Happy Fathers Day – Story of A Father’s Sacrifice
When I was much younger, in my secondary school years, my father lost his job. Things were quite hard for us. My dad had to join public transport business, working as a bus driver. Some days he could not get a bus to drive, he does conductor. You know how terrible these kinds of jobs are in Lagos, Nigeria.
One day, on my way to church, I saw four men insulting my dad and was about to beat him up at the bus garage. These were agbero boys. They wanted him to pay before loading his bus, but he was just coming out from the mechanic and had no money. I could not stand the sight so I tried to intervene. Immediately my dad saw me, he convinced the touts to back off and acted as if all was well. However, I understood what happened and I was very hurt. That night, my dad told me that me and my siblings has the right to a proper education, and that he was going to give us that legally, no matter how embarrassing or hard it may be.
And he sure did.
Story by Ngozi Orji (A female in Nigeria)
Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In Europe, it has been celebrated on March 19 (St. Joseph’s Day) since the Middle Ages. This celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America, where March 19 is often still used for it, though many countries in Europe and the Americas have adopted the U.S. date, which is the third Sunday of June. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Mother’s Day, Siblings Day and Grandparents Day.
Fathers are super special, their sacrifices are unique. Females in Nigeria congratulate every male, fathers and fathers in the making. You are simply amazing.
Happy Father’s Day!