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I never suspected I was ‘the other woman’ — Mylah, 45

WHENEVER the word, ‘mistress’ is mentioned, up springs the image of a calculating vamp dressed in skimpy clothes and expensive hair extensions, ready to entice away husbands without a second thought to the families of such men. But sometimes, the truth is usually more complicated. As a result, many women who find themselves the ‘other woman’ are caught in situations they never bargained for.

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Is it right to marry a pregnant woman?

Ngozi, an unmarried teenage mother had her first baby three years ago. To her dismay today, she is pregnant for her second baby. How could this have happened and how is she going to cope? The single mother remembered the heart break, severe pains and agony that trailed her first pregnancy following the refusal of her boyfriend, Charles, to accept responsibility of the child.

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A husband’s worst nightmare!

WHY does a seemingly happily married woman go off the rail? “Well, ‘seemingly’ is the right word if you’re thinking of Labake’s marriage,”snorted Benny, a friend who dropped by to discuss the break-up of Labake’s 24 odd years of marriage. We’d all been classmates and have kept in touch over the years. Labake had always been flighty, she simply loved being ‘chased’ by men.

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How could I have raised such a hard-hearted daughter? Lilian

JUST when you think your life is on an even keel from the turmoil of life, up springs a problem to put a spanner in the cog of your peace. Lilian has definitely had her share of problems. She’d gone through the betrayal of Ayoka a ‘relative’ her husband brought into the matrimonial home, seen the ‘relative’ become a second wife and the mother of two children before she lost her life in a ghastly motor accident. She later agreed to raise Ayoka’s children.

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‘Being the other woman is not so bad’

LAGOS life has never held that much excitement for me, “said Kike, a 38- year old mother of three. “When I was admitted into a nursing school in Lagos after my secondary school, I was ecstatic. But I soon saw Lagos for what it was – a city with a frenzied lifestyle that I could never catch up with. I’d been born and bred in a fairly big town but to protective parents.

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