Our LagosMums Mum of the Month is Marcy Dolapo Oni; Mum, Wife, Actor and Producer! We enjoyed talking with her.
In our LagosMums mum of the month series, we love to meet different mothers to talk about motherhood, how they balance their various roles and more. We always learn when we read someone else’s story and they share their experiences with us. Enjoy!
Please tell us about yourself and one unexpected thing about you
I’m an Actor, Wife, and Mother of 1. One thing people don’t know about me is that I
have a chewing gum phobia. It’s called Chiclephobia.
Can you share all the hats that you wear?
I’m a producer, Actor, Mum, Wife, Mentor.
Tell us about your beautiful family
I’ve been married for 3.5 years now and we have a beautiful 18-month-old son. I’m the last born of 4 siblings and all my siblings live in London although my parents live in Lagos.
What has surprised you the most about motherhood
What has surprised me the most is how much love you can have for another human being. Total unadulterated love. It is honestly mind-blowing. And also how selfless you become.
What has motherhood taught you about yourself?
I truly understood God’s love for me when I became a mother. It’s like something just clicked. His absolute unconditional love.
Can you tell us some of the funniest things your child has said or done?
Well he has this little bench that he stands on to wash his hands and when it’s time for him to eat and wash his hands (if you are sitting on it) he takes your hand gently and you are thinking “awww so sweet he wants to hold your hand” when actually he is pulling you off so he can push his bench to the sink to stand on it.
Share your professional journey
The journey truly began 15 years ago when I was fresh out of Drama school. Always knew I wanted to act and after drama school, I was working as an actress in London. I starred in plays and in a mini tv series and then I moved back in 2010 to pursue my career in Nigeria. I heard about an audition when I first got to Lagos and that was how I got my Job on 53extra. Before then, I had never had a presenting Job. That’s how I built a name for myself over here. So I act, MC, Present shows (Moments with Mo, So you wanna get married, E! Vip for the E! entertainment channel). However, in the last 2 years, I’ve focused more on my acting career.
What inspired you to start your show – The Marcy Project?
I’ve always wanted my own show and The Marcy Project is a fun lifestyle and entertainment program. In every episode, I perform a quirky, funny and interesting project and interview celebrities and upcoming acts. It is a Social Media Influenced Show with a mixture of web features; pre-recorded video footage and fashion tips. Each episode has at least one guest, which include musicians, designers, actors, comedians and sports figures. The project in every episode is a task or challenge, chosen by the viewers, social media followers or guests. It gave my audience a chance to get to know me a bit better as well.
Work-Life Balance or Work-Life Integration?
I’m not sure what the difference is! Seems like semantics to me. But I think with all aspects of one’s life you have to wear many hats and juggle various balls. At this stage in my life, it is a challenge to balance/integrate but God puts it all into perspective for me so it doesn’t seem daunting.
How important is a support system to a mum today?
Very important for my Sanity! True support comes in quality, not quantity. I would rather have 1 great person in my corner than 20 people just faffing about. My mum, a few mum friends and my nanny are a great help!
Tell us about your “Snapback Chronicles”
The Snapback Chronicles are a series of hangouts where mums, mums to be and women, in general, get to come and share their experience and challenges of motherhood. We talk about reclaiming self and snapping back and we don’t just mean physically but mentally too!
How did you snapback?
I snapped back by taking my time to get my body to where I wanted it to be and taking time before I was mentally ready to go back to work. I spoke to close friends that had kids already and got great advice.
What advice will you give young women before they become mums
That it is okay to take your time. It is okay to take your time to get back and feel like your “old” self.
Use one word to describe one thing that should not be missing from every home.
Share one self-care tip. How do you relax and spend time on yourself?
Sleep. I like to sleep because sleep is not what it used to be!
As a Yummy Mummy, can you share how you stay stylish and your beauty routine
Well, I don’t have a stylist. I just like clean cut pieces and I know what suits me. My beauty routine is to always wash your face before you go to bed.
What do you love about LagosMums?
It is a great Parenting Community and I love the fact it keeps you up to date on what activities and places you can take your kids to. Family friendly things to do.
○ N1million or more sleep?
○ Go on a shopping spree or all expenses trip to your top destination.
A trip to my top destination. I love to travel.
○ Homeschooling or traditional schooling.
○ A spa day or Eat out?
Visit LagosMums Mum of the Month category to read our previous features as mums share their motherhood journey.