Mothers are a gift from God. God deliberately gave Adam a wife to make a mother for Cain and Abel and their siblings. Right from creation and the early days of man on earth, mothers have come to be appreciated for the wonderful roles they play in the lives of their children.
Mothers are a covering over their children; they protect; they feed; and they care for their children from infancy to their adulthood. A mother’s love for her child is unconditional and it is everlasting. Mothers do not rest their heads over their children until their last breath on this earth. This, probably, explains why mothers are celebrated bigger and better than any other person.
Mothers’ Day is here again and as part of commemorating the day, I went round to gather the thoughts of members of the Technical University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (TUTAG) of Koforidua Technical University Chapter.
These lecturers have many interesting things to say about their mothers.
One lecturer from the Hospitality Department says his mother owns the oldest sewing machine in Ghana. He says his mother, out of her sewing, took care of him and his many siblings and other members of his external family.
In his own words, this is what Mr. Ebenezer Narteh Nartey says of his mother:
Lydia Akweley “Meni Yoo Minaa” (Not Much to Say) Tetteh, yes! the Mum I am talking about is my Sweet Mother!
Maa, as we affectionately call her, at age 16 was given to sewing apprenticeship and by 18 years she was done.
Her skill in sewing fended for me and my siblings (7 + step siblings), numerous nieces and nephews and her own siblings.
Maa instilled in us sound Christian values and for me that is the best treasurer, riches or wealth, a Mother can leave to her family.
My Mother becomes an Octogenarian in August this year and If her sewing machine still “lives” and sews till date, you can only imagine the kind of care she gave to us?
If I am the last of her 7 children and consider myself as the least in every aspect of successful life, can you imagine what kind of Mother I am talking about?
Maa, Alias Yomo Nartey, Oyiwala doon! Maa!!! Yomo Nartey, You are my celebrity.
I love you Maa!
A lecturer from the Secretaryship and Management Studies Department, Gladys Esinu Abiew, nearly sheds tears of joy and celebrates her mother in these words:
My mother is Mrs Janet Selenu Abiew- a retired educationist.
A very determined woman she is! She even went to the extent of selling her personal belongings just to be able to pay my admission fee at the SHS level.
Mum, I love you so much but we may not be able to pay for the sacrifices you made single-handedly to see myself and my brothers throughout primary to tertiary education.
I was eight months old when we lost our dad but you never gave up on those strong six boys and myself. The petty trading, the sleepless nights….hmmm… have never been in vain.
I celebrate you this day as you will soon turn 80 years. Live long mum because I am yet to pamper you enough. Much kisses Mrs Abiew!
Madam Stella Somuah Sarpong, a lecturer at the Professional Studies Department, says she was stubborn growing up but her mother had the skills to train her to become the beautiful woman and mother she is today. She puts it in the following words:
OGRA as we affectionately call you, words cannot express how much I value you and my immense love for you.
I worried you alot with my stubbornness growing up but you always knew how to bring me back to my senses.
I am proud of the woman I am now. God bless you with long life in good health.
And Nana Yaw Ofori Gyasi, Senior Lecturer at the General Studies Department remembers how his mother deliberately prevented him from playing football. He says his mother would come and sack him whenever he made an attempt to play football. He says thus:
I remember: when I was a little boy during my basic school days, any time I went to play football, my mother came to sack me. And she usually said that those I was playing the ball with were not my age mate so I should stop and go and learn. Because of that I did very well in school and today, I am an academic.
My mother has always been with me and she has been my number one supporter.
As we celebrate mothers, I wish you God’s blessings and long life.
May you live long to see your great grandchildren’s children.
Much love from me to you, Deaconess Comfort Addobea Darko.
These lecturers could not hide their pofound gratitude to their mothers. The passion, love, and emotion with which these words were uttered appear genuine and very touching.
As we celebrate our mothers, TUTAG KTU Chapter wishes to celebrate all members who are mothers. We wish all female lecturers a Happy Mothers day.
Happy Mothers Day!