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Sweet Mother, Dear Mother! Showing Love to Mom this Mothering Sunday on BellaNaija



Mothers are special and unique. At BellaNaija, we believe that there can never be too many days to celebrate the courage and bravery of our mothers, so we thought it’s be a great idea to have a special shout out to our mothers. Mothers are loving and can sometimes be exasperating but we love them nonetheless. We decided to ask a few people to tell us about their mothers. The good, the unique and the oh so touching. We found their responses quite cute and adorable and we hope you’d take time out today to remember your mothers or the women who stood firmly in the place of mothers in your lives.
Happy mothering Sunday!

My name is Noble Chibuzor Igwe. I work with The 360 Group. My mother’s name is Lady Charity Uzoamaka Igwe. Ezinne, Odibeze 1 of Umuomaku.

Mom in Three Words:
Endearing, Irreplaceable & Beautiful.

Fun Things We Do:
Watching Nollywood movies together. My mum is the only person that will go the movie shop with you, pick a particular movie that none of you has seen before, get home and while watching the movie will ask you. “Is he going to her house to kill her?’’ Like seriously Mum. We are just seeing this movie for the first time now. I also enjoy going to the market with her so that we can go from seller A who’s selling onions for N10, then ask seller B, C, E, D, F and end up buying it from seller Y at N10, 000. I love these things about her and never complain and I always look forward to these experiences every single time we are together in the same city.

Mom’s IT Factor:
I think the IT factor about my Mum is that she practically lives for the 5 of us, her kids. Some time in the past, things were a bit tough for my family and two incidents stands out. 1.My mum used to pay for a seat in a bus, then carry my younger brother and I on her thighs so that she can only pay for one seat and it does not matter the distance. 2. In Igbo land, upon marriage, a woman is given a sewing machine by her family as a gift, during the tough period, my mum sold hers so she could feed her kids and her husband .She even sold it on credit, but every single time she was paid, we get to share a bottle of Coke.

Mom Words on Marble:
“Ogodo ka eru nwoke, ebe oruru ibeya’ – Every young boy will someday become a full man and as such will face the responsibilities of a man. “Oke soro ngwere ma mmiri, mmiri ko ngwere,oga okokwa oke” – A rat does not play in the rain with a lizard ,because while it’s easier r a lizard to get dry,same does not apply to the rat “ “ Afa gi bu, chibuzor,Chi gig a eburu gi uzo’” – your name is Chibuzor , God will always be ahead in whatever you do.

I Wish She Wouldn’t Nag Me So Much About:
My Mum does not really nag me, she probably wants me to get married.

These Are A Few of Her Favorite Things:
Gold – Yes, things did turn around for the family and she’s getting them to remind herself of the time when she didn’t have them. Coca Cola – She loves Sugar, something she passed onto me Prayer – This may not seem like a thing but my mum can pray for the whole of West Africa at the Olympics. There’s a prayer for every single thing under the sun.

Just like Mom:
My mum and I are very patient with people and we have the same type of nose.

Fondly call her:
“Nma”- beauty. That’s what we all call her, my friends inclusive

Favorite Mom Moments:
Some of the favorite moments include: Lending me money and not asking for it  Those visiting days in secondary school and for the record, my mum went with me to register in every single school I attended up to university level. Can I include when she gives me a car on my wedding day just incase she gets to read?


Salewa and Segilola Akin-Taylor, we are sisters, we are also lawyers and together we run a fashion blog called – We had the most awesome mother.

Mom in Three Words:
Selfless, Caring, Beautiful (but you know these 3 words will never be enough to describe her)

Fun Things We Do:
Salewa– Our gisting sessions, she had the most infectious laughter
Segi– Dancing and singing. She loved Collabo by Deebee and Dami Duro

Mom’s IT Factor:
Mum’s special because she was extremely caring and almost blind to her own needs always putting us first, there was no point in our lives when we ever doubted her love for us, we always felt that love, the feeling will never go away.

Mom Words on Marble:
Salewa– She always taught us to be upright in everything we do.
Segi- Make sure you marry your friend, the bond between you, your brother and Sister should be unbreakable

sistaI Wish She Wouldn’t Nag Me So Much about:
Salewa&Segi- Constantly pressing our blackberry phones

These Are A Few of Her Favorite Things:
She loved dancing so much, she was also a fabric connoisseur, we probably need years to exhaust her stash.

Just like Mom:
Salewa- Everyone says I look a lot like her, I also have weird moments when I’m told that our mannerisms are exactly the same.
Segi- Trait- I get angry easily just like my mum used to, but i snap out of it easily just like her. I also do not hesistate to apologise when I’ve wronged someone, she was like that too.

Fondly Call Her:
“Mama Mia” , “Mama” and many more

Favorite Mom Moments:
Salewa- Once my mum hadn’t seen me for a long time because I had been away in school, when I was going back she insisted on escorting me to the coach station, waited till I got on the coach, she kept waving and smiling at me until the coach was out of sight, that day I silently cried to myself, my mum was truly the best.
Segi- I bought my mum this fabric i knew she would love one christmas, and i cannot forget how she hugged me with so much joy in her heart. We both cried that day. I felt like i made her happy atleast once out of the uncountable times she had done the same for me.


Well, my real name’s Afolabi Durotoye. I’m 26. I was born in Jos, Plateau State. I grew up, for the most part in Lagos though. I’m a musician. A rapper to be exact. My love of poetry as a youngster most likely attracted me to this particular genre.

Mom in Three Words:
Strong. Loving. Faithful.

Fun Things We Do:
My Mom and I have a lot of fun conversations. We watch movies and TV shows together but the most fun thing has to be when she swings by my studio to listen to my new music. She always has something to say about it.

Mom’s IT Factor:
She’s the strongest personality I know. She never gives up and she makes sure I never give up either.

Mom Words on Marble:
Look on the bright side. Always.

I Wish She Wouldn’t Nag Me So Much about:
My Mom nags me about everything I think. Apparently, according to her anyway, I don’t call enough. She’s always on my case about that. I could be quite forgetful as well so she’s always reminding me about stuff I haven’t even forgotten yet. And finally, my food. Apparently, I don’t eat right either and I need to do something about it. I hear this everyday.

These Are A Few of Her Favorite Things:
Her kids. Her family. Her community. Her work. And I’m not even kidding. She cares very little for material things.

Just like Mom:
I’m pretty sure I don’t look anything like my Mom, which frankly, is very unfortunate for me. In terms of personality though, we’re quite alike. Like her, I’m mild-mannered, respectful and would rather be in my own space, undisturbed.

Fondly Call Her:
Mother. Like for real.

Favorite Mom Moments:
Honestly, I appreciate all the time I spend with her. I can’t pick anything in particular. Can anyone really?


  1. adeseyi

    March 10, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    awwww…..wat would we do without our mothers…my condolence to salewa & segi…i love ur blog btw.

  2. TT

    March 10, 2013 at 5:36 pm


  3. Nollywood REinvented

    March 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    aww this is just too sweet… happy mother’s day to all the BN mothers, all the BN readers that are mothers and all of your mothers!!!

  4. LPS

    March 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm

  5. Sexxie

    March 10, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Noble’s mom’s words on marble, deep! I love my mom, didn’t when i was younger though because she was overly strict & d best disciplinarian ever! At some point I thought she wasn’t my real mother. Being an only girl amidst two boys, I expected to be pampered but d reverse was d case. But looking back now, I could never ask for a better mom. She moulded me into d woman I am today. She’s d strongest person I know, kind, beautiful, generous to a fault(I got that from her), I can go on and on. Her words on marble: put God first and never give up hope, no matter what.

  6. nene

    March 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    i love my mummy! mothers are the best

  7. Knut

    March 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    “Is he going to her house to kill her?” Priceless!!!

  8. colourfulbutterfly

    March 10, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    you better do this for fathers day!

  9. tunsbaby

    March 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I think all true mothers ar just d same,loving caring,protective nd generous to a fault. My mum will complain about me pressing my blackberry too much, shopping with her in d market is not fun cos she keeps pricing but will eventually buy @ d initial price but she is just tring 2 save as much as she can….. She will keep nite watch on my sick bed,my greatest critic nd fan…..mothers are just awesome!!! Can’t wait to be a mother too

  10. AP

    March 10, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Shalewa and Segi!!!! . Tears . May God continue to keep your mother. Happy Mothers to all Mamas and future Mamas.

  11. Faith

    March 10, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    This brought tears to my beautiful….I love my mum…hapy mothers day to all the mums in the world…

  12. sherif

    March 10, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    God bless my mother 🙂

  13. Engy Anaedum

    March 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Beautiful. Mama Noble is a baller. It’s good to be friends with one’s kids. Mothers are priceless. I wish they can be immortal,so they can reap the fruits of their labour to the maximum. I miss my mummy.

  14. Demmy

    March 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Aww this is a very beautiful post. May the soul of Salewa and Segi’s mother rest in peace. Happy Mothers Day 🙂

  15. Ms. D

    March 10, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I wish I could say the same for my mum #sobs#

  16. esteelauder

    March 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    i must do my own too. my mom is generous (to a fault), bold, and selfless. fun things are gisting for hours especially about boys and watching indian movies (she loves them). Mum IT’s factor, her love for Christ mehn (nothing can seperate them sha)and that reflects in everything she does. i wish she wouldn’t nag about my forgetfulness, shes just too strict, but it paid of in the end. her words on marble: dii Jesu re mu dada (hold on tightly to Jesus). her favorite things, her family, the Lord, and the househelps, drivers, sales girl etc that she spends time talking to and impacting changes in their lives. we smile alike, but thats where it stops, still trying to emulate her.fondly call her mommy or iya Salewa. favorite moments when she comes to my room to talk to me just before i embark on a journey.this space cannot capture her, love u loads mum

  17. candyjay

    March 10, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    i almost cried i love you mum ur the best i remember our fights, tears and laughters kisses and big hugs!!

  18. Na wa

    March 10, 2013 at 9:04 pm


  19. Deedee

    March 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Mothers are the best, love u Mum……

  20. P.

    March 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    This was such a great read! I didn’t want it to finish! You should so do this for Father’s Day too =)

  21. babyliss

    March 10, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    My complains abt M̶̲̥̅ε̲̣̣̣̥ pressing my bb 2, I love U̶̲̥̅̊ mum, U̶̲̥̅̊’re d best

  22. R

    March 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Lovely! Happy Mother’s Day to all present and future moms

  23. Bea

    March 11, 2013 at 12:50 am

    Awww Shally! xxx

  24. Ona

    March 11, 2013 at 3:10 am

    Noble’s mom is a babe o!

  25. alice

    March 11, 2013 at 8:35 am

    mothers day is always a bitter sweet one for me….i wish she was still alife she worked so hard for us to be wat we are today …when we are sick she is in tears when we so happy she crys for joy she was always tinking for us my mum worked two jobs for us she tot in a sch after sch she does private lesson while we at home wld hav started the home lesson she does for kids …….she wrkd round d clock i remeber one day she gave us rice nd boild egg she ate her rice alone with no egg i asked her “mummy y aint u eating egg”? her reply was …hmm alili eat ure food u kno i dnt like egg i knew she was lieing anoda time she gave us all she had on her for food nd later i found out she trekkd from akute to omole estate if u kno the distance ehhhh i cant do half of dat journey …her favorite word is “do no forget where ure coming from” nd dat has been my guide…she tot me how to be submissive buh wise,how to be a lady,she tot me compassion i cld give anytin to hear her call me alilibeke …if u hav a mum love nd cherish her cos when dey gone every single deed u shld hav done dat u overlooked wld eat u up as guilt …RIP MUM …

    • Lade

      March 11, 2013 at 10:42 am

      Aww so sorry bout your loss darling,stay strong and God keep you. My mum stays in akute and I no that distance to omole,really long one! Take heart and always make her proud.

    • alice

      March 14, 2013 at 7:54 am

      tnks hunny its a really far distance my family house is in akute too …tnks alot nd may ure mum live long to reap the fruit of her labour amen…

  26. Retrochic

    March 11, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    i love my mother, happy mother’s day

  27. The original Beebee

    March 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    @Alice..your write up brought tears to my eyes…

    May she RIP….


    • alice

      March 18, 2013 at 8:54 am

      tnks gal………

  28. lamee

    March 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    wow…..nice read…..i luv my mama to d bones.May God bless and keep her for me.mama ni mama mi….abiyamo tooto.


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  30. markdeco

    March 15, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Mothering Sunday is a holiday celebrated by Catholic and Protestant Christians in some parts
    of Europe. It falls on the fourth Sunday in Lent (For Orthodox Christians in Europe and
    elsewhere, the fourth Sunday in Lent
    remembers St. John of the Ladder (St. John Climacus)). Secularly, it became an occasion for honouring the mothers of children and giving them presents.[1] It is increasingly being called Mother’s Day, although that has always been a secular event quite different from the original Mothering Sunday.[1] In the UK, Mothering Sunday is celebrated in the same way as
    Mother’s Day is celebrated elsewhere. History During the sixteenth century, people returned
    to their mother church, the main church or cathedral of the area, for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest cathedral.[1] Anyone who did this was commonly said to
    have gone “a-mothering”, although whether
    this term preceded the observance of
    Mothering Sunday is unclear. In later times,
    Mothering Sunday became a day when
    domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own
    mothers and other family members. It was
    often the only time that whole families could
    gather together, since on other days they were
    prevented by conflicting working hours, and
    servants were not given free days on other occasions.[2] Children and young people who were ” in service” (as household servants) were given a day off on that date so they could visit their
    families (or, originally, return to their “mother”
    church). The children would pick wild flowers
    along the way to place in the church or give to
    their mothers. Eventually, the religious tradition
    evolved into the Mothering Sunday secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers.[1] By the 1920s the custom of keeping Mothering
    Sunday had tended to lapse in Ireland and in continental Europe.[3] In 1914, inspired by Anna Jarvis ‘s efforts in the United States, Constance Penswick-Smith created the Mothering Sunday Movement, [4] and in 1921 she wrote a book asking for the revival of the
    festival; Constance was the daughter of the
    vicar of Coddington, Nottinghamshire, and there is a memorial in Coddington’s church.[5] [6] Its widescale revival was through the influence of American and Canadian soldiers
    serving abroad during World War II ; the traditions of Mothering Sunday, still practised
    by the Church of England and Church of Ireland were merged with the newly imported
    traditions and celebrated in the wider Catholic and secular society.[3][7][8] UK-based merchants saw the commercial opportunity in
    the holiday and relentlessly promoted it in the
    UK; by the 1950s, it was celebrated across all the UK.[7] People from Ireland and the UK started
    celebrating Mother’s Day on the same day that
    Mothering Sunday was celebrated, the fourth Sunday in Lent.[3] The two celebrations have now been mixed up, and many people think that they are the same thing.[2] Mothering Sunday remains in the calendar of
    some Canadian Anglican churches, particularly those with strong English connections.

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