“I have 4 children, all boys. The fact that they can look up to me and learn from my experiences motivates me to work”.
AMAKA VICTOR NWOSISI works with one of the leading telecoms companies in sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a mother of four children. She told WM that the fact that her four sons can look up to her and learn from her experiences is enough motivation for her to work. Please read on:
“I have 4 children, all boys. The fact that they can look up to me and learn from my experiences motivates me to work. The major challenge I face is that I can’t be there with them as much as I should. In addition, having all boys, another challenge is getting a good nanny to cope with them when I’m not there.
Thankfully, being a mother hasn’t affected my career prospects. I believe everything happens at its own time. It has nothing to do with being a mother or not. If you are really good on the job, trust me, motherhood won’t be a hindrance.
I make up for lost time at any given opportunity. I stay with them at birthday parties, have them run all over me at weekends, have weekend getaways with the family and I definitely spend every vacation with them.
Judging from my own workplace, I’d rate the nursing mother policy a 10/10. Nursing mothers get their full 4 months maternity leave and thereafter they close really early for another couple of months.”