Mother's Day: Who calls home the most?
Mother's Day is a favorite moment for offspring scattered around the globe to check in with Mom. But Ghanaians living in the United States get the blue ribbon for thinking of Mom the most.
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Many offspring scattered across the globe make it a top priority to say hi to Mom on Mother’s Day. But none more so than Ghanaians living in the United States, according to a survey by an international calling services company.
VIP Communications, a US-based firm, analyzed the calling patterns of more than 30,000 expatriate customers from more than 100 countries over the past year and found that last year on Mother’s Day, phone calls increased by 40 percent compared with a normal day. The day ranked third, behind Christmas and New Year's Eve, in terms of volume of calls.
The bottom line: Africa puts the rest of the world to shame. The previous year, it was South Africans who got the award for thinking most of mom. But Ghanaians moved up to beat South Africans by 12 percent and take the No. 1 position, according to the survey, which found that the average amount of calls made by Ghanaians is 98 percent higher than it is on all other days in the year.Third place was also snapped up by Cameroon expatriates, who made 76 percent more calls than they did on an average day.
That raises a key question: do Ghanaians love their mothers more than the rest of us?
According to Mansah Prah, a feminist social scientist at the University of Cape Coast whose research focuses on gender and sexuality, Ghanaians are definitely mom’s boys and girls.
“It is because of the fact that many receive more love and care from their mothers than their fathers,” says Professor Mansah Prah. “There are many female-headed households in Ghana and many women probably do not live with their partners on a permanent basis."
“Ghanaian culture values mothers and motherhood, but women are still defined through their reproductive roles,” she adds. “It’s better to be a mother than to be unmarried, because being childless here is a very difficult situation for many women.”
Caroline Ackah has received a call from her daughter, who is a medical worker in Texas, every Mother’s Day for the past 10 years. When asked why Ghanaians are so mindful of their mothers, she replies: