- "Everybody must have their own children and you must have plenty, maximum like six. They become your friends, they become your family. And you have to raise them well. You have to raise them the way you feel, otherwise if you don’t raise them well too, they grow up and become your enemies."
The Ghanaian hiplife singer Belinda Nana Akua Amoah, best known in music circles as Mzbel, has said that people should start having children by the age of 22.
She also recommended a maximum of six children if people can afford them and three or four “if you are not financially sound”.
In a clip she released about a month ago, Mzbel shared the story of how a boy she “picked” from the streets of James Town and raised for 16 years had just left her at his birth mother’s demand.
From that experience, which Mzbel describes as more than “heartbreak”, the singer and philanthropist said she “regrets not making babies” when she had someone who “was ready to do everything” for her if she would settle down with him and make babies.
“I felt like, ‘Babies – no. I have plenty kids from James Town I can go and get any time. I have to get pregnant, nine months, going to hospital – no. It will distract my career,’ and my career at that point meant everything to me …” she said.
You can’t change DNA
The “I’m in Love” hitmaker added that having children of your own is “riches”. “I have everything every young woman or man my age will wish to have,“ she said, “but I’m not happy. I have only one child.
“Everybody must have their own children and you must have plenty, maximum like six,” she told Naa Ashorkor. “They become your friends, they become your family.
“And you have to raise them well. You have to raise them the way you feel, otherwise if you don’t raise them well, too, they grow up and become your enemies.”
People should have children, she said, because, “There is something about DNA that nobody can change.”
Nana Abena Boakye-Boateng