Akothee with her mother-in-law [Photo: Instagram @akotheekenya]

Self-proclaimed president of single mothers and singer Esther Akoth alias Akothee Sunday, January 3, 2021, took to social media to appreciate her ex-husband's mother, Margret Auma, for the love and care she accorded her while still married to her son, Jared Okello.

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In the heartfelt post shared on her Instagram page, Akothee recalled seeking refuge at her mother-in-law’s house at the age of 14 when she made up her mind to start a relationship with the father of her three daughters, Vesha Okello, Rue Baby and Fancy Makadia.

“When pain is gone and love reigns, family is key. Behold my mother-in-law Margret Auma nyar Ongola, she calls me Kadera (a girl from Kadera). The mother that I landed into at the age of 14 after I ran away from home and settled with his son. I lived with her for 10 years as Jared was going to school, and she can tell you that I am the best daughter-in-law any mother-in-law can have,” Akothee posted.

“We had our own better shares, but I never disrespected her and always considered her as my mother. I don't know where women get guts to insult or even exchange arguments with someone who gave birth to the man they love and respect, she is the second mother I know after my mother. She would be the first to know when I am pregnant, after vomiting for over 3 months calling it malaria, she paid all the hospital bills, bought me maternity clothes.”

Life lessons

Despite parting ways with the father of her three firstborn children, Akothee explains that she learnt the art of resilience from her mother-in-law and has continued to apply it in her life.  The mother of five vowed to continue being there for her ex-husband’s mother stating that they are bound together forever by the grandchildren she bore her. 

“Mom I learnt to be strong that even after our marriage with your son was dissolved, I still stood firm and took care of your grandchildren. I never regret one day of being part of your family. It's your son who is my ex, but you can never be an ex in my life and the lives of our children. Your son also is the only biological father that my three girls have hence he can't be an ex-factor in his children’s life. It’s time for me to take care of you, just like you took care of me and the kids. May God grant you peace, health and wealth. Love you sanaa Magy,” she stated.

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Sharing her divorce experience in a separate post, Akothee advised individuals going through a similar situation to try and make things easier by not fighting each other, especially if children are involved.  “Divorce doesn't have to be ugly. Family relationships are created by God; where there are children, there is no burning bridges. A child has only one biological Mother and one biological Father your indifferences should not hinder your children from enjoying both parents, once the infatuation, sex life, lust is gone, allow yourself to grow. It hurts! but it won't last if you let go!”