I think it was Jim Valvano who gave one of the greatest tribute quotes to fathers. He said, ‘my father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me’.
Without much ado, we shall be taking into account some of our biggest and widely celebrated music icons whose career successes have coasted off the direct support, motivation and legacy imprint provided by their fathers.
When we think of superstar act, Davido, we can’t help but first remember his background of sheer wealth. It is also common knowledge how capital intensive the business of music can be, that would not have amounted to anything without the moral support he got from his father, add that to some of the strict steps his father had to take to bend him into shape. The pop star was not shy to share how his father ones got him arrested.
Gifted rapper, Falz the bahd guy, might not have had a dad in entertainment or to bankroll his musical career, but his dad was surely a well-respected national icon. Those who ran national affairs at the time of his dad’s prime knew well enough to not underestimate the power of his intellect. Falz was brought up under the tenets of a super man who wielded such significance. Not only did his father’s name open a few doors for him he has also pursued his passion with full torque and has become one of the hottest contenders in his chosen field – just like his dad was.
How can we forget Dr SID? His father traversed the ranks of his professional art to becoming one of the veteran actors in the theatre and film industry. Although he did not pursue the exact same career path as his dad, his father’s choice of profession was not unconnected to the reason Dr Sid dumped a career as a dentist for one which truly brings him joy.
Finally, Don Jazzy. Don Jazzy of course wasn’t self-motivated to becoming the multiple award-winning producer and most celebrated entertainment businessman that he is today. This dream he now deals was made to come alive several years ago, and on the backing of a man who taught him to believe in the impossible. Don Jazzy’s dad was the president for the forum of artiste managers and music marketers back when. Now with the Mavins taking centre stage in industry affairs ranging from their artistes prominence to music management and the label’s general strategic operations. The prolific producer ones shared a highly inspirational message he got from his dad even as an accomplished artiste. We have no doubt Don Jazzy obviously learned a little more than just being a music top dog.
How about fast rising pop sensation Kiss Daniel who lost his dad a little to soon but remembers how he got a call around 12am the day after he dropped his smash hit single WOJU to predict that it was going to be a hit….and from his lips to God’s ears.
We could go on and on but all in all we are especially thankful for fathers; for their simple yet powerful and inestimable gift of sincere belief, and the influential support they provide in ensuring that we become nothing but what we have dreamed. From the evidence of the success stories already told, we draw our conclusion without any doubts whatsoever to saying that fathers share in the value adding process to how we progress with joy.
Nuff said people! Let’s fill our glasses with some Johnnie Walker as we make a toast to fathers who have helped us pursue our dreams and goals, ensuring that we #ProgressWithJoy!