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MUST READ: African Moms: Be Patient with your Unmarried Daughters

“Mom!” I screamed excitedly over the phone, hoping I was not hurting her ears from all that noise. “Yes,” she responded. “There is this Nigerian journalist who contacted me today asking that I share her article on my platform. Her article reminded me of what you have always told us growing up,” I gushed.

“Really, what is it about?” She responded in a curious tone.

“Well, she talks about African moms essentially not forcing or placing pressure on their daughters to get married and to let it be an organic process. She also talks about how ridiculous it is that these moms with accomplished, educated daughters expect their children to downgrade who they are so they can attract husbands,” I concluded.

“God bless her for that,” my mom respond. “Yes. It is wrong and unfair for parents to do  so. They strip these young women of their confidence and make it seem that every significant thing they have done is of no value unless they are married. Many times these children end up marrying under these kinds of  pressure and end up suffering in those relationships,” my mom concluded.

Folks, I am glad China wrote this article. It is timely and I hope that we (single ladies) begin ridding ourselves of nonsensical expectations that prey on our vulnerability and those that say we are not quite good enough because we are unmarried. Have you looked into the lives of those pressuring you to get married lately? You don’t wanna know what happens behind closed doors.


African Moms: Be Patient with your Unmarried Daughters

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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