Nigerian singer, Waje has opened up on how she juggled being a single mom and an artist at once.
During a chat with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Rubbin Minds, Waje revealed how her daughter made her check herself after she once got home drunk from an event.
According to the Music Star, parenting has no handbook especially for single parents as it is just a lifestyle.
In her words;
“In Parenting, there I usually no handbook to tell you what to do, you just know that with some of the experiences you had, you just want to lay the right foundation for your child when it comes to character, principles and the way they behave,”
“It’s not a job because when you ask me how I do it, I just do it, music is a job, acting is a job but a parent is who I am. I just do it. Looking at her now in final year and I’m like wow na me get this one.”
When asked how having a child has affected her profession, Waje stated she had to make some decisions.
“There were some things I couldn’t do. There were times I’d see something I really liked but couldn’t get it because you are always going to start thinking about your child,” she said.
“Some brands you couldn’t collaborate with because you had to been seen as a family person whether you are single or not. Even in my personal life, whoever I was in a relationship with, was not allowed to come into my house.”
“Parenting is that sacred. Children don’t do what you tell them to do, they do what they see. So you always have to be sure you have those boundaries.”
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Ebuka asked the musician if the perception of single fathers and mothers in the entertainment world is rated as the same.
For Waje it has never been the same because there aren’t a lot of single dads in the industry with their kids living with them. She also spoke on how her choices were guided due to her daughter living with her.
She shared the story of how her daughter once saw her drunk and how it made her check herself.
“I’ll tell you the truth Ebuka, the one time my daughter saw me drunk was the time I had to check myself.
This was in 2013 and you know how you attend several events, one drink here, one drink there, and it was my daughter who opened the door. It is not a sight any parent would want.”
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