Happy Birthday Daddy!!!!
Warning!!! Grab a seat and popcorn as I take you down memory lane of how amazing my dad is
You, Dad, are one of my favourite people in the world.
You are the best daddy in the world no doubts.
You have always been there whenever I needed you or even when I don’t. You’ve been such a wonderful pillar of strength and motivation in my life from the very first day. I cannot conjure a single negative memory but so much good memories to last me a life time and of course share with your grandchildren.
I remember that time a cockroach of all places found its way into my ears. ewwwww I know! (this is why I’ve been praying so hard for this filthy animals to go into extinction 😡😡😡😡😡😡) you stayed up all night with me because the pain was unbearable, held a pillow against my head and begged me to stop crying and try endure the pain till morning or when I had that terrible menstrual pain and knowing I have zero tolerance to pain you did everything you could to make me feel better. Or is you leaving the bed for us to sleep when we were living in a one bed room apartment? Life has been tough but we’re grateful for how far God has brought us.
Isn’t it funny how my first memory is about a roach (because calling the full name is disgusting 🤒🤒🤢🤢🤒🤒). That memory haunts me till date.
Regardless, you never for once made us feel like we lacked anything – you never say NO to me and I know everyone is Jealous of this fact 😜😜😝😝😛😛. You spoiled us with petty money to buy ‘sweet mouth’ and buy us road side goodies on your way back from work and O! You bring back your packed food and snacks from conferences and the office. There’s something extra special about packed jollof/fried rice. 😅😅😅😂😂😂
You hate unkempt hair so much, you always give us money to make our hair. I remember when I was about 11 and the hair dresser said I had lice on my hair, and you were so furious with her 😅😅😅😂😂😂 and told me never to go there again. In fact, it was always a struggle making sure my hair looked neat because 1. I hated making my hair and 2. my hair gets rough almost as soon as I make it. I dared not mention cutting my hair.
I’m not the smartest kid but I’ve had to work twice as hard just to make you proud. The fear of disappointing you was the ‘beginning of wisdom’, I‘ll study so much when my mates were having fun just so I can get good grades. This made me realise that don’t have to be the smartest kid in the class to make good grades and in life generally to achieve anything. You just to need to find your weakness and know how best to conquer it.
I remember failing one of my Microsoft professional exams – it was honestly too much for me to handle, I was dealing with Uniben wahala, going for sewing class on the side and was Journeying almost 2 hours from Uniben to NIIT on Adesuwa road (if you know Benin then you’d know how far this journey is) under Benin hot sun, literally compressed like sardine inside those their mini buses as if that isn’t enough, your nose goes through the torture of perceiving different body odours from students mostly that have over utilised their ‘leggediz’ Benz 😫😫😢😢😭😭.
Long story short – I failed and I had to look for money to reseat exam because I was too scared of disappointing you. I had to drop out from sewing school because I obviously couldn’t handle the three – a decision I later regretted (I talked about this in my taking stock post HERE.) but anything to see that smile on Daddy’s face. I still wonder why you say Thank you when I tell you I passed an exam. Weird!
I remember how heartbroken I felt when I saw my GCE result. My first thought was what will daddy say? And all my failed post UME exams – I’ll cry and be sober for days and pretend like I am not eating (meanwhile I was eating on code because nothing in this life can make me not eat o! 😄😄😅🙈🙈🙈) just to show you how remorseful I am for
failing not meeting the cut off mark. But, you kept on encouraging me to work harder and trust in God to do it. True to your words, 8 years later: I have a diploma in Computer Engineering from University of Benin, Higher diploma in Software Engineering form Aptech Education, Bsc in Business Information Systems/Information technology from Middlesex University, Msc in Business Strategy Leadership and Change in view from Heriot Watt University and you want me to bag a PHD as well but ermmm we shall discuss about this some other time. 😬😬🤓🤓😬😬
We know how much frowning makes you uncomfortable. Sometimes we purposely ‘stone face’ when you yell at us. We totally agree that we’re at fault in most cases but other times you’re just being a typical daddy – we always say ‘you know say daddy no get mind’ so let’s just bone him. And you never prove us wrong! You’ll call us and say I don’t know why you’ll have been squeezing your faces o! but if I have offended you people abeg no vex. 😂😂🤣🤣😅😅. We always win! Evil children 👹👹👺👺👹👹
Or is it days we lie that we want to buy pad because we know you cannot say no to that request. We just need that 500 naira! And you’ve surprisingly said; come o na how many times in a month una dey see period..😆😅😂🤣😆😁
Do I still need to convince you that he’s the bestest dad ever???
And how can I almost forget that you never fail to admire us, once I get daddy’s approval you can’t tell me nothing. I can hear your voice saying ahn ahn my fine baby, this your dressing fine o. 👯👯👯
On Sunday mornings, you’d say you better wake up early. You know you’d make breakfast and lunch, you’d make up and you’d SNAP. I wouldn’t wait for you o! 😆😅😂🤣😆😁 typical African dad always threatening to leave us at home. You’ve been the only one to say abeg allow them eat and grow and mumc is always like; you’re not going to be the one to marry them, they need to be weight conscious. They’re still growing! The best reply ever. Forever babies in daddy’s eyes.
(Dear future hubby, if my daddy can wake me up early to do proper makeup and still have time to snap then you can. No excuses! so take cue. Moral of the story is he knows I need to do all of this things so he wakes me up early giving me enough time. In the end we’re all happy. He didn’t say must you snap????? Yes o I must snap)
I can go on and on but let me stop here.
I am so glad I have more than enough memories to share with your grand kids. Speaking about grand kids. Just yesterday my mum said Tega, July is around the corner o! and I was like what’s happening in July. Obviously playing pretence. In plain African mother language, you will be 26 in a few months, your clock is beginning to tick. You need to get a man asap! So, I wonder why at 25 you’ve never asked me about a man. Is it that you’re scared to give me away? 😆🙃😊😊☺☺ I bet you always ask mummy what’s up and she never fails to give you full gist if there’s any because ‘there’s no secrecy in marriage’. Her excuse whenever she spills the beans to daddy even when you ask her not to. 😏😏😒😒😐😐
Ok. I need to round up now.
You and Mumc have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to give all of us such a great life and I couldn’t be any more grateful. It’s not easy to live in two countries apart because of wanting to give your children a better future. No gift will ever replace this gift/sacrifice you both have bestowed upon us. Yet, your love never fades instead grows stronger and stronger. (My folks are the mushiest o! You don’t wanna be around them 💏💏💏💏). In this generation, one can only hope and pray for a love that is as strong as yours.
Daddy, I/we appreciate you.
You’ve taught me humility, you’ve taught me that hard work pays, you’ve taught me to be prudent in spending (but when shopping is involved hmmm), you’ve taught me to never give up, you’ve taught me to be strong and courageous, you’ve taught me how to read. You gave me the first book ‘maximising your potential’ that helped shaped me to the woman I’ve become(ing). Thank you!
Above all you believe in me more than anyone else. You’ve given me all I could have ever needed, because you gave me love. I always want to make you proud, you motivate me to do my best in everything. Whether it is my small achievements, my academic performances, me as a human or doing something BIG in life.
Your generosity is immense. If someone needs a favour, all they have to do is ask. For all of these reasons and so many more, I want to say thank you. Thank you for being the best husband to my mummy: she’s always bragging about this and she’s not stopped admiring these pictures; she’s like see my handsome bobo..😆😅😂 I can’t deal, the best father to all of us your children because I’ve lost count of how many people call you daddy. Too bad I had to share you with the world literally. I know that there are other dads in the world who are great, but I think we all really got the best one.
I know how much you love houses, so I feel so sad I can’t gift you a house YET. But very soon, sooner than you expect. I am looking forward to you walking me down the aisle and yea having a proper photo shoot with you. I am sorry I don’t call you as much as I should – blame it on my terrible calling habit. 🙈🙈🙈
I love you. To infinity and beyond, but even that would be a smaller term to define.
We are not lucky but blessed to have you. So happy birthday, Daddy. Here’s to so many more years of laughter.
My prayer for you today is:
May God give you wisdom and understanding for all things. May he abundantly bless you, and give you daily strength. May he keep you safe and protect you. May he always smile upon you, and may his presence be your daily reward. Amen!
Help me in wishing my daddy a Happy Birthday!!