In the United States, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May. That day is today. In some countries it was changed to dates that were significant to the majority religion, or to historical dates. So as I write to honor the influential women in my life I know some of you unlike us in the States might not be celebrating mother’s day today.

Nellie Mandowa
Nellie Tsamila – Mandowa

Whatever day the country we Malawians live in and are set aside to honor our mothers, I ask that we reflect and honor the women in our lives.

My mother Nellie Tsamila Mandowa was the most influential woman in my life. She was my first teacher. She taught me in Standard one and two at Mfera Primary school Kaputeni village of which my Aunt Najere is now the Chief.   My mother was indeed a magician, she knew when I needed encouragement or needed a kick on the backside. Her timing was always on point. When I was down she picked me up and when I was full of myself she made sure she brought me down to earth.

I remember speaking to Joyce Banda our President when she was still battling President Bingu WA Mutharika. After I hang up the phone I remember thinking to myself not once did she feel sorry for herself. This was a woman who was not sure whether Bingu was going to put her in Jail or even worse. She still found time to encourage me and others to do the right thing. Like her or not Joyce Banda is one of those women who has influenced the life of Malawians.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we at The Maravi Post on behalf of all the magician-like moms who’ve always found a way to meet our needs with generosity and put our interests before theirs, we say a big thank you and promise to always honor you.

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