I personally see nothing wrong with single mothers, we know the journey is hard especially when a woman plays the role of a father and a mother. In our part of the world where marriage is revered and treated almost as the ultimate for a woman, being single at a particular age can really be frustrating.
Marriage is a very important rite in our culture, as they say, it is the joy of every parent to see their children grow and get married, especially their daughters.
An evolving theory, contestable though, states that “women have expiring dates and it’s almost impossible for them to marry after the age of 30.” What then happens to a woman who is over 30 years and single? Has she become a failure? Must a woman just marry because her parents and society are giving her pressure to do so?
Here are 10 very known single mothers who have defied the theories and societal pressures to reach higher heights, have a child/children and are still not married.
1. Confidence Haugen
CEO of Afrodisciac Night Club, Konfidence Clothing and Mamaga Restaurant sees nor hears no evil.
She is a strong woman and a winner, even with a son. Confidence Haugen, aged 37, though a mother, is still single. She is a socialite and businesswoman who has singlehandedly built her business to what it is today.
She has managed to be a role model to many females despite the controversies that surround her.
2. Joselyn Dumas
Joselyn Canfor Dumas, born on August 31, 1980, is a Ghanaian TV presenter and actress. Today, she is the epitome of TV hosting, acting and event hosting; she has won many awards these past few years she’s been active.
She also has a daughter, and from what we know, Joselyn spent a few years in the USA, she decided to move to Ghana to pursue her dreams and so far she is successful enough even with a child and today, many men will kill to have her.
She has won multiple awards, including 2010/2011 TV Personality of the Year and was judged the hottest Ghanaian celebrity in 2012 by 4syte TV. The Self-made TV and movie star has made her mark in the Ghanaian showbiz circles.
She was the face of Range Rover Evoque in 2012, now a brand ambassador for Jobberman Ghana and has featured in top-notch movie productions.
3. Nana Aba Anamoah
TV host Nana Aba Anamoah keeps winning, she’s highly rated in her line of work even with a son who she adores so much. Nana Aba Anamoah, the bubbly broadcaster at TV3, is a single mother above 30 years and still not married to any man.
4. Rev. Joyce Aryee
Chief Executive of Salt and Light Ministry, she is a highly disciplined and self-motivated woman. Joyce Aryee has lived exceptionally and given every woman hope of getting to the top with or without a man.
Aside serving on many boards and as the Chief Executive of the Ghana Chamber of Mines for about 10 years, Madam Aryee is also a public relations executive, a counsellor, and an environmental consultant. In her private life, she has married twice, and when all the marriages broke down, she once said marrying again was not on her radar, and had since been a single woman.
5. Miss Elizabeth Ohene
Miss Elizabeth Ohene is a prolific writer whose work saw her rise from being a Reporter, Staff Writer, Columnist, and Acting Editor of the Daily Graphic and Mirror. She also had the opportunity to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Graphic Communications Group Limited.
She also worked for BBC World Service, London, UK. The former Minister had worked with the BBC as a Producer of Radio Programmes, then successively became a Presenter, Senior Producer on World Service and British Domestic Radio, Researcher and Columnist on the Focus on African Magazine and Deputy Editor in the African Service for English Daily Programmes, and in charge of the operational budget.
Nana Ekua, known in showbiz circles has been through it all, the bad news, the good news, you name it. She has 3 children and no husband yet. Two of her kids are adopted. Mzbel has been an empowerment to women. She is the CEO of her own Boutique, a former musician and has worked on several TV/Radio stations.
7. Caroline Sampson
She is one of the popular faces and popular voices on TV and radio respectively. Caroline has a son but she is a hardworking woman who has been signed on by brands like Woodin, Castle Milk Stout among others as ambassador.
8. Juliet Ibrahim
The mother of one has seen success in the movie industry, praised and highly acclaimed in Ghana and Nigeria. She currently is a producer of her own movies. She recently got divorced and that has brought her into our list.
9. Gifty Anti
Gifty Anti, ace broadcaster and host of The Standpoint, told the Weekend Finder that all the criticisms about her single status and the fact that she delved into marriage issues on her show did not bother her at all. “You see we are so hypocritical in this country, we sit in Ghana and watch Oprah, Ellen, who is a lesbian, and Tyra; we are excited when we watch their shows and we admire them, yet when one of our own is doing a programme and she is not married then that becomes a problem.”
She said as a Christian she believes when we go to heaven someday God would not be asking if she was married and how many kids she gave birth to, but what she did with the gifts that he deposited in her.
10. Doreen Andoh
Doreen Andoh, “the queen of the airwaves,” is over 30 years but looks chic and evergreen! Listening to her voice resonate through the speakers of a radio set when tuned in to Joy 99.7 FM every mid-morning can make your day, and that’s the magic voice of Doreen Andoh.
Over the years, many have grown to like Doreen just for two things: her soothing voice, which is very hard for anyone not to like, and the tunes that she dishes out daily to the hundreds of listeners of her show: The Cosmopolitan Mix.
11. Jessica Sarfo
Jessica Saforo is one of the hottest radio and television personalities in the country; the Traffic Avenue host has lots of awards to her credit. For the better part of her working career, she hosted ‘Brunch in the Citi,’ a programme that gave her lots of popularity. Jessica has lived above criticisms of being called a lesbian and had stayed focused to achieve everything she has, all without a man by her side.
12. Deloris Frimpong (Delay)
Popularly called Delay, started from Radio and advanced to TV, now she is an entrepreneur who owns her own Boutique, Mackerel product and TV show. She is powerful and very influential. She is above 30 and still single.
13. Lydia Forson
She has been known as a loud mouth but has stood strong through the troubles and controversies she sparks for herself. Lydia Forson is an actress and a movie producer/executive. She just chalked 30 last month and still single, hence her desperate comment about Duncan William’s preaching about marriage
Being single in Ghana and in our part of the world is not an easy task, being a single woman in your late 20’s is even harder, taking into consideration the stares from judging eyes and the pressure from society.