Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh has said that combining the tasks of marriage and motherhood is a difficult in today’s society.
The single mother of one made this known on Sunday, May 10 in commemoration of Mother’s Day celebration.
Tonto wrote in a long caption that Mother’s Day “is a day to salute the strength of mothers”.
She said “from the inception of pregnancy — the hormonal imbalance, weird cravings, and mood swings that come throughout the gestation period. It’s not a walk in the park to be a mom. Vaginal birth is painful, CS isn’t any less painful – motherhood is indeed a sacrifice. It is something a lot of mothers don’t recover from. Childbirth. And this is why you should carry your body with confidence. Those marks are stripes of your honor and strength.”
Continuing, she wrote, “today I’m celebrating every single mom too. It’s hard to be a married mother in this society already, how much more single moms who have to go extra miles to provide for their children? Single moms who are stigmatized by society; shamed and scornfully laughed at. Single moms who are seen as second class women — I celebrate you today.
“In most cases, they walked out of a deadbeat father; they left an abusive partner; they made the choice to prioritize their sanity and peace. I’m proud of you. And to every mother who’s stuck in a bad marriage just because it’s expected of her. I’m here to tell you that motherhood is not the symbol of suffering. Stop self-sabotaging. Stop minimizing your peace. Find the courage to leave any marriage that doesn’t serve your interests too. That time is over when we had to take anything just to be called mothers. We have broken that generational curse, and we are putting ourselves first.
“Happy Mothers to every mother. single or married, or widowed, you are a superhero. You collaborated with God to bring forth another human; that’s something to be endlessly proud of. Thank You King Andre Dikeh because of you I am called mother.”
Tonto Dikeh was briefly married to Churchill Olakunle with whom she had a son, Andre, before parting ways over irreconcilable differences. Dikeh’s marriage to Olakunle is riddled with various allegations that include drug abuse, and abusive relationship.