Last year, I asked on Facebook
“Tell us one positive lesson you learnt from your mother.”
The answers from our 41 respondents are worth saving for future reference.
Integrity and loyalty.
To be industrious.
There is reward for hard work.
Omo Baba Joris
Loyalty, Integrity, Stubbornness (both in its negative and positive form), humor. My mum can be a clown when she wants to be. Till now if I’m angry and I’m trying g to get out all the words at once and I start stuttering badly, she’ll just start mimicking me until I’m forced to either laugh or keep quiet in frustrated anger.
I learnt to be focused and never to be lazy.
My mum can be patient for Africa.
I learnt privacy from her. She can be really reserved. No friends visitation in her life. Company, she no go keep. Na only shoosh (church) she dey go and I don inherit that thing. Talk, she no go talk. Even when she don vex finish, na shake she go dey shake, one word she no go speak (She won’t talk. Even when she is very angry, she will only be shaking but she won’t speak.) But my own, I go cry o, if the thing pain me ehn. (But in my own case, I cry if the thing pains me.)
Be content with whatever you have and don’t rely on anyone, not even family.
Hard work, not waiting on anybody.
I learnt to be industrious.
Prayer, patience, giving, showing love to all and sundry.
She taught me how to spend and set my priorities right.
Keep pushing, Never give up, learn to speak out. To be prepared at all times.
Self reliance and capacity building.
How to cook, how to be a gentle man. She taught me to always make my own money hand not rely on people.
I learnt to be prayerful and never to be lazy.
Contentment and Hardwork.
Tolerance in all.
She taught me how to be meticulous.
I learnt from my mum to always refer to just one good that someone has done to me despite other ills that they may do afterwards. #Ilovemymum
My mum was patient and even if you told her someone gossiped about her, she will never use that to react to that person and she has all the attributes of a good woman in Proverbs 31 and she can pray and loved singing praises.
May her soul rest in peace.
Don’t wait for crumbs from others, work hard and bring your bread to the table.
Prayer is the key.
Love, care, discipline, integrity and faith.
She’ll always say “atelewo eni ko ki ntan ni je”. Literal meaning: “your palm can never deceive you”. Real meaning: get something profitable doing, get employed by the government, or the private sector, or learn a trade and become an entrepreneur… by all means get something doing, never depend on anyone for your livelihood/survival!
She also taught me to be resilient! She’s so STRONG!
So much o; tenacity, business mind, heart of selfless giving, contentment.
To always stand up for myself.
How to save o! Chaiiiii, I can save for Africa.
My mother taught me the virtue of patience.
My mum thought me to be strong,to always stand up dust myself and keep moving. I wish I am as strong as she is.
I learnt to give tiredlessly
Being tidy and accommodating.
She is – Loving, Forgiving, a giver, Prayerful, she’s so SELFLESS.
That woman! Chai!
A MOTHER INDEED SHE IS!
Never use evil to repay evil, be good to all men and free yourself from all grievances in order to be healthy.
Never say never and as a woman, earn a living. Always pray and love others.
You can tell us what you learnt from your mother in the comments or you can send it in an email.