|Mary Awudu in Action (Source:The Eye Online)|
Because of her exemplary character, Mme Mary Awudu today bags a manifold of sobriquets. She is fondly referred to as; workaholic, iron lady, woman-man, woman of the people, an icon, an epitome of leadership et al. She has turned politics which is known by many as a dirty game, to an enviable profession through her impeccable strides and meteoric rise in the profession. No doubt why the leading opposition party, the Social Democratic Front (SDF), had no other choice than to appoint her as the Nkambe and Donga-Mantung Divisional political campaign manager. Beside, this wonderful woman is strangely, her own husband’s (Hon. Cyprain Awudu Mbaya) campaign manager, to the admiration of all and sundry.
This is so because the no-nonsense, infatigable Mme. Mary Awudu believes that “forget about all the reasons why something may not work. You only need to find one good reason why it will”. And she saw that the one reason that makes everything works is hard work; for if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavours to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
The school of the wise holds that a leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others see. This aptly describes Mme. Mary Awudu, a composite personality with multifaceted talents. She is a woman of action who fervently believes that, “sometimes our best is simply not enough. We have to do what is required”. She believes that everything worth doing should be well done or it should not be done at all. Yes, Mme. Mary Awudu has been doing her best, but she thinks she should not only do her best but do what is required for the betterment of mankind. Reason why she is known Donga-Mantung Division-wide as a woman of the people.
Mme. Mary Awudu cuts a figure of a trained soldier as she appears permanently alert. She is exceedingly intelligent, soft-spoken and sparingly reticent but very incisive in conversation. She is, to say the least, naturally imbued with the sense of humour especially within the circles of her family and acquaintances, yet she is a very strict housewife, business woman and politician who follows hierarchical prescriptions to the letter.
The qualities of this loving, accommodating and God-fearing woman are admired even by the Donga-Mantung administration. In The Eye newspaper press award for excellence at Nkambe last July 27, 2013, the First Assistant SDO for Donga-Mantung, did not mince his words when he openly said that if the Man of the Year award was bagged by Hon. Cyprain Awudu Mbaya this year, 2013, it was a thousand times thanks to his better half, Madame Mary Awudu Mbaya, who has always stood firmly by him.
Equally corroborating the First Assistant SDO, the Mayor of Nkambe, Jones Mangoh Tanko, who said if Hon. Cyprain Awudu has so far garnered scores of awards nationally and internationally, it’s because Hon. Awudu’s wife has always stood behind him as a true friend indeed. He added that it was not a mistake that the couple, Hon. Cyprain Awudu and Mme. Mary Awudu both were award winners of The Eye Newspaper for 2012.
It’s because of Mme. Mary Awudu’s keepsake qualities that NewsWatch lens caught her as a veritable icon, Donga-Mantung and SDF pearl par excellence.