“I was the only child out of 14 children that got pregnant out of wedlock” || Omawumi shares her story on single motherhood

On this week’s episode of #WithChude, singer-songwriter, Omawumi shares with host Joy, Inc. founder, Chude Jideonwo, what has worked for her in the pursuit of true happiness and her journey through single motherhood into a consciously decided marriage.

“My father has 14 children, I am the twelfth child, I was the only one as at that time to get pregnant out of wedlock,” she said. “I conceived three months after we [my husband and I] met.”

“I asked him, ‘Are you ready to marry?’ and he said he wasn’t.”

Inspired by the lifestyle of Charlie Boy and Denrele, Omawumi reveals how she has lived her life exactly how she feels is best regardless of the opinion of others.

Reflecting on the past in a thought experiment initiated by Chude, she discloses how she’ll advise her younger self if she could, not to limit herself and to take advantage of every opportunity.

“I’m just living, some people don’t remember to live. Living isn’t necessarily enjoyment and enjoyment doesn’t necessarily mean happiness.”

She confessed that while single motherhood didn’t tax her a lot, her children like it better now that she is married to their father.

#WithChude is a special series of targeted multimedia conversations and investigations focused on narratives that enable and strengthen the mind, heart, and spirit. New episodes of #WithChude show every Saturday at 9pm on TVC Entertainment, and every Thursday on EbonyLife TV at 7:30pm. With an extended play podcast up on Spotify, iTunes among other podcast platforms every Wednesday at 10:00am, everyone can join the conversations.

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