Today is Mother’s Day and Kenyans have taken to social media to celebrate the women who brought them to life and those who brought them up.
Here at eDaily, we’re taking time to celebrate 7 celebrity mothers who have exemplified different aspects of motherhood.
From Akothee to Grace Msalame and Size 8, here are the 7 mothers we’d like to celebrate this Mother’s Day.
A blogger, business woman, media personality and brand ambassador of Vivo Active Wear, Grace’s plate is pretty much full. However, the cheery Grace still finds time to be a mother to her gorgeous twin daughters.
Today, we celebrate Msalame for being an exemplary mother in a blended family set up – especially after she publicly congratulated her ex Paul Ndichu on his new relationship with new beau Evaline Momanyi.
Former Citizen TV anchor Janet Mbugua welcomed her first child Huru with hubby Eddie Ndichu sometime last year.
We celebrate Janet because she confronted the sexism that women often face when they are expecting.
During her final months of pregnancy, Janet was fiercely attacked by some members of the public for showing her baby bump.
A fierce defender of women’s issues, Janet Mbugua tackled the pregnancy shaming that most women face by encouraging mothers to flaunt their own baby bumps.
Flamboyant hit-maker, Akothee, has made it on our list because of her openness about being a teen mom.
The mother of five has, admittedly, had trying times as in her motherhood journey.
Akothee had her first child at 15, and what began as a teen romance ended sourly when the father of her kids dumped her when he landed a ‘big Nairobi job’.
She then had to do menial jobs to support her young family – from selling omena to driving taxis.
Eventually, the proud mother of five made it – so much so that she has gifted one of her daughters a car.
Akothee has also addressed the challenges that single mothers face, once taking to social media to school the public on the kind of questions they should avoid asking single mums.
“The next time you meet a single mother far away from home , please don’t ask annoying questions like ‘Whom have you left the children with ?’, because , even if she brought them to you, you won’t accept [the responsibility], would you?” she posted in March this year.
Nancy Mirasi – Most Outstanding Female Police Officer
The 2017 Best Female Police went to Nancy Mirasi, a woman who most Kenyans may not know.
During her last pregnancy, she worked till the last day, ditching the police uniforms for civilian clothes when they became too tight.
When lost and abused children are brought to the police station, her maternal instincts kicks in and she takes them home with him.
She takes them back home with her, bathes them and feeds them before returning them to the station the next day to complete the processes.
While most people like posting only rosy aspects of their lives on social media, gospel singer Size 8 has kept it real.
Size 8 has revealed that she has, at times, found herself without a nanny to care for her baby – a situation that many children can relate to.
In a YouTube video, the mother of one found herself in a tough spot when she had no one to look after her daughter, Ladasha, when she had to go to a show.
Today, we would like to celebrate MP Joyce Lay for fighting for the rights of women who have had to take a longer route to motherhood.
Lay – who the first elected female MP of Taita Taveta – had her son, Terrence, through surrogacy.
Opening up about her infertility issues on the floor of the August House in 2015, Joyce Lay, on the verge of tears, spoke about her four-year battle to adopt her biological son from his surrogate mother.
Finally, eDaily would like to celebrate Ugandan songbird Juliana Kanyomozi.
The mother has openly talked about the pain of losing her child, providing encouragement to many women who have also gone through the same painful process.
Juliana’s 11-year-old son died in 2014 following a after a severe asthma attack.
Speaking to the press in 2017, Juliana admitted that she is yet to fully heal from her loss. The gifted singer said that healing is a long journey, adding that she takes it one day at a time.