“Sweet Mother”- Originally Sung by Prince Nico Mbarga of Nigeria, the Hit from the 1970s Brings Back Great Memories of Our Mothers This Holiday Season- Merry Christmas to all Y’All Out There- May All of Our Departed Mothers Be Remembered this Christmas and New Year

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SWEET MOTHER

Anyone growing up in Africa, particularly, West Africa in the 1970s will stop to reminisce their childhood or adolescent years upon hearing Prince Nico, as he was known, blarring on the radio. If you did not know what your mothers did to give you not just life, but a living in the hot sun of Africa, you would every now and then hear your mother singing the song to you when you came home from school. I recall even my best friend, Cynthia’s mom singing the song one day when we gathered to celebrate her birthday at her home. That memory of a mother so dedicated as I knew Cynthia’s mom, singing Prince Nico’s “Sweet Mother” to us prior to the singing of “Happy Birthday” to her daughter while we were still in high school at CWA comes back to me every time I recall my own mother, another woman who knew the very lyrics of the song when it pleased her. Prince Nico touched the hearts of mothers during that year. Now, being sung by another artist on video, I couldn’t help sharing it from Youtube when I discovered the song on my friend, Lola’s webblog. Of course, I have a copy, but I wouldn’t post it myself from the DVD, but it’s good to know that the legacy of the powerful Nigerian and African star, Prince Nico continues to influence the world, and more especially, the legacy of the African woman, the African mother, the hero of Africa still lives on in that song.

This is Mama, Hne Datedor Mary Williams who died in 2000, just eight years after that.

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Here is my own mother in 1992, despite war, she stopped to pose for this photo to send it to us and her grandchildren who had just immigrated to the United States to escape the Liberian civil war in 1992.

Here is me in 1980, in college, having been shaped a bit by the old song:

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The Christmas and New Year season, not to speak of the Thanksgiving American style usually brings back many sad memories, whether or not one has lost a mother or father. But this holiday season is supposed to make us merry, right? The whole idea of celebrating with huge families and friends can be depressing to immigrants who often come to the United States without their extended families, and therefore do not have huge families to gather with or cannot afford to send for extended families from their original home countries. As the holidays get closer, I often will revisit my own memories of growing up in Monrovia, the shiny holidays, the green holidays of music and flashy toys, of families who were there, but that alone is not sufficient. Today, I heard the old old song through Lola’s beautiful website, and thought hey, there is something great about memory, about the power of living to recall those who are no longer with us, about the beauty of life and art and God and everything.Many Americans who usually are used to having their mothers or fathers around during the holidays, and now no longer have them are also like many of us who have become accustomed to not having our mothers or fathers around. But memory can add to the beauty of the celebration. I know- I am going to be calling my father this week and sending him and the family my Christmas gift, which is expected, and he will tell me how much he misses me, but I will not see them and they will not see me or my children. What for me is most wonderful however, is that the story of Christmas is the same every where around the world. The good news of Christmas, the well wishing, the expectation of renewal because of the Christ child, the hope of seeing our loved ones again because of the hope that Christmas assures, and the faith of the everlasting is a great thing to hold on to whether one is in Africa now or in the US. For me, my mother’s love of God and her singing and her hope for her children are a great treasure this time of year when there is so much cold and so much spending of wealth that I don’t have. “Sweet Mother,” Prince Nico sang, “I never forget you, for de suffer wheh you suffer for me-oh.”

Early Holiday Greetings to all of my sweet readers out there. I love you.

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11 Responses to ““Sweet Mother”- Originally Sung by Prince Nico Mbarga of Nigeria, the Hit from the 1970s Brings Back Great Memories of Our Mothers This Holiday Season- Merry Christmas to all Y’All Out There- May All of Our Departed Mothers Be Remembered this Christmas and New Year”

  1. daynuaht86 Says:

    Dear Sir or Madam

    My Name is Tuatoe, i’m the developer and one of the owner of Liberia MyTurn. Liberia MyTurn is a storytelling and informational website that showcases stories told by Liberians and their experiences during Liberia’s 14 years of civil war. And i was wandering if you could post a link to our site on your site, i will really appreciate it.

    Feel free to check out the site as well. http://www.libmyturn.com

    Thanks

    • poetryforpeace Says:

      I like your site, but you see, I would do it if you also feature links of a great venture like mine on your site. I have lots and lots of viewers, and what I do may not be news, but it is a global project with most of its focus on Liberia. I look forward to hearing from you if you are interested in posting a link of my blog on your site as well.

      Patricia Jabbeh Wesley

  2. daynuaht86 Says:

    Poem From http://www.libmyturn.com

    Hot Heated Since Birth,
    I Need to be Born Again
    Blinded,
    Now I see
    Once Deceased
    Asleep
    Alone
    Long, West
    Quiet…….continue reading at http://www.libmyturn.com/poems

  3. Frank Says:

    I do love all mothers in the World. Their care for their children even signifies their motive and loving kindness. I highly appreciate their effort and dedication on their part of bearing for the painful 9 months duration.
    MOTHERS, May God bless you abundantly.
    Peace be unto you the mothers!
    Stay Blessed.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    For some of us this African song is like a piece of diamond treasure that Prince Nicolas left behind for us to remember and keep treasuring. A prophet is not someone who only preach the the gospel, a prophet is also gifted person who has true and divine words that carries power without end… though he went too soon, but he left us something that will always live and be remembered by African folks and generation after generation…just like Bob Marley and the rest whose words are meaning in life. REST IN PEACE PRINCE NICO-REST IN PEACE. Your work good! (:^)

  5. uluynder charles Says:

    This Mmothers Day my daughter sent me the video that her cousin sent her and it brought back so many memories it was very popular in Saint Lucia as well. We still hear it on the radio. Blessed Love

  6. poetryforpeace Says:

    You check your facts

  7. Tifanny Says:

    Hola me llamo stephanie. Yo soy del norte colombia del Caribe. Debo decir que me encaro mucho tu historia, es el año 2016 y todavía se escucha y baila en las especial en las ciudades de Barranquilla y Cartagena al prince Nico “sweat mother” y otras canciones más. Aunque no lo creas fue muy famoso por estos lados, pero lastima que no había antes la comunicación qué hay ahora porque nos hubiese tener su banda aquí.


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