October Special Feature
Our October Feature is dedicated to the One Young Wife (OYW) Platform. It is run by a dedicated Yummy Mummy who has chosen anonymity as a way to retain the platform’s focus.
The One Young Wife (OYW) Platform currently has over 83,000 followers on Instagram, providing emotional, spiritual and basic common sense support to young wives and wives to be.
BB: Brief introduction: Who are you?
What do you do?
OYW: I am the face behind @oneyoungwife . I choose to remain anonymous so that the focus can stay/remain on the victories and struggles of the YWs (Young Wives) and YWTBs (Young Wives To Be) in the community
BB: What is the One Young Wife Platform really about? What is the vision for OYW?
OYW: Community of Young Wives sharing marital struggles and victories to become better people and better wives/wives-to-be.
BB: Where did it all start?
OYW: It started August 2016.
BB: How do you do manage the numbers (all 83,000 plus followers)?
And attend to each individual reaching out for help?
OYW: We receive quite a few emails daily. I personally cannot respond to all of it.I do at times. I have a team of trustworthy Young Wives and Young Wives To Be.They help with providing individualized response to every email received.
BB: What are the challenges you have faced so far?
OYW: Responding to critics in a open-minded way while trying to make a valid point.
BB: What is next for OYW?
OYW: Hmmmm Next? I would love for every young wife or young wife to be to have a daily resource book from @oneyoungwife that can help her navigate life without having to use the Internet per se.
BB: Do you ever just look at the numbers and marvel at how far you have come? Is this in anyway a progress you anticipated this soon?
OYW: I did not anticipate a very fast growth. All I wanted was just a community of YWs who will be free enough to share their victories and struggles. I wanted to be sure I wasn’t the only person trying to learn as much as I can in marriage in order to become a better person and a better wife.
BB: If anyone wanted to help, how can they reach out to you and are there any specific or particular areas where you need immediate support?
OYW: The best way to reach me is through firstname.lastname@example.org. Immediate support? Hmmmm. I am working on putting a Daily Note for YWs and YWTBs (a daily reading and a journal). I need help with the entire process of writing a book and distribution since we have YWs and YWTBs from different countries. Oh! We are also working on our website. Having a content manager will be very helpful
BB: How has running this platform affected your personal life?
OYW: I am becoming a better person as a result of doing this. When I hit a hard spot, I ask myself “what would the OneYoungWife in you do?” I am always trying to be better. I still have flaws (like everyone else) but I pick myself up everyday knowing fully well that I am accountable to every YW and YWTBs on the platformand I can be better.
BB: What is the one timeless piece of advice you would give a soon to be young Wife?
OYW: Be yourself now. You might not be able to survive marriage if you have to pretend to be who you are not for 80years of your life (Just imagine that!)
BB: Please share all your OYW links for people who may be interested in your platform
@oneyoungwife (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)