In Africa, it is very hard to be a single mother, especially if one is in the limelight.
Being a female celebrity in Nigeria and having a child at a young age and out of wedlock is harder than most things people go through.
This explains why celebrities keep their children a secret until a certain age.
These celebrities are amongst those who had children at a young age.
First, Geneviéve Nnaji an award-winning Nollywood actress became a mother at 17-years-old and kept it a secret.
She had her daughter when she was still in secondary school and now her daughter is married.
Second, Ada Umeh a Nollywood actress who is popularly known for her comedian roles in movies.
She had a child at the age of 14, she stated that this happened because of peer pressure.
Third, Shan George a Nollywood actress who got married at the age of 16 because of obligation and not because she wanted to get married, she then had two baby boys.
Fourth, Hilda Dokubo a Nollywood actress got pregnant at the age of 16 she was going through adolescence and that is when she fell pregnant.
Fifth, Liz Benson a Nollywood actress who got married to her first husband at 17-years-old and they had two children.
Sixth, Ireti Doyle a Nollywood actress who had her first child at the age of 17, her daughter is now married and has a baby which makes Ireti Doyle a grandmother.
Seventh, Clarion Chukwura a Nollywood actress who had her son when she was 18-years-old, her son is now a video director and a cinematographer.
Eighth, Waje a Nigerian musician who had her first daughter at the age of 17.
Her daughter recently got to meet her father after several years.
Ninth, Lizzy Anjorin a Nollywood actress well-known for her roles in Yoruba movies who had her first child while she was a teenager and kept it a secret until 2011.
These are some well-known Nigerian celebrities that had children at young ages and have kept them a secret to protect themselves and their children from criticism and judgment of the public.