Sauti Sol’s Bien-Aimé Baraza has expressed his commitment to fatherhood and his supportive stance towards wife Chiki Kuruka in raising their children.
The celebrated musician emphasized his dedication to prioritizing family above all else, illustrating a modern approach to parenting that transcends traditional gender roles.
“If I had kids in the future, I can decide to take a gap year from music to take care of my kids. In my journey of life, I see it as a better option to prioritize caring for my children,” expressed Bien.
Dispelling notions of masculinity tied to conventional gender roles, Bien reiterated his willingness to embrace being a stay-at-home dad if his wife, Chiki, chose to continue with her career.
“If my wife decided to work and I am supposed to stay at home and look after the kids, raising children is a career. Being a stay-at-home parent involves instilling ethics and nurturing the kids—it’s a full-time job,” he said.
The couple, Chiki and Bien, exchanged vows in March 2020, marking a new chapter in their journey together.
Chiki, in a previous interview, candidly addressed societal pressure surrounding childbirth, cautioning against the undue burden placed on women.
“I think we need to be really careful about putting undue pressure on women to have children,” she said.
Highlighting the sensitivity of the topic, Chiki emphasized the various health challenges some women face, urging for empathy and understanding.
“There are so many women who are unable to give birth, and that’s such a trigger,” she said.
“If you happen to be one of those people unable to give birth and constantly on your feed, ‘When are you giving birth…?’ I’m not saying that’s my particular status, but people need to be careful how they throw that out there.”
Chiki said she has a supportive extended family.
“My in-laws are amazing, so it doesn’t bother me,” she added.