The Greek Wives Club was founded by showbiz-dabbling, Greek-British writer, actress and author Ekaterina Botziou, after she married into a Greek-Cypriot family and published her first book “Greek Expectations: The Last Moussaka Standing.”
Inspired and frustrated by the madness of her own Big Fat semi-Greek life, Botziou decided to write about her Hellenic dramas on a blog and set up her website “Ekaterina Botziou: It’s All Greek to Me!” What started out as a hobby, soon became a platform for the expression of her literary, philosophical and social goals, and her posts about her Greek life and experiences within the showbiz industry began to attract a solid following of fellow writers, artists, filmmakers, actors, Greeks and non‐Greeks.
Encouraged by the response, Botziou went on to establish a Facebook group called The Greek Wives Club. The concept of the page was based on one of Botziou’s favorite comedies, “The First Wives Club” and the idea was to create a space for women to meet and post comical stories about their lives.
Botziou explains, “I initially created the group as a spin-off of my book and to connect with the Greek community, but I was astonished by how quickly the page gained a following and I decided to use it to help promote fellow bloggers and authors who wrote about relevant themes.”
The initiative soon grew into something of a community page about living with cultural differences, family support and comical themes about life, and as the group gained more followers, Botziou decided to launch an official website in 2015.
The club now effectively acts as a networking platform to allow members to socialize with like-minded individuals and help promote businesses, bloggers, authors and others whose work centers around relevant themes.
Operating on a world-wide basis, affiliates include Greek wedding, christening and other events companies, mentoring associations, relationship advisers, Greek fashion designers, authors who are either Greek or write about related subjects, Greek food bloggers and many more. While there is a strong female vibe and featured members include critically acclaimed authors such as Sofka Zinovieff and Eve Makis, as well as My Greek Kitchen’s Tonia Buxton, The Greek Wives Club is happy to promote supportive gents as well such as the director of “Papadopoulos and Sons” Marcus Markou and travel writer Harry Bucknall.
Botziou stresses that you don’t have to be a Greek wife to join in but you do need to have a sense of humor.
It goes without saying, that the man may be the head, but the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head any way she wants. Opa!