African fathers deserve to be praised

Every day, our culture transmits the message that African dads are not involved in their child's life. Black fathers tend to get the short end of the stick when it comes to being appreciated.

A little girl and her father walk on Lido beach in Mogadishu, Somalia, during Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

African fathers deserve to be praised 365 days of the year.

Father's Day is a special day of celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood and the influence of fathers in the world. The idea for Father's Day originated in the United States and has been officially celebrated on the third Sunday in June since 1966.

African fathers, like fathers all around the world, play a crucial role in the lives of their children and families. They deserve recognition, appreciation, and praise not just on specific occasions but throughout the year.

Fathers provide their children guidance, support, love, and care, helping shape their character, values, and aspirations. They play an essential role in promoting the well-being and development of their families. African fathers, in particular, often face unique challenges and responsibilities within their cultural and societal contexts, and their contributions should be acknowledged and celebrated.

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It's vital to consistently express gratitude and praise to fathers, recognizing their dedication, sacrifice, and positive impact on their children's lives. Celebrating African fathers throughout the year helps foster strong family bonds, promotes positive fatherhood roles, and encourages a supportive and nurturing environment for children to thrive.

The general perception in the world is that African fathers do not exist; however, many black African fathers play an active role in their children’s lives, spending more time in their children's day-to-day lives than any other race. So, let's celebrate and honor African fathers not just on a single day but every day, appreciating their love, guidance, and positive influence on their families.

There can be harmful stereotypes and misconceptions perpetuated by certain narratives that diminish the presence and involvement of African fathers. However, it's important to challenge and change those perceptions because many black African fathers do indeed play active and engaged roles in their children's lives.

Fathers in African communities often take on significant responsibilities within their families, including being providers, protectors, and positive role models. They actively participate in their children's day-to-day lives, offering emotional support, guidance, and encouragement. They contribute to their children's upbringing, education, and overall well-being.

It is crucial to recognize and celebrate the involvement of African fathers to counter stereotypes and promote positive narratives. Highlighting their dedication and love helps challenge misconceptions and reinforces the importance of involved fatherhood.

It's essential to move beyond generalizations and acknowledge the diverse experiences of African fathers, just as with fathers from any other cultural background. By promoting a more accurate and inclusive understanding of fatherhood, we can foster a greater appreciation for African fathers' active role in their children's lives and in society as a whole.

Fatherhood Quotes from Around the World.

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. -Clarence Budington Kelland

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. - Ruth Renkel

The greatest gift I ever had came from God; I call him Dad! -Author Unknown

I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much. -Hedy Lamarr

I love how we do not have to say out loud that I am your favorite child. -Author Unknown

There are three stages of a man’s life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus. -Author Unknown

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