Television and radio personality Carol Ofori is a doting mom to two beautiful children. Today, she has found the work-life-mom balance as she hosts the 9am – 1pm slot on popular Durban-based radio station East Coast Radio, hosts the empowering educational series ‘Raising Babies 101’ every Monday at 09h00 on SABC 2 and still finds time to be a wife and mother to her husband and kids.
However, Carol admits that becoming a mother was a shock to her system and there are many things she believes people don’t speak enough about being a first-time mom. So, she’s speaking openly about the five things she wishes someone told her about becoming a mother.
Life Before Becoming A Mom Ceases To Exist – Entirely!
Carol admits that once you become a mother, your whole outlook on life changes. You are responsible for a human life and, along with this massive responsibility, your outlook on life changes. “I often try to remember what life was like when I was not a mom – and bear in mind it was just under 6 years ago,” Carol says. “Being a mom has been so life changing and clearly it comes with some memory loss of some kind – especially because sleep is a thing of the past! Jokes aside – becoming a mom has brought so much growth and joy to my life. You are trying so hard to find your feet and life never goes back to the way it was.”
You Never Really Have ‘Your Time’ Anymore
Building on the fact that life changes forever after having a child, the notion of spending time alone becomes an entirely different thing than what you’re used to it being. “From the second your first child is born, your time is no longer your time. A new baby brings with frequent feeding and nappy changes – and these things all happen on your child’s terms.” Carol adds that while new parents expect this in the infant stage, it never really changes after that. “As my son got older, I learned that even going to the toilet warrants company – and it does not matter if it’s a number one or two, you will have a toilet buddy with you! Even conversations on the phone must be declared! You always get asked ‘who was that’? or ‘Was that daddy?” by the little detectives. So be careful what you say around them because they will re-enact what you did or said!
Your Kids Will Make You Laugh Uncontrollably
Kids really do say and do the darnest things and from the moment that they are born, they will bring more smiles to your face than the tears of being overwhelmed. “Some of the funniest and sweetest things I have heard have been said by my son,” Carol admits. “I think one thing that stands out for me is when I get dressed up and walk out the room and my son shouts ‘Oooooh you look lovely!’ That always warms my heart.” Carol adds “Another thing that made me laugh was when my son overheard me on a call with my sister. I was telling her about a guy who was hitting on me at the grocery store and told her that he’s acted like such a creep. A few hours later, I overheard my son telling his teddy not to be a creek. I laughed out loud because I think creeps should now be called creeks! It’s moments like this that remind me how lucky I am to be a mom to my children.
Your Maternal Behaviour Can Change In A Second
Being a mom comes with a whole range of emotions and Carol wishes someone told her how normal it is to go from one extreme to the other – especially when it comes to your children. “You can sound like a full-blown crazy person because one moment you’re kissing and hugging on them and the next minute they are trying to eat dirt in the garden and you need to stop their behavior,” Carol admits. “You end up having hawk capabilities and having cyber hearing so you can hear when they are up to no good. It’s so common for parents to be laughing one minute and the next they’re shouting at the top of their lungs. Before I became a mom, I found it rather odd but today, I sympathise with my fellow crazies!”
The Best Part Of Parenting Is Getting That Hug and Kiss
Being a first-time parent, you are constantly looking after your children. Every new phase of growth comes with its own set of challenges and you keep learning as you go along. So, getting hugs and kisses from your kids is often the best validation one can ask for. “Getting hugs and kisses from both my five-year-old and one-year-old is by far the best thing about being a mom,” Carol says. “They do it with such intention and admiration. I often find they give you affection when they know you need it and it will make your day. If there is anything that being a mom has taught me, it’s that kiddy love is like no other love.”
Guinness Unfolds An Incredible Story Of Black Shines Brightest With Incredible Zigi
Guinness has, in a bid to tell compelling stories of pan African creatives, partnered with Afro and hip-hop Ghanaian dancer Incredible Zigi, for a campaign themed ‘Black Shines Brightest’.
‘Black Shines Brightest’ is a new Pan African campaign celebrating the iconic black liquid enjoyed all over the continent for over a century. This exciting new campaign is inspired by the bold and unique black beer of Guinness stout and brings together passionate and creative individuals to celebrate the spirit of Guinness and its home across African markets.
Incredible Zigi has been in the spotlight and worked with top-notch African musicians and record labels such as Mavin Records, P Square, Davido, Patoranking, Stonebowy, Shatta Wale, and a plethora of others.
Michael Amofa, popularly known as Incredible Zigi hails from the Eastern Region of Ghana and was born on the 17th of October. Incredible Zigi is one of the main pillars that have highly influenced the youth positively through dance.
Zigi has achieved quite a lot in his career as a dancer; He is the first Ghanaian Dance Artist to ever get featured on several articles including the famous Global Grind twice, booked in other countries such as Nigeria, Rwanda, Russia and UK respectively.
In telling the Black story, Zigi is partnering with Guinness to work with real culture makers from across the continent who demonstrate how Black Shines Brightest in a range of different ways. These individuals will create moments, events and content to be enjoyed by everyone.
Look out for more details about how you can be a part of the new Black Shines Brightest campaign and find out about Bright House Bars that are popping up in Accra, Kumasi, Takoradi and Tamale. Also, look out for activities on Guinness Ghana social media channels – @GuinnessGhana.
Just like Incredible Zigi, Guinness is bursting with life. It is a flavourful and bold and dynamic beer, sparkling and brimming with energy and exuberance A beer that has brought a dash of magic to millions in Africa and across the world for over 250 years with boldness and vision to live life to the full.
Juliet Bawuah Wins African Woman In Sport Award
The Group Head of Sports at Media General (TV3, 3FM, Onua FM, Onua TV, Connect FM, Akoma FM), Juliet Bawuah has won this year’s African Woman in Sport award at the GSport Awards.
Held in South Africa on Tuesday August 31, Juliet beat off competition from South African footballer Ode Fulutudilu and Violet Jubane, a Zimbabwean football administrator.
“Honoured to have won the Imperial African Woman in Sport award at last night’s GSport Awards in South Africa. This is a win for all African women in sport putting in effort to achieve their set goals. Big thanks to the jury and fans who voted @gsport4girls #gsport16 #SheOwnsHerSuccess,” she posted on Twitter.
The GSport Awards was founded in 2006 by South African Cricket Presenter Kass Naidoo to celebrate and promote African women in sport.
This year marked the award’s 16th edition.
The GSport recognition adds to a tall list of awards and nominations Juliet continues to receive. It is coming on the back of her recent nomination in the 2021 EMY Awards Young Achiever of the Year category.
Her other professional recognitions include: Video Short Feature Shortlist and Video Athlete Profile Shortlist, 2020 International Sport Press Association (AIPS) Awards. Previously, in the same scheme in 2019, she was Top Ranked Entrant (Number 1 work in Africa, 7th in the World – Video Short Feature category); Finalist, Sports Journalist of the Year, National Communications Awards (2020, Ghana), Winner, Sports Journalist of the Year, National Communications Awards (2019, Ghana), Winner, Ghana Outstanding Women Awards (GOWA), Sports Journalist (2019) and Finalist, Sports Media Pearl Awards, Dubai, UAE, 2015).
Prior to TV3, Juliet worked at CITI FM, ETV, Metro TV, Goal, CafOnline, Euronews’ sister station, Africanews. She is also a Contributor for Premier League TV, LA Liga TV, BBC, Aljazeera, and the Turkish broadcaster TRT.
Juliet is Radio Netherlands Training Centre (RNTC) trained and an alumna of the US State Department-sponsored International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Her other professional affiliations cover Ballon d’Or (Women’s Category) – Member, Voting Jury, CAF African Footballer of the Year – Member, Voting Jury, FourFourTwo Awards – Member, Voting Jury, CAF Media Expert – Member, Panel, International Sports Journalists Association (AIPS) – Member, Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) – Member and the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) – Member.
Juliet is Founder of the Africa Women’s Sports Summit, CEO of Sportted Ghana Limited, a boutique sports agency and also the immediate past Brand & Strategy Relations Manager at Ghana Premier League side Berekum Chelsea.
BBNaija: Biggie Serves The Ultimate Twist As Jackie B And Jay Paul Emerge Heads Of House
For this week’s Head of House (HoH) challenge, the BBNaija Shine Ya Eye housemates were all gingered to bring their A-game after the triple eviction last Sunday night. In a shocking twist, Big Brother told the housemates that tonight’s HoH challenge and nomination process would be rolled into one.
The male and female to finish the fastest would become the ‘Heads’ of House and will share the lounge as well as receive joint immunity. At the end of the challenge, the other 15 housemates will be put up for possible eviction.
The first challenge required the housemates to drink whatever number they roll on the dice. The second challenge required the housemates to eat eggs soaked in a milky concoction before moving on to the next challenge. For challenge number three, the housemates had to enter the slimy pool and pick two keys, which they dropped in a bucket held by a skeleton. The fourth challenge required them to crawl slowly across a slippery path from one end to another. And for the fifth and final challenge, the housemates used a straw to transfer a reddish concoction into beakers.
Saga had the honour of starting the game, but luck wasn’t on his side as he didn’t find any of the keys. Nini took on the challenge, tried very hard not to puke and ended up without a key. WhiteMoney gave it his best but didn’t find a key as well. At the end of the grueling challenge, Jackie B and Jay Paul emerged winners of the double HoH whilst the rest of the housemates were automatically put up for possible eviction on Sunday, 5 September.
The voting lines opened on Monday at 8pm and will close on Thursday, 2nd September at 9pm.
Voting will be on the Africa Magic website and via the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps. Abeg is the headline sponsor of Big Brother Naija season 6, and the associate sponsor is Patricia.
It’s All About Exciting Thrillers As Africa Magic’s New Series, ‘Dilemma’ and ‘Venge’, Premiere In October
Hollard Ghana’s Patience Akyianu Is The African Female Business Leader Of The Year
RISING MTN HITMAKER STAR FEATURES JOE METTLE ON NEW HIT SINGLE – ‘MY MIRACLE’
“OFFICIAL PRESS STATEMENT” FROM THE CAMP OF “KILLBEATZ”
TEMA EMBRACES “INDEPENDENCE DAY KENKEY PARTY”
Shatta Wale Officially Releases “AMOUNT” Video
EVENT NEWS3 months ago
2021 VODAFONE GHANA MUSIC AWARDS – FULL LIST OF WINNERS
NEWS3 months ago
FanChoco School Caravan – Solving The Plastic Menace One Wrapper At A Time
NEWS3 months ago
Hollard Ghana Wins SABRE Award For Best Financial Communications In Africa
NEWS3 months ago
Tunecore In Partnership With The 22nd Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Extends Promotional Discount To All Ghanaian Musicians
EVENT NEWS3 months ago
TECNO launches Phantom X in Ghana
NEWS2 months ago
Ayra Starr Unleashes New Single “Bloody Samaritan”
EVENT NEWS3 months ago
South African Producer And Musical Director, Zādok Gets High Praise At #BETAwads2021
EVENT NEWS2 months ago
Unilever Ghana Launches Two New Natural Variants Of Geisha Soap