Mike Nwogu finally spoke about his intention and reasons he took pregnant women to Uchemba’s wedding ceremony. Although, that was not the first time he would get people talking about him on internet but he made this to be a different one that nobody expected he could do it, even his friends.
Pretty Mike decided to wow everyone as he brought in different types of women with big tummies -signs of pregnancy- to the wedding and he claimed he did it to lend voices to pregnant women who have been stigmatized as a result of their pregnancies in the society.
He said, “I came up with the concept because I am surrounded by ladies. Because of the publicity this incident has garnered, I am about to start a foundation for pregnant women. We are in a country that stereotypes women. No woman can get a job when she is pregnant. So, the question is, how would they survive, especially in this period when COVID-19 has sacked some husbands or partners from their jobs? Even if a woman is qualified, once the employer finds out she is pregnant, she would not be considered for the job”.
After considering the rigorous moments pregnant women go through, he felt the need to speak up for them.
“Who speaks up for them or the single ladies that are pregnant? Society, government, parents and even the church have pushed them out. To some people, this is all a joke but there are many pregnant women that do not have people to speak out for them. They have been stigmatised and many of them are depressed. Now that I have brought them out, some people are celebrating me while some are castigating me, saying it’s an abomination. Since that incident, many pregnant women have reached out to me, asking for financial assistance or jobs. I was inspired to do that when a friend got pregnant and her boyfriend and family members abandoned her. When she came to see me, she disclosed how much she had struggled and I felt pained.”
Although most people thought Pretty Mike intended to use that as a means of getting internet attention, but he defended himself not to have ever thought of that nor even wanted to make the fun of Uchemba’s wedding.
“People make a mistake when they say I took the shine off the couple. My friends that invite me to their weddings do not see it that way. They see it like I added flair to their events. For example, when you invite big artistes to perform at a wedding, it does not mean they have stolen the spotlight. I just come to give a different vibe to the event and it is not something I do for everybody. I have friends that get upset that I didn’t attend or make a statement at their events. It is not easy to be creative. It takes a lot of time to get ready. Even Uchemba was not aware of the stunt I was about to pull,” he said.