Being a mother is a thing of joy when there is a father figure also present, but when the male figure is absent and the onus of playing both roles falls just on the mother it becomes quite a burdensome journey. Irrespective of how burdensome this journey might prove to be is, a lot of women have defied the odds and taken up this role heads on of making themselves a model of a single mother.
Time and time again, a million accolade is what is due to these women who have become model single mums, notwithstanding whether they’re single parents by choice, divorce, a heartbreaking loss, or relationships that simply didn’t work out.
With a look at the Nigerian entertainment industry, the industry is blessed with a raft of talented women who have found some way to manage their hectic work life and yet still function as a single mum despite being in the face of the public living through constant public scrutiny. It will come as a shock that some of these women are single parents, playing the role of both the mother and father in the lives of their children. And they are still climbing the success ladder notwithstanding. READ ALSO: #Sexy! Venita Akpofure Goes Topless In These Sultry Snaps
These famous single parents unquestionably define what it means to be supermoms. While balancing careers in the entertainment space – either as a musician, model, or actor, these renowned women are doing an amazing job of bringing up their children on their own and making it look quite easy even though we know it isn’t. Here’s a little league of Nigerian female celebrities who are model single mothers effortlessly playing the role of both a mother and father to their child/children;
Actress and entrepreneur, Tonto got married to her ex-husband, Olakunle Churchill in August 2015. In February 2016, the actress gave birth to her son Andre Omodayo Churchill. However, in 2017, the couple parted ways and she has since assumed the role of both a mother and father to her son. Tonto has been making motherhood/fatherhood look easy as she never misses a chance to celebrate her son and how rewarding the journey has been so far.
Pretty fashionista, businesswoman and actress, Mercy Aigbe, who separated from her estranged husband on the basis of domestic violence, is a proud mother of two beautiful kids. Before her marriage, she had her first daughter, Michelle at 22 and later blessed with a son, Juwon, in Gentry’s home. Even though she still goes into one banter or the other with her ex-husband, she has been taking good care of her two beautiful children and slaying in the fashion department effortlessly.
Popular Nollywood actress, businesswoman, and fashionista, Iyabo Ojo was once married to a Lagos-based movie marketer in 1999 when she was 21. The union produced her two adorable children – Felix Ojo and Priscilla Ajoke Ojo. She divorced her ex-husband and moved on while working hard to build her career and multiple other business ventures which she named after her children, FesPris. Iyabo Ojo is not just a mother to her kids but a mother to all as she has proven so in the case of Princess and Baba Ijesha sexual assault sage with her unflinching support for the minor in question.
The queen of afro-beats, Tiwa Savage married Tunji “Tee Billz” Balogun in 2013. While their traditional marriage held in Lagos, the white wedding in 2014 was in Dubai. Their union produced a son, Jamil Balogun. In 2016, the duo went their separate ways. Since then, Tiwa has never stopped showering her son with all the love and care in the world and she surely deserves to be called the mum of the year.
The Big Brother Naija star, actress, and model got married to Terna Olusola Tarka and their union was blessed with two beautiful kids. The 5-year-old marriage crashed and ended due to financial instability and domestic abuse. Since her husband left the picture, Venita has more than ever stepped up to the plate financially while given her kids a stable home doing all possible to make their formative years filled with joy, love, and the good goodies little kids need to grow up safe and sound. Every year, she throws the best of birthdays for her daughters and they are indeed in a more stable environment living just with their mum.
Talented singer, Waje, gave birth to her daughter, Emerald Iruobe years before she got to the limelight. The contemporary R&B singer is such a model mother to her daughter each and every time. She recently shared an experience explaining how she had to stop her drinking habit just because her daughter saw her drunk once. She said after that one episode she made a conscious decision never to drink again because she always wants to lay a good example for Emerald to follow.
Award-winning Nigerian beauty enthusiast, lawyer, blogger and entrepreneur, Lola Ojetola is popularly known as Lola OJ welcomed her daughter in 2019. The model has been delivering in the entertainment industry while doubling a loving care mum for her gorgeous daughter. READ ALSO: I Stopped Drinking When My Daughter Saw Me Drunk – Waje
Big Brother Naija star, Tboss gave birth to her daughter in 2019, she is one reality TV star who has succeeded in keeping her private life private while being a model single mum. From time to time she shares her struggles as a single mother, but she has never stopped showering her little daughter with lots of love.
Actress Genevieve Nnaji, gave birth to her daughter, Chimebuka, when she was a teenager in secondary school. Rather than let that slow her down, she soldier on took care of her daughter, who is now married, without getting hitched to any man. Needless to say, Genevieve still rocks and has a figure that many would give an arm and a leg for.
Nollywood actress, Angela Okorie was once married to a man called Chukwuma Orizu some years back but their marriage crashed barely before it took off. Their marriage produced a son called Chamberlain Orizu. Angela’s son is a replica of his mother and she is indeed is a pillar in his life.
Popular Yoruba movie actress, Biodun Okeowo popularly known as Omobutty according to reports openly admitted that she was never married at any point although she was once in an abusive relationship which left her a single parent. She is a proud mum of two lovely children.Kate Henshaw
Nollywood actress and fitness enthusiast, Kate Henshaw was in 2000 married to Roderick James Nuttal. They had a daughter, Gabrielle Nutall. The couple was together for 12 years but the union shattered in 2011. Kate is not just strong when it comes to the gym but she also is a model mum to her daughter to date.Yvonne Jegede
Nollywood actress, Yvonne Jegede in 2017 married her hubby Olakunle Fawole, popularly known as Abounce, who is also an actor and the third and last child of the late broadcaster and actress, Bukky Ajayi. Her marriage which lasted a year produced a baby boy named Xavier. Yvonne has been delivering on the big screen and has never for once stopped delivering also as the best mum in the world to her son.
Gorgeous Nollywood actress, Adunni Ade has two sons D’Marion and Ayden. She revealed that after she made a difficult choice to break up with their father, she would continue being a single parent. It is a known fact that Adunni doesn’t joke with her boys as she adores them so much.
Nollywood actress, presenter, and model, Osas Ighodala got married to Gbenro Ajibade in 2015 whom she met on the set of the TV series ‘Tinsel. They had their first child, a daughter, Azariah Tiwatope Osarugue Ajibade in 2016 but got divorced in 2019. Despite her divorce, she can be said to a befitting mum who uses every opportunity to shower love and care on her daughter.