My mother helped me fake my pregnancy after I lost my 'real pregnancy' – Takoradi Lady

My mother helped me fake my pregnancy after I lost my 'real pregnancy' – Takoradi Lady

  • Josephine Panyin Mensah has made fresh revelations about her accomplice
  • According to her, her mother was in the known about her fake pregnancy
  • Josephine said she decided to fake the pregnancy after she lost her real pregnancy at four months
  • She was scared to lose her marriage and also upset her husband who was treating her nicely

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Takoradi - The woman at the centre of the Takoradi kidnapping and fake pregnancy, Josephine Panyin Mensah has made fresh revelations about her accomplice.

According to Josephine, her mother, Agnes Essel knew about her fake pregnancy all along to fool her husband and also to get him to treat her well.

A report filed by StarrNews indicated that Josephine is on record saying she really got pregnant for four months but lost the pregnancy in the process and could not bring herself to telling her husband about it.

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My mother helped me fake my pregnancy after I lost my 'real pregnancy' – Takoradi Lady
My mother helped me fake my pregnancy after I lost my 'real pregnancy' – Takoradi Lady Photo credit: 3NEWS/ AdomFM (modified by author)
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She added that during the period of her real pregnancy her husband gave her extra care, love, and attention that she did not want to lose it.

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It was at that point she claimed to have bought a silicone belly to demonstrate that the lost pregnancy was still intact for fear of losing her marriage.

She told the medical and investigation team that all this while she had given her husband, the people around her, and her neighbors the false impression that she was pregnant.

Josephine said she always covered her fake pregnancy with a cloth anytime they had sexual intercourse within the early stages of her fake pregnancy.

When she started feeling the pressure after nine months of carrying her baby to term, about when exactly she would deliver, she had to fake her kidnapping.

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Unbeknownst to Josephine, she least expected her fake kidnapping to attract national attention as it did.

She is allegedly reported to have gone into hiding at Agona Nkwanta but did not know her fake kidnapping could receive such attention from the country.

Josephine's husband and mother arrested as accomplices

Meanwhile, Josephine's husband, Michael Simmons, and her mother, Agnes Essel, were arrested as accomplices. reported that the husband and his mother-in-law were suspected to have aided Josephine in faking her kidnap.

They were arrested alongside Josephine to aid the police in investigating the matter.

Their arrest was reportedly confirmed by Justice Acquah, an aide to the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah.

He further revealed that while the woman, claimed to have been kidnapped, the police tapped her phone and realised she occasionally switched the phone on and spoke to her mother and switched it back off.

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Lack of love possibly made Takoradi lady fake pregnancy

In a brief interview with, Ama Asare, a clinical Psychologist at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, said the woman needed to talk to her husband initially when she lost her pregnancy and not take matters into her own hands.

According to Ama, the fear of losing her marriage and losing the sweet treatment her husband gave her during her early stages, could be a result of not receiving enough love and care in past relationships.

"...people who did not receive enough love, care and attention while growing up and also in their formative years when it comes to relationships, do everything possible to hold on to a little love that is shown them," she said.

She added that if her husband was equally sweet towards her when she was without pregnancy, she would have easily opened up about losing the pregnancy in the fourth month.


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