CHINELO LINDA IKEME is a mother of 3 lovely children, Daryl 7 and a set of 5 year old twins. She previously worked for Afribank Plc. Chinelo’s primary reason for being a career mom is to support her young family.
“My primary motivation to work is to provide for my family, in addition to and in support of my husband’s efforts. The secondary is to avoid being dependent on anyone for anything. Third is to build a career and become VERY successful in it.
A major challenge for me is sickness. When any of my kids is ill and I can’t get time off work to take them to the hospital for treatment, it is a problem. Otherwise, motherhood has never affected me adversely career-wise.
I make up for lost time by spending my weekends & vacation entirely with my family. For the kids particularly, I allow them sleep in my bed, bathe in my bathroom, eat on my bed, watch tv in my room and even bounce & jump on my bed. As common as these may sound, they are rare treats my kids love because they hardly get the opportunity during the week when we all rush off to work & school every morning.
I think most Nigerian companies are fairly mom friendly. The best you get is your 3 months’ maternity leave. Some offices/bosses permit their new moms close work by 4pm.”