Childbearing is highly respected among the people of Ghana and barrenness is frown upon by most societies. However, irresponsible parenting is also unacceptable. Parents are expected to provide for the needs of their children and those who fail in doing that are disrespected in society. Parents are required to feed, cloth, educate, shelter, provide care and security for their children. To accentuate this point, a figure portraying a mother and a child or children is carved to serve as a reminder to parents in doing what is expected of them. The name given to the figure in Akan is ‘Obaatan na ]nim de[ ne ba/mma b[die’, literally meaning it is the mother who can best provide for her child/children. There are several other proverbs that express the same idea among the Akans of Ghana. ‘Obi nim obi de[ y[‘, literally meaning one cannot best care for what belongs to others and ‘agya bi wu a agya bi te ase, y[ka de dadaa awisia’. The literal translation is, saying that if a father dies another father lives, is merely said to console an orphan.
This wonderful piece of work is normally use in Ghana as a gift on mother days. It can also be used for home and offices decor.