“To the world you are a Mother, but to your family you are the World.”
With long work weeks, young children requiring unwavering attention and an endless household to-do list, being a working mom can seem like an almost superhuman feat.
At Amadeus, we are proud of all the superhero moms amongst our loyal clients: they are not only amazing leaders in the travel industry, they are also super moms to their children and families.
Five of Amadeus’ supermom clients in Ghana tell us how they juggle their career and motherhood.
Essie Sackey – “Life doesn’t come with a manual. It comes with a Mother.”
Mother to three children, now aged 16, 20 and 22, Essie is Director of RS Travel and Logistics. She explains there is so much to say about combining motherhood with a career: it’s difficult, challenging and rewarding. “But, I view the role of motherhood as divine and one that you have for life – no hanging the boots on that role or retiring.”
She explains that motherhood teaches you to be nurturing, loving and supporting. It also teaches you to be tough and firm. According to Essie, the qualities learnt from being a Mother at home has helped make her a better manager in the office. A quote by Sheri L. Dew sums this up perfectly: “Few of us will reach our potential without the nurturing of both the mother who bore us and the mothers who bear with us.”
Joyce Asibuo – Cherish the time with your children
Former CEO at Celex Travels and Tours, Joyce Asibuo is mother to three beautiful children aged 16, 14 and 9.
“Being a working mom is very challenging but oh so satisfying when after a hard day’s work, you go back home to sweet hugs and a whole lot of chatter about every amazing thing that has happened to your children at school and home,” she says.
Although it’s sad to have to leave the children for work very early and come back late when sometimes they are already asleep, moms do what has to be done. The secret, says Joyce is to cherish every little time you get to spend with them.
Gifty Opoku-Agyeman – Work, play and have fun as a family
Mother to three little girls aged 9, 7 and 4, Gifty Opoku-Agyeman is the MD and CEO of Grandeur Consult Travel and Tours.
According to Gifty, it’s easy to get caught in the daily rat race when having children. She says: “The challenge is waking them up early, preparing them for school, preparing their breakfast and lunch that morning and trying to get them to school before 7:30am, without any house help. Thank God for having a supporting husband.”
Also after school, things can get hectic, according to Gifty. She says: “As a mom, I need to help with homework, while still focus on work and satisfy clients. Sometimes, I even take the children along to the airport to help clients after work and we tend to get home late. At home, I need to do some reading with them, go over homework, and prepare them for school the next day.”
But, it’s not all hard work, and there are many exciting and wonderful times. “The fact that they are around always, brings so much closeness. You see each child’s strength and encourage it and see the weakness and correct it. It’s important to work together with the family, play together, have fun together, pray together, and learn together.”
Alice Manu – surround yourself with a solid support structure
Mother to five, Alice Manu took over Special T Travels from her husband Mac in 1994. At that time Alice had already four children: Kwadwo, Karen, Michelle and Kofi. She says: “Business then was good. Even though the business environment was quite challenging, the return on our investment was good. We could give the kids a good education and a good life.”
In 2000, Alice had another daughter, Alison. “My husband and I call her our ‘Pension Baby’,” she laughs. “Now that we are getting old, combining work with her mothering is a bit difficult. Getting up in the morning to make sure she gets to school on time, supervising her homework, attending PTA meetings and managing the business has become a big challenge.” A support structure is vital, explains Alice, who says she couldn’t do without her experienced and well-motivated staff who take care of the office. Also Kofi is a great help and she engages Alison fruitfully at home.
Vivian Abbey – Always go the extra mile
The successful Managing Director of venture-g travels, Vivian Abbey, says Mother’s Day is about the celebration of a mother’s loving spirit of ‘can fix everything at no charge’.
Vivian urges all mothers in the workplace to go the extra mile with their children and cultivate strong values of respect, humility and honesty. “These values are lacking in our world today. We must teach our children the value of hard work and commitments,” she says.
Although Vivian admits that working mother might miss some of the good formative moments with their children, but they will always make it up to them.
Says Vivian: “Happy mother’s day and let’s put our children – the future leaders – on the right path of the fear of God, obedience and the appreciation of creation.”
From the entire team at Amadeus to all moms: “Happy Mother’s Day!”