to me.  I don’t think I have any peculiar challenge.

Credits: Encomium