By societal expectation, starting a family almost immediately after marriage is the norm, but for actress/TV presenter, Selly Galley-Fiawoo, having babies, almost one year into marriage is not on her priority list.
Although she would have babies some time the former Ghanan Big Brother Africa (BBA) representative who tied the knot with musician, Praye Tietia last September says for now, she’d rather focus on her fledging career as an actress and TV presenter.
“I know how the African culture puts pressure on the woman to give birth immediately after marriage but I don’t intend to fall to that at all. I’m a young lady who has a lot of aspirations for my life and career and so I need to plan before I start making babies.
“As the only child of my mother, I know this is quite a difficult decision to make but I have explained it to those who matter and they are very supportive,” she told Showbiz in an interview on Tuesday.
According to the host of The Premieres on Joy TV, her desire is not just to give birth and leave the child for a nanny to take care of.
“No, this is what I dread most and that is why I’ve decided to hold on for now to build my young career and when I know I will have time for my children, I bring them into the world.
“I want to play a crucial role in my children’s lives just as my mummy did for me and it would be unfair to deprive my children of motherly love, attention and care because of work.
“ My children will always come first. They should be my priority when they arrive and that is why I want to lay a good foundation before they do. I believe that making a family should be planned because it’s a journey and not a destination,” she stated. Selly, who won the Best Supporting actress at the City People’s Awards last year refuted claims that it was healthier for her to give birth early.
“I hear that always but I’m yet to hit my 30s. I think I have many years ahead of me so there’s no need to rush into anything that I’m not prepared for now,” she defended her decision.
In addition to hosting her show on Joy TV, Selly also plies her trade as an actress. She has featured in a number of movies some of which are yet to be released.
At the Pan African Awards held in Togo last year, Selly won the Best Supporting Actress for her role in In Six Months Time. However, her favourite movie is African Child in which she played the role of an orphan.
“I love that movie very much because it depicts the suffering orphans and the less privileged in our society go through. That movie inspired me to set up my African Child Foundation to raise funds to support the needs of such vulnerable people in the society. I am happy that by God’s grace, I can also put smiles on the faces of people”, she said.
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