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OBAATANPA INTERNATIONAL AND CHDSCGHANA SALUTE THE GHANAIAN MOTHER

By ICACA AfricaSankofa

5/8/2011 3:47:23 PM -

A US based International non-profit, the OBAATANPA House of Hope International and a Ghanaian NGO, the Centre for Human Development and Social Change,Ghana (CHDSCGhana) , have sent joint messages of good wishes to all African mothers, especially the Ghanaian hard working ones on the day of a global celebration of MOTHERS DAY.

Speaking from her office in New York , Nana Baakan Okukuranpon Yirenkyiwaa, the President of the OBAATANPA House of Hope International praised the African mother for her beauty, patience, sacrifices, hardwork and her caring nature. She continued “ We are all blessed to be the product ( offspring) of the TRUE MOTHER of the world. Let us continue the legacy as we raise our children and grandchildren to be future leaders, carrying on the great traditions of our ancestors”.

On her part, the Executive Director, Ms. Felicia Naa Morkor commended the Ghanaian mother by saying she was very happy to celebrate the day as a mother and praised all mothers. She also referred to the popular music dedicated to the African mother by a Nigerian popular musician, Prince Nico Mbarga who wrote the following : ( lyrics in Nigerian Pidjin)

“Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the suffer wey you suffer for me.
Sweet mother I no go forget you
for the suffer wey you suffer for me.
When I dey cry, my mother go carry me--she go say,

'my pikin', wetin you dey cry ye, ye,
stop stop, stop stop make you no cry again oh."
When I won sleep, my mother go pet me,
she go lie me well well for bed,
she cover me cloth, sing me to sleep,
"sleep sleep my pikin oh."
When I dey hungry, my mother go run up and down.
she go find me something when I go chop oh.
Sweet mother I no go forget you for the suffer wey you suffer for me

When I dey sick, my mother go cry, cry, cry,
she go say instead when I go die make she die.
O, she go beg God,
"God help me, God help, my pikin oh."
If I no sleep, my mother no go sleep,
if I no chop, my mother no go chop, she no dey tire oh.

Sweet mother I no go forget you,
for the suffer wey you suffer for me.
You fit get another wife, you fit get another husband,

but you fit get another mother? No!
And if I forget you, therefore I forget my life and the air I breathe.

And then on to you men, forget, verily, forget your mother,

for if you forget your mother you've lost your life.”

Today is Mother's Day 2011. Cherish your mother and shower your love upon her. No gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you – life. To the world your mother might just be one person, but to you she should be the world. And to all the fathers the most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. It has been said that a man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.

This Mother's Day, let us make them feel more special than we make them feel year round. Saying “thank you” to our mothers need not be expensive. We can make our own personally crafted greeting cards/slide presentations or useful items for her kitchen or bedroom. What matters most is the sincerity and genuineness of the heart that will go with each gift for mom.

Happy Mother's Day to all mothers!