9jamom.com is a recent attempt to connect Nigerian mothers everywhere on the globe. Founded in January 2011 by Olukemi Macaulay-Newman (a.k.a The Lazy 9ja Mom) who serves as the Managing Editor, it is a multi-functional community and portal providing parenting news, resources & support for all Nigerian mothers, mothers-to-be & dads. As a registered member you can contribute and read relevant articles on parenting, join Groups and make meaningful contribution to ongoing discussion threads, and link up with other users via friendship invitations and inbox messages. You could even share your favourite pictures and videos.
On arrival at the home page, a rather ‘over-size’ banner, which covers at least half of your screen, welcomes you. The design is pleasing to the eye, but could still use some help: the banner could be cropped further at the top, whilst the sub-menu text, under the drop-down menus, would look better in lower case than in capital.
There is so much to keep you hooked, going by the several categories available; whether you want to read product reviews and shop on Amazon via the 9jamom link, stay abreast of news, or read insightful blog posts from experienced mother-bloggers. Though members of the website management team are quite active on the portal, aggressive publicity and the input of more original-content writers and bloggers would bring more life to the seemingly deserted neighbourhood, even though there are over 305 members signed up already. High-quality, engaging, original content is expensive, hence the need to explore more creative ways and cheaper means to grow the community up to maturity, when the site could conveniently begin to pay writers.
9jamom.com is a welcome development; and, hopefully it will endure through the seasons and grow to become the biggest and the best. Perhaps, 9jamom would be the Nairaland.com for Nigerian mothers. Visit the website, take part in the 70 plus discussion threads, add to the 52 plus blog posts, and spread the word.