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Wadiwa Amai (Dear Mom): A mother’s day tribute

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A lot of times people ask me how I got to be this way .How I ,born initially dark in a country where the sun shines 24/8 got to look presentable and a little light. A coward at face value but a full grown bull in times of war –how did I get to be this girl?

So often I have wanted to say, “I was born this way.”  However, I have never used that response, for a number of reasons but mainly because I know the truth  would set me free . Mamma made a warrior of me.

Now that I am in my early 20’s ,I find myself in the real world appreciating the advice Amai gave me . There were times in my teens that I would say  “ I will never be like my mother!” or  “ mummy thinks she knows best. “  I thought my mother was worrying too much when she complained about overflowing trash cans and dirty piles of laundry.

Well Amai, I’m here to say : You were never wrong

So when we asked Prowl Subscribers to write in and share cherished words from mum the enthusiasm for what makes mums special was astounding.

Read on and shed a tear or  two:

Cherished Advice: life is too short to just have fun. Make memories every step of your journey ;because when days get dark and lonely these memories are all you need .

Things mama never said: There will be days when all I want is amai ‘s hugs.

mwana waHumba

Cherished Advice : there is no reward for sleep

21yr old female

Cherished Advice : stay away from boys or else you’ll get HIV

21yr old female

Cherished Advice : When I got my period she told me I was gonna get pregnant, if I touched a boy (I was scared of boys, until I did biology)

21yr old female

 Cherished Advice : without money a relationship can be challenging if you marry a dreamer your life will always be about dreams, but then again she always said money isn’t everything

50 yr old female

Cherished Advice : Love yourself first it will teach u to love another. – Well it takes time to appreciate, what’s in a good body-whatever your definition of that is

50 yr old female

Cherished Advice:   Order starts with little things like the way you sit, the way u present food in your plate, presentation of your working area

50 yr old female.


Things mama never said:  I wish she had told me that the world is harsh and that  introverts are considered dumb people because here I am can’t raise my voice even when I am 150% right because mama told me don’t pick fights with people it’s uncivilized.


Cherished Advice:  remain focused on your dreams/goals, and persevere in moments of difficulty


Things mama never said: how awesome the phenomenon of kissing is



Cherished Advice :  have character

Cherished Advice : put yourself out there so that the first guy who does something nice for you isn’t your everything


Cherished Advice: have courage


Cherished Advice : Mama said the elderly need to be shown love and affection. I am older now and i know how it feels when people don’t show older people love and affection.

50 yr old female

Cherished Advice: mamma said not all good friends are good for you

23 year old female

Cherished Advice :Mama always says being successful is not something u might be its something u HAVE to be. l work night and day to make sure that happen


Cherished Advice : Mum always said look in the mirror and take your time. See that you are the most beautiful person my heart has known. Don’t ever let anyone take advantage of u because u can be anything u want be


 Cherished Advice :Whatever life throws at you don’t be afraid to embrace it because there’s always a lesson to everything.

23 yr old male

Cherished Advice :Always live within your means

24 yr old male

Cherished Advice : remain focused on your dreams/goals , and persevere in moments of difficulty

23 yr old male


Things mama never said: Well she never told me about failure, she always said I was the best even when it was clear that I was not at times

24 yr old male

Cherished Advice: you have all the time in the world to make life decisions, it’s never too late to change your chosen path.

21 yr old female

Sending tons of hugs and kisses from Prowl to every mother out there – With that said Happy mother’s day to the most beautiful women in our lives

Ancillar has a ridiculous sense of humor and is on a mission not to melt in sunshine city .

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