Teenage pregnancies are rampant everywhere in Nigeria. This is one major problem that knows no boundary as both villages and cities have been severely affected. The scourge is partly being attributed to the socio-economic hardships experienced by the vulnerable groups and marginalized cultural and traditional rural communities across Africa and other parts of the world. Through teenage pregnancies is the major cause of school drop-outs among young girls which led to increase among uneducated and unskilled young women globally, particularly in Nigeria.
Teenage mothers’ discrimination and stigmatization are a known causes of endless chain of poverty from mother to a child as well as families. It also contribute a lot in the spread of HIV/AIDS pandemic as many teenage mothers live without family, economic or social support to help them rebuild their dreams, create a better future for themselves and their children whereby ended up venturing into commercial sex work as part of their income generation strategies for survival.
Families of some of these young moms do expel them and denied them financial and economic support after giving birth, these girls and their children lack parental skills, basic needs to care for their children, sometimes they opted to abandoning their children in the gutters, which led to increase of street children who might end up becoming teenage mothers in the future as well.
The young mothers face negative stigmatization, which has strong impact on their psychological well-being, leading to a life of fear, shame, guilty and helplessness. The affected young mothers end up leaving their family home and opting to go alone or staying with groups in the streets whereby they are involved in various kinds of illegal activities, which includes drug abuse, cultism, prostitution and robbery. They find themselves in unfamiliar territory of parenting with no skills to enable them join the competitive job market, being unemployed leave them hopeless and vulnerable.
We also have some group of young mothers (young moms) that are married but whose families are lacking all the basic necessities including financial and moral supports to maintain their families. Some of these problems are common because both the husbands and wives lack the required educational certification to be gainfully employed.
If these idle young moms are trained and equipped with basic skills they will find themselves better jobs to elevate their families from poverty.
Other problems militating against the well-being of young moms are health and access to information necessary to maintain healthy life-style for themselves and their children.