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Mommy Oyoyo!

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On the Mommy Oyoyo podcast, Berry Dakara shares the unique experiences of being an African mother! Listen for the funny anecdotes, inspiring stories, challenging topics, heartbreaking moments and more that come with motherhood from an African perspective. African mothers in Africa and the Diaspora, … read more

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Break Time. See you in August

July 1st, 2020

5:39

For the month of July I will not be publishing any podcast episodes as I use the time to rest, reset, refresh, reflect, and restrategize.

44. Hyperemesis Gravidarum feat. Temi R. | @FirstTimeMumDotCom

June 26th, 2020

1:00:19

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a debilitating condition that causes sufferers extreme nausea, near-constant vomiting, weight loss, dehydration and even fainting in pregnancy. The first time I heard about Hyperemesis …

43. Raising African Children in the UK feat. Iko-Ojo Mercy Haruna

June 19th, 2020

45:16

In this episode, I have a chit chat with Mercy that touches on different aspects of raising her Nigerian children in England. We talk about identity, language, diversity, building a support system of mum friends, and …

42. MicroPreemie/Premature Babies and NICU feat. Ola Adegbenro | @ColourfulBeginnings

June 12th, 2020

1:12:54

Ola Adegbenro, my guest in this episode, shares what having her two children prematurely was like. Her first child was born at 23 weeks (micropreemie) and spent 5 months in the NICU before being discharged home. Ola's …

Sharing My Heart: Black Lives Matter | End Rape (Bonus Episode)

June 5th, 2020

18:34

It seems like the world has reached a boiling point in the past two weeks: another killing of an unarmed black man in America, and young women/girls being killed senselessly and subjected to rape in Nigeria. In this …

41. Decade-Long Struggle to Have A Child feat. Mama Z.

May 22nd, 2020

1:05:22

In today's episode, I chatted with Mama Z who struggled to get pregnant for about 7 years. She finally conceived, but unfortunately suffered a miscarriage a few months into her pregnancy. In her ninth year of marriage, …

40. Mom Friends feat. Tomisin | @The.MillennialMum

May 17th, 2020

1:03:37

Is having mom friends important? How do you find or make mom friends? Is there a difference between mom friends in real life versus social media? In this episode, my guest Tomi and I talk about mom friends: whether it's …

39. Heaven Baby/Life After Infant Loss feat. Lola Igunbor

May 8th, 2020

1:01:57

Nobody ever imagines losing their child, let alone an infant. It is a soul-wrenching and heartbreaking situation for anyone to ever go through. In …

38. Balance and Time Management as a Busy Working Mom feat. Dr. Lola Day | @LollieTasker

May 1st, 2020

43:59

Finding balance and learning how to manage time as a busy working mom can seem almost impossible. Sometimes I wonder whether I have fewer hours in the day than other mums who seem to accomplish so much!

In this …

37. Stay At Home Mom with Purpose feat. Eziaha Bolaji-Olojo

April 24th, 2020

55:17

If you are a working mother, have you ever wondered what being a stay-at-home-mom is like? Do you think that SAHMs lounge at home all day, with …

36. My High Risk Pregnancy - Incompetent Cervix and Bed Rest

April 14th, 2020

33:18

In this episode I talk about my high risk pregnancy: sharing why it was categorized as high risk, being admitted to the hospital twice, and having to be on strict bed rest.

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35. "Only Girls?!" Societal Pressure to Have a Male Child feat. Chinyere Abang @YummyMumLife

April 7th, 2020

24:09

"You need to try for a boy." "Who will carry on the family name?" "If you don't produce an heir, your husband will leave you." "Your girls will marry one day and leave you... you need a boy." 

If you're African, chances …

34. Public Pregnancy Announcements

March 30th, 2020

18:39

After trying to conceive for almost two years after I got married, and publicly talking about it on my YouTube channel and blog, it made perfect sense to me to announce my pregnancy when I finally got pregnant. Almost 3 …

33. I Don't Show My Child's Face Online feat. Tomi Olatunde | @TheCuddleBlog

March 20th, 2020

35:17

In today's world where social media is king, millions of people have accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and an ever increasing number of social media platforms. People share photos of themselves, the things they …

32. Coronavirus Awareness feat. Dr. Ada Adejoro MD | @Ask_Dr_Ada

March 15th, 2020

39:12

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that had not been previously identified in humans. The virus causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever …

31. Dealing with Divorce as an African Mum feat. Vera Ezimora | @verastic

March 13th, 2020

1:00:26

Vera Ezimora is a vivacious content creator who is not one to shy away from having hard conversations. After writing all (and I mean EVERYTHING) that led to the end of her marriage, Vera was gracious enough to share …

30. How to Approach Someone Who is Trying to Conceive

March 6th, 2020

25:59

In this episode I talked about what NOT to say to someone who is trying to conceive. In this episode, women who are TTC share their opinions and input on what CAN be said and how to approach or address the topic. It is …

29. "Are You Pregnant?" 6 Reasons Why You Should Not Ask

February 14th, 2020

20:37

Asking a woman if she's pregnant, especially if you don't know her on a deeply personal level, is a very intrusive and invasive question. It's strange that in our society (Nigerian or African) that likes to keep things …

28. Giving Birth Like The Hebrew Woman and Birthing Blissfully feat. Ibiene Warmann

February 7th, 2020

40:47

Have you ever heard about giving birth like the Hebrew woman? Do you know the origin of the Hebrew Woman birth story? If you have had children or are currently pregnant, has anyone ever prayed that you give birth like …

27. My Potty Training Experience So Far...

January 31st, 2020

19:01

Potty training is NOT for the faint-hearted! In my opinion, it is mentally and physically exhausting trying to convince a toddler to "go potty." From chasing them down to begging them to just sit on the potty for ten …

26. Breastfeeding Myths Part 2 feat. Tomisin | The Millennial Mum Podcast

January 24th, 2020

24:53

Bigger boobs equal more breast milk? A nursing mother cannot exclusively breastfeed after she goes back to work? In this episode, Tomisin and I continue our conversation around some breastfeeding myths we have heard and …

25. Life as a Single Mother feat. Ebube N

January 17th, 2020

57:48

Let's face it - there's a certain stigma attached to single mothers, particularly African women who are raising children on their own. From negative …

24. Getting My Tubes Tied feat. Kiki Makanjuola

January 10th, 2020

42:51

What makes a woman decide to tie her tubes aka undergo a tubal ligation? Why does she decide to go that route as opposed to other methods of …

23. 2019 in Review and 2020 Preview

January 3rd, 2020

13:59

In this first episode of 2020 I recap the last 6 months of the Mommy Oyoyo podcast (2019 in review) and share a preview of what I plan for 2020!

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Announcement!

December 5th, 2019

7:02

With 2019 drawing to a close, in readiness for 2020 and simply because this mummy is tired and overstretched, I will be taking a break for the month of December to relax, refresh, reset and rest! I wish all of you a …

21. No Shout Parenting feat. Remi Makanjuola of @GraceToParent

November 27th, 2019

45:23

"Shouting is a weapon not a tool" Remi Makanjuola. In this episode I speak with the founder of Grace to Parent about not shouting at children as a …

20. Mom Guilt and How to Get Over It

November 22nd, 2019

29:08

Mom Guilt is defined as the feeling of guilt, doubt, anxiousness or uncertainty experienced by mothers when they worry they're failing or falling short of expectations in some way (source: Activekids.com) Every mother …

19. Bedtime Routines and Co-sleeping feat. Kachi Tila-Adesina of Kacheetee Blog @kacheetee

November 15th, 2019

27:38

Putting babies and little children to sleep can be stressful, mentally and physically draining. In this episode Kachi and I share what we've both …

18. Growing Up African in America/Diaspora feat. Joy J. @adabob83

November 8th, 2019

50:37

How do Africans raise children in the diaspora (America, UK, Europe, etc) while instilling traditional African values? In this episode I speak to Joy who was born and raised in America to very traditional Nigerian …

17. Raising A Biracial Child featuring Aisha O'Reilly of @AishaAndLife

November 1st, 2019

42:14

"Mixed. Biracial. Half-caste. Black. White. Colored." All these and other names can be and are used to refer to a person whose parents are of …

16. Mommy Oyoyo Spotlight on Tinuke of Mums And Tea

October 25th, 2019

46:26

In this episode we have a chat with Tinuke, founder of Mums and Tea. Tinuke shares what going through the Vanishing Twin Syndrome was like - she …

15. Your Child is Spoiled

October 18th, 2019

26:10

Has anyone ever told you that your child spoiled? Have you ever said or thought that someone else's child is spoiled? There could be a number of …

14. Post Delivery Hospital Visits

October 11th, 2019

21:59

The birth of a child is wonderful thing and certainly cause for excitement and celebration! So much so that sometimes there is a long line of …

13. Baby Names. What's in a Name?

October 3rd, 2019

27:37

A very important part of being a parent is naming your child or children. Some people have names picked out for their children way before they even start having children. Some others have divine inspiration for their …

12. Living with Sickle Cell Disease featuring Isowa Odiase @isowarrior

September 29th, 2019

1:08:18

September is Sickle Cell Awareness Month and in this episode we speak to Isowa, a sickle cell warrior and founder of IsoWarrior. Isowarrior is a foundation that helps to raise funds through various programs and …

11. Living with PCOS feat. Titi Oyebade

September 19th, 2019

40:21

September is PCOS Awareness Month. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is a hormonal illness that affects about 10 million people in the world and is a …

10. I Love My Children But...

September 11th, 2019

24:02

Motherhood is wonderful... and tough! As much as we all wanted children, the truth there are some aspects of motherhood that aren't so great or …

9. Endometriosis and Trying To [Freaking] Conceive feat. Kunbi Odubogun of Perfete | TTF*C

September 1st, 2019

56:08

In this episode, Kunbi Odubogun shares her story about her struggles with Endometriosis and Infertility. Endometriosis is a debilitating disease that is grossly under-reported by indigenous African women due to …

8: Homeschooling in Africa feat. Tomilola Olatunde | The Cuddle Blog

August 23rd, 2019

42:25

Homeschooling in Africa (in this episode, Nigeria specifically) is not the norm. Traditionally young children are either just kept at home without a …

7: My Breastfeeding Story | World Breastfeeding Week

August 7th, 2019

26:07

World Breastfeeding Week is an annual celebration and campaign to foster and encourage breastfeeding across the world. The aim is to empower parents, enable breastfeeding. In today's episode I share my personal …

6: The Omugwo Experience

July 29th, 2019

21:15

Omugwo is the Igbo word that describes the practice of when a woman's mother or mother-in-law comes to help her out after she's given birth. For a period of time, postpartum care is showered on the new mum and her …

5: Not Your Typical African Father. Featuring special guest - Osi O.

July 19th, 2019

39:32

The stereotypical African father is not very involved in raising his children. More often than not, the typical African man leaves the daily hands-on …

4: Discipline and How Early is Too Early to Discipline a Child

July 13th, 2019

17:21

Discipline is the act of training someone to obey rules and using punishment to correct disobedience. As Nigerians (or maybe Africans or black people …

3: What NOT to say to Someone Who is TTC (Trying to Conceive)

July 4th, 2019

21:38

Why do a lot of Africans like to do amebo and give unsolicited advice? While trying to conceive, there are certain things that a woman or couple does …

2: Children's Birthday Parties

June 27th, 2019

16:30

Africans like to party! From weddings to graduations to even kids birthday parties! I'm talking about renting event spaces, spending lots of money on food, decor, photography for a child's birthday party. I'm of the …

1: Introduction to Mommy Oyoyo

June 21st, 2019

11:38

Welcome to the Mommy Oyoyo podcast. In this first episode, I introduce the podcast and explain where the idea came from, my hopes and expectations of Mommy Oyoyo and giving a voice to the African mother!

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