Actress, singer and filmmaker, Bukunmi Oluwashina, has said that motherhood has changed everything about her, including her career.
In an interview with Sunday Scoop, she said, “My motherhood experience has been amazing so far and it has changed everything about me. It is a beautiful journey I had waited for all my life. Even before I became a mother, I had made up my mind to do all it takes to take care of my children. But, raising the child is not an easy job. I cannot even remember the last time I had a good sleep. It has been challenging for me because I like to do things for myself. I find it hard entrusting things to people because I have trust issues, especially when it is something very dear to me.
“Motherhood has also had a huge impact on my career and other areas of my life. Now, I cannot just post ‘nonsense’ on social media. Ever since I became a mother, I realised that I was not just living for myself. Someone looks up to me and would one day grow up to read about me. So, I’m usually very careful about the things I do. Also, the baby has helped me in terms of being more creative, versatile and having the strength to do many things at the same time. While pregnant, I had inspiration for different stories and I did not imagine how they came to my head. Ever since I became a mother, the way I think has changed and my goals have changed as well. It opened my eyes to a bigger picture of life. Mentally, it feels like I have grown 10 years wiser since I gave birth.”
Oluwashina, who is planning to organise a pageant for kids, maintained that it did not amount to objectifying children. She said, “We are in a country where people read unnecessary meaning to things. I am of the opinion that when one notices a knack for fashion in a kid and one helps the child to explore that talent, it does not amount to objectifying them. One does not know what would put food on one’s table in the future. There are many people who studied courses such as law and medicine, but ended up being actors, models or brand influencers on social media, struggling to make ends meet. Meanwhile, if they had explored those talents right from when they were young, they would have been able to go a long way. It is important for people to go to school, but education is not about reading books alone. Many kids have opened doors of opportunities for their families through their talents. There are many ways one can help children achieve their dreams, even the ones they are unaware of, without objectifying them or robbing them of their childhood.”