Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
Good name they say is superior to wealth. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful is a "child cheat" and I say that without any statements of regret. She is the most sure, canny, delightful, tasteful, genuine, confident however clever animal I have worked at any point ever with. She centers around acting naturally and very tough.
When our ways crossed, It was a writer and a Member of Parliament connection (companionship). It then, at that point, developed to turn into a mother and little girl affair.
The very day she griped of me not welcoming her for my First Degree graduation was sufficient sign that she had good intentions for me.
She was the main I addressed before I left my media work. The consistent updates for her to fix me and her persistent affirmations (for quite a long time) to continue pausing, was disturbing most definitely. At last, the inestimable alarm on my telephone came; "send me your CV and convey a printed version to Mr... Dominate at your meeting and pass on the rest to God".
Quite various companions cautioned me against working with her. Harsh, an unrepented soul, egotistical were a portion of the descriptors utilized in portraying her to me. "She is great to you since you manage her from a remote place, keep that separation," they said.
I took every one of those with a touch of salt and went in for the kill.
The initial two months were flawless until reality started raising its head. Ursula is no nonsense. She gives an excess of consideration to subtleties. I'm the lighthearted kind and love acting at my own speed. The principal task was dissipating a few untruths tossed at her.
Those were hawked by some dear companions from the inky society. I needed to pick either my work and my companions. I started hesitating and crap hit the fan. I got every one of the blistering words there could be in life on that day. I secured myself my office and sobbed like a baby.
I for all intents and purposes surrendered that evening. I was prepared to leave the following morning, however a companion assisted me with excursion of the senseless contemplations. It would have been my greatest slip-up in life.
This type of preparing proceeded for certain months and step by step I was becoming accustomed to her typical fits. Practically all her 'irritating messages' were sent between 1am-3am.
I would awaken each day break to check my WhatsApp messages and reacting to her basic message could require over 30 minutes since I would compose, erase, compose, alter, erase till I am persuaded whatever I had written made enough sense.
Sometimes, she would overlook the substance and imprint the structure. One requirements "basic thinking" prior to reacting to her messages, in light of the fact that there will follow up questions. Questions exuding from your underlying response.
I had gulped enough and expected to vent. I really wanted a break course, however I additionally didn't have any desire to leave the place of employment. I believed I was intellectually bruised.
She is generally calm when out of Accra (I assume away from the workplace stress) thus one would consistently wish to be out traveling with her to talk about significant issues without she being her normally opposing self.
Thankfully, GIFEC had a functioning visit in Ashanti Region, and she was joining in. I wandered my direction into the group since I really wanted her complete consideration to vent.
After a tedious day, she was served 'ampesi' with 'kotomire' stew.
"Won't you clean up and go along with me," she shouted. Opportunity, they say comes however once. An ideal chance to vent I told myself, yet I must be estimated so not to sound disrespectful.
Me: "you've not been reasonable for the legitimate subject matter expert. She did nothing wrong".
As in case Ursula was liable to me, she set aside effort to clarify her side of the issues. "You are correct mother yet kindly award her a group of people," I said. She immediately took her telephone and sent the legal counselor a message which was in the end sent to me. I grinned and equipped into action.
Me: "For what reason are you in every case hard on us?"
And that was the start of long periods of history addresses. I hit the hay realizing her demonstrations are for the most part conscious and intended to harden us.
Anxiety and palpitations turned into my piece whenever I mastermind media interviews for her. Ursula can vow to live per the content yet positively, she's not an autopilot. Support yourself since she will skid.
She would grin realizing how irate her meetings can make you, then, at that point, she'd annoyingly say, "I needed to change them a little. Proceed to do your job".
Anuanom, my cross is heavy!!!
Watching her test archives, pose every one of the pertinent inquiries during gatherings and consistently on top of issues in the business caused me to respect her more. In Nigeria 2019, a night subsequent to getting an honor from FIDA (a ladies legal advisors bunch), she shared her excursion prior and then afterward law with me. That is the way I got propelled to seek after law.
To prevail throughout everyday life, you should be ready and focus on subtleties. You should peruse wide and be intense!!! Those were her words to me in Hungary on an authority trip and that was after her standard thing 'gumbey' for a wrong reportage.
"Please" and "bless your heart" are Ursula's beloved words yet does she say SORRY, yes yet here's the ticket. She would grin and tell a wisecrack, get you to giggle and ease up the occasion. Then, at that point, she would have said sorry. Indeed that is the manner by which she is sorry, similar to a regular "African mother"
Indirect Apology acknowledged ma'am !!!
She has been extremely strong explicitly and impliedly. She hears a ton however acts less. I feel so open to calling her my mom rather than a boss.
She showed herself qualified to be known as a mother again on July 6, 2021. We had a discussion and I anticipated that she should hate me, however she followed up unexpectedly. She gave me motivation not to come up short throughout everyday life. She at long last took my body and soul that day. She is only a "THIEF"!
Ursula resembles a lump of coal that did well under tension and changed into a diamond.
Her love is incredible, flooding and will play always through humanity.
Mothers never resign, regardless of how old their youngsters are. They are continually ready to energize and help their kids. That is Ursula, a mother. I wonder when she will see her children have developed. NEVER, I guess.
Oh no occasionally she does. Indeed, at whatever point I ask fotmr monetary help. Her typical reaction is...
"Madam, clear off! You are a young lady and not needy".
Well, one great mother merits 100 schoolmasters.
She is my Angel on the planet, and she is my need. Much thanks to you for "taking" me from my family and for permitting God to utilize you to be a gift to me. I guarantee you my faithfulness till casket.
Happy Birthday Awurabena.
May Yaweh keep on being your safeguard and direct your path.