#IAmMother - Stories of Motherhood

Listen to her story

The person who has been the kindest to me in my motherhood journey was my mother because when I was in labor, I couldn’t give birth, I was still in labor. But when she arrived, the nurses called her and she came in; they told her to rub me on my waist at the back and then when she did that I gave birth and I was like, I was asking, where have you been, mother? Because if you came in earlier, I would have a long time ago given birth to my son. That’s my Mama.

Meet the artist

Andy Mkosi

Photographing the story telling circles has been more than just a job for me or another photography booking. It definitely had me questioning my relationship with my mother and got me thinking about it actively and how I can be a better daughter and assist her where I can. I totally related with some of the stories shared, further solidifying the fact that you do not have to give birth in order to understand mothers or be a mother. The circles has allowed me to redefine what being a mother is entirely. I definitely want to host a circle with my aunts, cousins, mom, gran and the rest of the matriarchs in the Mkosi family to have similar conversations.


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