NINA ARCHI works in an oil servicing and engineering firm in Lagos. She has a five year old daughter named Diva. Nina works full time as an Architect and she still takes care of her daughter who goes to school. She says that juggling work and family has not been very easy.
“I would say that to a large extent my organization is mother friendly in the sense that I close at 4pm. However, I leave home at 6.30 am and have to get my daughter to school so early. The only area I wish my company could review is that of allowing me time to attend my child’s school activities. It is always an issue taking time off to go to school programmes.”
“My daughter was almost 5 when I returned to work. It was a huge change and I’m now reluctant to alter the routine I set up. I take her to school when I’m going to work and pick her up after work. I feel more comfortable that way because I’m not comfortable leaving her with any house-help, without any family supervision. It has not been difficult because the work is very challenging and I always want to learn new things, but I’m concerned about my daughter’s welfare and the impact on her. For other new moms preparing to return to work, my advice is, just leave everything to God….”
Nina’s time saving tip is, “Do as much preparation the night before so in the morning, you just need to dress up and take off”.