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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“It’s because of our tradition and the closeness that when they go away from home they miss us so much. We take our children to be our property, they become part of us, we depend on them and they depend on us.”Skip to next paragraph
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And on whether they are momma’s boys and girls?
“They are mother’s kids, because the men leave everything in the hands of the women and they grow to know their mother’s more,” Ms. Ackah says. “Women are not that highly regarded in society, but because we brought our children up and they are enlightened, they tend to appreciate what their mothers do for them, where the men don’t as much.”
But like mothers all over the world, Ackah has experienced Mother’s Days where her five daughters failed to produce gifts, organize outing, or simply forgot.
Ghanaian comedian Nii Commey has been performing "Mommy’s Pimples and Dimples," a play he wrote for Mother’s Day that premiered at the International Women’s Forum, a four-day expo in Accra focused on women’s empowerment. The play tackles issues such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, and attitudes toward widows and women in politics, though the message is conveyed with laughter.
After performing his role as a sleazy landlord who preyed on his newly widowed tenant, Mr. Commey says in an interview that he is sorry he will not be spending more time with his mother because he has to perform two shows on Mother’s Day.
“We love our mothers generally more than we love our fathers, and even when you are independent and you are having trouble, you can always go back to your mother,” says Commey. “The African mother would die so their child could survive,” he adds solemnly.
When asked whether Ghanaians were mommy’s boys or girls, Commey paused and considered the question a little too seriously, perhaps interpreting it as a slight. He attributes the phenomenon to broken homes where fathers were absent.
While Commey will not be available all day for his mother on Mother’s Day, he says that he will offer her gifts.
“I will give her some money, she loves the money, and offer her some sweet words,” he says before getting ready for another performance of his play.
Out in the parking lot, Goldrick Thomas Agyemang, a teenager, offers some final meditations on the day and motherhood.
“Mother’s Day, I see it as being everlasting,” he says. “We should love, honor, and give respect to our mothers for everything they have done for us eternally.”