Singer Waje, took to social media to celebrate her daughter Emerald as she turned 18.
She shared her photo and wrote:
“I woke up at 12 midnight to pray for my daughter and could only just thank God for giving me this gift.We are 18 today and my prayer is that you shine in everything you do, that the lord will be your master and He will give u wisdom as your journey.
I use u as a point of contact to all young adults (your friends etc), that the grace to be leaders and great ambassadors of your family and country will be given to thee and you will lack nothing.Happy birthday my love. Thank you for coming to earth through me. Thank you for being the curious multi talented, well behaved child. You are such a light and i pray it never dims. #ugogbe
Waje in an interview with Genevieve Magazine in 2016 talked about raising her daughter. She said:
“It is because I don‘t want her to make the same mistakes I made. I feel like some of the decisions I made was because I was raised differently.
“Our parents taught us what they knew as the truth, but what you know as the truth might not be the truth. Another thing is that parents do not tell their children why certain behaviours should be avoided.
“For example, parents say, “don‘t drink because I said so” not, “don‘t drink because it is bad for your health”; but I‘m learning that for the children of this age, you have to tell them all the reasons why they should not do certain things.
“While my daughter was growing up, I took up the reward method; you do good, you get good. There was a consequence for every action.”
Waje, whose daughter recently turned 17 continued, “There were many times I really prayed that The One will quicken his steps to make things easier. It did get too much when it is time to pay rent, school fees, and other miscellaneous expenses.
“I had my own share of pillow cries and made sure she doesn‘t see it. Sometimes she could come asking, “Why didn‘t you and my Dad stay together?” And, when I first moved to Lagos, I couldn‘t afford to have my daughter with me because I didn‘t have a house; I was squatting with someone. There was a time I saw her like twice a year.