by Gbenga Awomodu
Editor: Olukemi Macaulay-Newman
9JAMOM.COM is an attempt to connect Nigerian mothers everywhere on the globe. Birthed 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, and support for all Nigerian mothers, mothers-to-be, and dads.
Registered members 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 number of 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.
High-quality, engaging, original content is essential to the success of a community-based website, hence the need to explore more innovative ways to grow the already 305 community to make the site economically viable to attract better content and paid writers.
9jamom.com is a welcome development; and, hopefully it will endure through the seasons and grow to become the biggest and the best. Visit the website, participate in the 70 plus discussion threads, add to the 52 plus blog posts, and spread the word.Y!