Aituaje Ebele Iruobe, popularly known as Waje, has revealed certain information about her personal life, implying that motherhood has affected her in several ways.
While speaking with prominent TV personality Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on his show Rubbin’ Minds, the mother of a 22-year-old woman said that she cut down on her alcohol use the day she returned home inebriated from an event and was greeted by her daughter.
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“The one time my kid saw me intoxicated was the reason I had to check myself,” the sonorous vocalist explained. That was in 2013, and it wasn’t a pretty sight, the sonorous vocalist said.
“The one time my daughter saw me drunk was the reason I had to check myself. It was not a great sight and that was in 2013. I got home after an event. You know when you go to an event and you take one glass of champagne here and there.
“I got home and I was drunk. Guess who opened the door for me? It was my daughter. That is not something any parent should do. When your child is living with you, there are some things you should not do.”
Waje went on to say that parenthood has an impact on not just her personal life but also her business.
According to the singer-turned actress, her duty as a mother caused her to turn down several job opportunities, and she never let anybody she was romantically connected with to see her at home.
The singer said,
“I give a shoutout to my mother because when I had Emerald, she did not stay with me till she was 13. My mother really helped me with the foundation and that is me being honest. With parenting, there is never really a handbook that would tell you how you should be. You just know that some of the experiences that you have had will definitely want to make you make the right foundations with your child when it comes to characters, principles, and how they live.
“It is not a job; so when you ask me that, ‘Waje how do you do it?’, I just do it.’ It is not a job. Music is what I do; acting is what I do, but a parent is who I am. I just do it. I do not know how I do it, but I just have to.
“Support system is very important, but you just embody the role when it comes. Not everybody does that, but you just have to. Looking at her now, she is in her final year and I am just like, ‘wow!’
Waje remarked that being a mother had an impact on her profession since she had to make some decisions and couldn’t do some things because her first priority is her child.
“You are seen as a family because you have a child. Even my personal life was affected for a very long time because whoever I was in a relationship with, I don’t even allow to come to my house,”
“You do not come to visit because parenting is that sacred; so, you have to be sure of your choices so that the children do not do what they are told but what they see. So you have those boundaries.”
The singer revealed.