I could start this letter by thanking you for multiple things, such as for your financial support over the years, but somehow, when I sit back and think about how truly thankful I am for being blessed to have you as a father, those things barely scratch the surface.
What I really want to thank you for are the countless times you carried me on your shoulders even when I got too big to be up there. I have learnt what it means to love from you. I would be completely lost in this world without you, and I am whole-heartedly convinced that God knew exactly what he was doing when he chose our blood to mix. It’s not only a priviledge, but a huge blessing to have you in my life. I thank God for you every given moment.
I sit here and reflect on my years back, and I will be eternally grateful to you for who you are, all what you did, and what you are to me. All I needed to do was ask! As long as it made sense to you, I got it.
You are my TOWER of STRENGTH. You have ALWAYS believed in me and my strengths. You believe in me much more than I believe in myself. You forgive my faults and only encourage my strengths. You are so proud of me and your confidence in me reminds me that I am meant for greater, and has brought me this far daddy. Thank you 🙂
I remember at the tender age of eleven when you were having a conversation with your baby-sis, my mum about me and you said: “Dupe, se o mo wipe Sisi has always been a precocious child”. I rushed to the dictionary to check the meaning, and began to UNDERSTAND MYSELF better. You discovered so many talents in me and encouraged me to develop them. I am eternally grateful daddy.
I remember how I looked forward to my holidays. Even though then, our… homes were walking-distance apart, I always wanted to spend my holidays at yours. You allowed me my freedom, but was still protective. Phone usage was not a big deal to you back then that many locked their phones from their children – you would “unlock” the phone for me to use. “311336” was MY number 🙂 So, as far as I was concerned, they could keep their phone at home! I didn’t even bother!
You have understood me from my childhood, and helped me grow. You knew little girls needed their dads, and I knew I could approach you for even the most sensitive things bothering me. You would counsel, and provide if needed. What else could a princess ask for?
I remember my sweet 16th birthday. You made it possible. Not only did you sponsor it, it was held at yours and yes, my friends and I had a blast. I still have pictures from it and it always brings smiles to my face. Thank you daddy.
I can’t help but accept that yes, Sango (my bio-dad-R.I.P) was right five years ago when he found out you were with me at the Passport Office in Ibadan and said: “Tunji, o nba omo yi je ni!” I remember you, in your soft voice replied him: “bi Papa (Oke-Ado) se ba iwo na je! He gave up when it came to you and I, but would still say something! LOL. EVERY girl deserves to be pampered by her dad. Even the Immigration Officers knew they couldn’t mess with “Omo Baba Phillips!” Every five years since I started getting a Nigerian passport, it has been a routine. You go with me and stay with me till it’s issued. If we needed to return the next day, my daddy was sure going back with me. Daddy, eeeeepe fun mi oooo. Okay, so as not to make the rest jealous 😂😂eeeeepe fun wa ooo. Amin.
I remember some years back, you had seen a magazine with a lady that looked like me on the cover page. You bought it, and showed everyone that visited you that the lady looked very much like your pretty daughter. I think you gave a copy to my older brother Oliver because he kept telling me I needed to see the cover page. You kept the magazine for me to see 🙂
I can’t thank you enough for everything. I sure can never repay all you have done, but I want you to always know that you indeed have a very special place in my heart and life forever.✅✅✅
You are not only my mum’s big brother, you are MY dad. Not everyone can truly mean it when they call their uncle “daddy”. I am blessed!
Thank you for transferring the love you had and still have for your lil sis to me👄💕
This time last year, we all gathered in the U.K to celebrate your 80th birthday and it sure was memorable. As you clock the 81 today, I go on my knees and send prayers above to God for health in body, mind and soul for you and peace of mind every aging person deserves. E jeun omo pe daddy. Ounje wa ko ni kan ni enu yin. Amin Jesu.
Thank you daddy for showing me what daddies should be like. Thank you for always believing in me. It has sure helped me grow into the resilient and confident woman I am today. Thank you daddy 🙂
Your wisdom has taught me to trust in God, and your courage has shown me how to walk in faith.
You have encouraged me to reach for the stars. Thanks for all the times you lifted me up and helped me believe that anything was possible.
I hope you know how blessed I feel to have you in my life, today and always.
HAPPY 81st BIRTHDAY DADDY OLATUNJI ADEKUNLE PHILLIPS.🎂🎁🎁
Love you beyond words that could be published on here or anywhere FOREVER.
N.B: This article was originally published on May 20, 2016.
Always will be,
Your lil Princess – Sisi.