Host of Nyhira FM’s Obra show, Mrs Eleanor Effe Amanor, also known as Mama Effe, has been honoured with Distinguished Service to Humanity Award.
The award was bestowed on her by the President and leadership of the Association of Concerned Ghanaians in Europe (ACGIE) for her contribution to sustaining healthy relationships among families and communities at large.
The passionate radio host has received honours from institutions in three European countries – France, Germany and Holland – for distinguished service to humanity.
An article released by ACGIE lauded Mama Effe for her “skills in solving all manner of problems, from child neglect, lost-and-found parents, abuse in relationships issues, among other social issues”.
The article, signed by the president of the association, Frederick Addo read:
The President & leadership of the Association of Concerned Ghanaians in Europe for Human Rights, Democratic Governance and Peace Initiatives for Africa bestow to [sic] Mrs Eleanor Effe Amanor aka Mama Effe Distinguished Service To Humanity Award.
If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family or a nation (quote from Ghanaian scholar Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey (1875-1927), one of this century’s greatest educators.
Women, in general, are the newborn child’s primary caregivers in most societies. The paid nanny, the indulgent grandmother or an older sister are most likely to watch over the child during its first three critical years. From the womb through its early formative years the baby has more direct contact with women.
It is during this time that the words, unspoken messages and expectations of the caregiving woman affect and determine the child’s future destiny most. A physically abused and psychologically hurt child at this time is likely to project his or her anger on society in later life. On the other hand, a child that is surrounded by the warm embrace of loving women caregivers will most likely spread that love in his or her future dealings with others as the child grows up.
Perhaps the truthfulness of this saying is best exemplified in the life of George Washington (1732-1799), the first President of the United States, who said this about his mother: “All I am I owe to my mother…I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.
Mama Effe joined Luv 99.5 FM of the Multi-Media Group in Kumasi in 1997 and currently runs the programme, Obra at 1 pm, which has its contents in social, marital/relationship with a strong base in child support as well as orphans and widows support.