By LS Ehun Samuel
Ghana Battalion (GHANBATT 15) serving with the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in DRC (MONUSCO), joined millions in the world to recognize the immense roles mothers play in shaping the affairs of the world, dedicating the day to acknowledging the hard-working females serving with GHANBATT.
Mother’s Day which falls on the second Sunday of the month of May each year, marks a special day for celebrating and honouring mothers, motherhood and the influence of mothers in society and is observed in different forms throughout the world and is characterized by presenting mothers and women with gifts, flowers and often times special treats.
A colourful non-denominational church service themed “Celebration of Motherhood”, was organized on Sunday 12 May 2019, at the INCAL Complex auditorium in honour of the women in the battalion, with a call on women to embrace the pride that comes with motherhood and to love and shepherd those under their care.
Due to the reverence that was associated with the occasion, the liturgist for the Sunday service was no mean a person than the Commanding Officer (CO) of GHANBATT 15, Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Sebastian Abraham Arhin and the officiating clergy was Ms Susan Margaret King, of the MONUSCO Headquarters, a member of the Assemblies of God Church, New Jersey, USA.
The day was climaxed with a Variety and Beauty Pageant Show dubbed “Miss Obaasima Pageant” in the evening, which provided the opportunity to some selected females of the battalion to display their talents, while earlier in the morning, the ladies were hosted to a feast in the officers’ mess, which saw male key appointment holders serving the meals.
At the pageant, participating ladies undertook activities such as cat walking, singing, dancing, poetry recitals and the knowledge base of participating ladies on general knowledge were also subjected to test, among others to the admiration of the audience.
At the end of the night, Aircraft Man Class One (AC1) Kwakye Comfort was crowned MISS OBAASIMA GHANBATT 15, Troopers Nkum Gloria and Adu-Gyamfi Evelyn emerged first and second runners-up respectively.
Present at the ceremony to honour the women of the battalion were other women from MONUSCO Mission Headquarters.