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Celebrating Moms

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Ronald Thwaites
Richie Stephens
Usain Bolt
Jennifer Bolt, Usain's mother.
Mama Carmen, Richie Stephens' mother.

As the world celebrates and honours mothers today, The Sunday Gleaner sought answers from some prominent Jamaicans about what's so special about their mother.

Usain Bolt Sprint sensation

I love my mother a lot because she has instilled values I will always use throughout my life - to be honest, respectful and to never forget where I am coming from. My mother and I have a special relationship and I can always depend on her to give me great advice.

Samantha Chantrelle Executive director of the Digicel Foundation

She is the person I admire the most in the world. She taught me how to be strong and that my children are most important in life through how she has and still treats me.

Richie Stephens Reggae superstar

She was mother and father to me when I was growing up, she played the part of a mom and dad, so I poured all the love that I would've given two people into one. I love her more than anything else.

Tifa Dancehall artiste

The way I love my mother is unexplainable; the reasons are beyond words. We have been through a lot coming from a single-parent household, and she has been a mother and father to me, always pushing me to do my best.

David Sommerbell Jr

International race car driver

She has passed on amazing values to us. She also taught us to be very appreciative of what God has given us and is the kindest person I know. Her influence on me has been amazing.

Susan Goffe

Chairperson of Jamaicans for Justice

I think because she instilled a love of learning in me, her knowledge imparted has been very important in my life. I also like her commitment to seeking the truth in situations and her devotion to her family.

Reverend Ronald Thwaites

Minister of Education

She was a most generous and unselfish person who gave her life for the upbringing of her children. There wasn't a selfish bone in her body and that is the way we all should live.