As we celebrate Father’s Day today, NJOKI CHEGE spoke to three doting daughters and two fathers who share the humbling journey of fatherhood
Fatherhood, like motherhood, is an opportunity to mould and impact a child’s life. Sadly, in this day and age, we are seeing more fathers absconding their fatherly duties. Thus begs the question, are there any good fathers out there? Eve Woman found out, yes there are.
ROSEMARY JUMA-SANDAGI Married mother of two
“Dad means the world to me. I am lost for words when it comes to describing him. In a nutshell, he has been there for my younger brother and I when we needed him most. My earliest happy memories with dad date back to when I was a child, where he would take us out to play on Sunday afternoons.
My parents separated when I was young, and for the first few years after separation, we stayed with dad. Thanks to his hard work, we lacked nothing. While he is loving, my father was also stern and strict. He always told us to be careful of the choices we make in life, for they determine the path our lives will take.
I learnt from dad the value of self-respect and self-confidence. To date, daddy continues to be an inspiration to me. When I am low, I call him and we pray together. I believe the key to a father having a close relationship with his children lies in being open to each other.
My father was always open to my brother and I. He spoke his mind, without mincing his words and that way; we grew up in confidence and openness. I am glad my husband has picked some of my father’s character.
DIANA KETHI KILONZO,
MUTULA KILONZO’S DAUGHTER
If I could describe my dad in one word, it would be ‘rock’ because he is the foundation of my life and someone I can always count on. He taught me the value of discipline, time keeping, reading and instilled the love for golf in me.
My parents divorced when I was still young, but dad has remained there for us all through. My dad is an exceptional man because he can see right through me.