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Chika’s father

 

Chika had flown in from Pennsylvania for the 50th birthday celebration of her daddy Mazi Ikenna. Life had been a haze and a maze for Chika since she left home for the United States to study at Carnegie Mellon University. Chika was born in England and  moved to Abu Dhabi with her parents when she was nine years old. This was the family’s first international working experience. Many adjustments had to be made. Overall, in Chika’s eyes, the family had made considerable progress over their 10 years stay in Abu Dhabi.

Mazi Ikenna lost his job after barely a year in Abu Dhabi. Chika’s mother, Lolo was a chartered banker and was holding forth the fort for the family. Things didn’t seem to get any better for Mazi Ikenna. Soon, Lolo lost her job as well and the family was in a dilemma. The questions that faced Mazi Ikenna were: where next and what next?

Before they left the UK for AD, they had rented out their house and sold off their stuffs. The move even though dilatory in nature was a move that the family did not know where it would land them. Mazi Ikenna had a very good job for a start with lots of opportunities for international travels and this was truncated at infancy. No wonder the saying, you never know what life has in store for you down the road.

Chika and her only sibling Kalu had to be moved to a more affordable school. Then the hard work began. Ikenna was more keen in instilling into the children what he called core survival skills that will enable them access life in the future. He knew clearly what they needed and he prioritized these needs for the family. First was hard work, he made all of them to realise that hard work will never run out of fashion neither will it lose steam. Secondly, anything you have an opportunity to do in life, do it to the best of your ability because that may be the great platform that could open a bigger door for you. Lastly and more importantly, embrace the divine element.

Church going to the Ikenna’s family was initially something that gave the family the opportunity to socialize with other folks and try to form bonds. Chika always doubted the sincerity of these meetings after church. To her it all seemed too fictitious. Everybody was smiling at their best. Everybody wanted to show case how well they were doing. When people invited you to their homes, they were all out to impress. Chika was always puzzled why people’s lives were so perfect. No errors, no mistakes. Her daddy Mazi Ikenna was a realist to the core. A practical man to the best of his ability. She hardly ever heard her parents quarrel or disagree; however, anytime they did so openly, it was based on Ikenna questioning about the functionality of a supposed family agenda like “why must we buy this washing machine as opposed to the other one which does the job and is sturdier?”

Mazi Ikenna had always told Chika that life was not a bed of roses. But how could life that they had been witnessing be such a bed of roses? Every weekend after church, they would be out at the food court for some meal or visiting some family or some family visiting them.

Ikenna was such a likeable person. He was that kind of a guy that you would be cool with. He could get along with anybody regardless of race, tribe or religion. However, he picked very carefully those he would call friends.

When he lost his job, things changed. The invites for the parties got less and less. People didn’t hang out with them as much as before because finance was very scarce and tight. The family had to tighten up budget. Outings cost money and money was not there for frivolities. The things that mattered to them were food, shelter and education. This Ikenna called essentials. Every other stuff could be worked around.

Chika being the older sibling was always at the forefront of showing good example. She was always tasked with that responsibility of showing a good example to her younger brother from chores to academics and other aspects of life. Kalu was a little disorganized. He needed a lot of support from the family and this sometimes was quite draining for the family. He was so forgetful. He needed to be reminded to do almost everything. Chika was so worried for her little brother. Every morning when they left the house for school with their fat school bags, Chika wondered, of  how much use those big books in the bag would be for them apart from showing that the school, they attended had such a broad curriculum and the students were learning.

Looking into the ceiling from her bed, her mind went through a journey of all the scenarios in the house and the impending birthday party for her daddy the next day. Her daddy was her hero. The man who could hold the family together regardless of the situation. He instilled calm into the family in crisis ridden moments. Having left home for two years now, anytime she came back and opened her bedroom, it all seemed like she hadn’t left home for a day. Nothing had changed. Things were the same way she left them at the end of each vacation. The greatest worry that she ever had was her little brother. However, coming back home this time around, she couldn’t fail to notice the transformation that had occurred in the life of her brother. He was a lot more confident about life. He spoke with such an energy. He loved whatever he was doing or pretended to love it and was getting ready to go to university in the next couple of months in the States. This would be the first time he would leave home and live all by himself. Ikenna and Lolo would have to no doubt get back to living alone like it was, before kids came.

The ballroom was well decorated. The colours of the day were gold and orange with a tinge of purple. The tables were all labelled and last minute checks were made by Lolo. The company who handled the decoration of the ballroom did an outstanding job.

Guests started arriving the hotel by 7pm.  Outside the ballroom, a booth had been set up for photo clicks. Guests stopped by for a quick snap shot with the celebrant before being ushered into the ballroom.

It was fun, relaxation, music, food and reliving of all the good works of Mazi Ikenna during the entire duration of the event. Then Chika was called to say a few words.

“How many of you in here see my daddy as a father figure?” she asked.

A couple of folks raised their hands.

“That is what I mean. I have a bone to pick with you guys. You guys made me an extremely jealous child. I never seemed to have been able to have my daddy to myself. It was always people coming to see him and bog him with problems and issues that he never had enough time for me.”

People chuckled and paid more attention to her.

“I was particularly so worried for my little brother even more so, after I arrived America to study and saw the dearth of culture and how men have lost it in life. I thought to myself oh boy, so this is what my brother is coming to face. I wished I could tell my parents please don’t send him here. But when I remembered the type of father I have, I was consoled.”

By this time the hall was pin drop silent. All eyes were focused on her and all  ears wide open.

“I have been so scared for my brother because of how men have been made so redundant and you hardly have men who are men now”.

Coming from the mouth of a 20 years old girl, this was considered profound and written all over the eyes of the numerous guests, you could see  “I wish I could engage you on this great topic.”

“However I am so happy for how my brother has turned out to be such a fine gentleman who can in my opinion withstand the Jannes and Jambres of our day. All thanks to my father who taught him to be a man. I am so proud of my father and I love my father so much because he also taught me what to expect in a man and has set the bar so high that any man who falls short of that standard in my eyes needs help.”

 

Uwem Mbot Umana©2018

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27 Comments

  • Sophia Akpan Posted August 4, 2020 3:17 am

    Congratulations to the winners of this episode…🤝
    God bless you, Mr. Uwem

  • Tomioluwaleye Posted July 29, 2020 10:59 am

    Mazi Ikenna was a hardworking, successful, focused ,practical and disciplined man who taught his children to be same.

    Even though Mazi ikenna had challenges, he made sure he gave his children the best.

    I especially loved how Chika expressed her deep love for her daddy .

    The witter would have talked about fathers responds after Chika’s speech

  • SUE NWAIRU Posted July 27, 2020 5:07 pm

    Mazi Ikenna was a well disciplined, successful and hardworking man who focused on instilling high values in his children no matter what.

    Despite the difficulties he faced, he made sure he still took good care of his family.

    What caught my attention was the warmth with which Chika loves her father as well as how she appreciates their up bringing.

    The writer should have told us more of the role the mother played in the family.

  • LIZ Nwairu Posted July 27, 2020 3:39 pm

    Mazi Ikenna was a hardworking, successful, focused ,practical and disciplined man who taught his children to be same.

    Even though Mazi ikenna had challenges, he made sure he gave his children the best.

    I especially loved how Chika expressed her deep love for her daddy .

    The witter would have talked about fathers responds after Chika’s speech

  • Kalu Chisom Joel Posted July 26, 2020 11:58 pm

    The story of Chika’s father is one of appreciation. It showcases that indeed, you shall sow what you reap.

    Mazi Ikenna and Lolo brought up their children to value hardwork and strive for perfection in all their endeavors no matter how minute or ginormous the tasks at hand are. As has been seen, they visibly reaped the dividends of inculcating their children with those values.

    For both parents to lose their jobs and still find a way to make ends meet while catering for their childrens’ education is a testament to their will to see their children succeed in life and offer them the opportunities that other families’ children are not afforded.

    Chika’s description of socialization post – church is also quite aptly described as ‘fictitious’. A lot of people in the society do not show the world what is going on in their lives, rather choosing to portray their lives as representations of perfection. They fail to understand that there is a certain beauty that comes with being flawed.

    You also see a lot of people out to impress so-called friends who’s opinions are, frankly speaking, inconsequential. The fact that Mazi Ikenna questioned splurging on things that were not necessities speaks volumes of the kind of man he was and the tenets he held dear all through his 50 years on earth.

    So on that note, I give three hearty cheers to all the Mazi Ikennas out there; those who look at the ways of the world out there and hold firm to what is right; those who instill good values on their children; those who struggle to make ends meet for their kids when they have next to nothing. May God bless you and keep you so yu shall reap the fruits of your labour. Amen

    • Sophia Akpan Posted August 4, 2020 3:06 am

      Nice one 👍🏽👍🏽

  • Yemi Adebiyi Posted July 26, 2020 11:30 pm

    China’s father is a story of a successful family despite all the odds f life they experienced.
    I noticed with interest the hard lessons of life the great teacher and father taught the children.
    I really enjoyed and sucked in to China’s empathy and love for her brother Kalu.A reader will really feel the anxiety of a sister who wanted his brother to grow up a formidable man like their Dad.
    The story becomes so interesting as Chikas father turned out to be what he preached; hard working, evaluator of priorities of set goals,love and the fear of God or godliness.
    The climax was attained with the unusual tribute by Chika for her father that first confounded the audience before it landed significantly on the super parent moulding effort of the dad on Kalu and herself. It was an exemplary accolade a father can get from a twenty year daughter on his birthday.
    A refreshing tale.

  • Aimée Posted July 26, 2020 11:03 pm

    What a story!
    Chika’s father was indeed a great man.

    What worked well was the way the writer portrayed life. Truly, it isn’t a bed of roses. Today you have it all, tomorrow, you don’t. This was the case of Mazi Ikenna’s family; living a life of luxury. Imagining moving from the UK to Abu Dhabi. Next move should have been Canada but they did not expect what was coming. Even when things changed for the worse, they didn’t live like all hope was lost. Everyone should always have it at the back of their minds, make the most of what you have right now because tomorrow, it might be gone. On the other hand, your present condition is not permanent. If you are on the bad side of life, your tomorrow can change. No one knows what life has in store for them.

    What I liked the most was the training Chika and Kalu had. Though they lived a luxurious life, their parents never failed to instill some basic survival skills and life values. They never moved through life like things would automatically fall on their laps but they knew they had to work to earn it. Ikenna lived an exemplary life for the family. Although they were rich, they lived by some basic principle. Firstly, hard-work, as often as I hear it, never kills. Secondly, whatever you want to do in life, do it to the best of your ability and lastly, never forget God. This should be a life guide for everyone. When things were tough, their family did not fall apart but rather lived life based on priority. Whatever they needed came first (food, shelter, education), every other thing would work out. To be honest, when I read that part, I could literally hear my father’s voice in my head.

    What caught my attention was Chika’s speech. When she started talking, for a moment, I thought things were going to go south but reading further I could see the depth of such a young mind. As the first born, she had carried the responsibility of leading her brother, making sure things were fine, not becoming a burden to the family and when it was time to talk about her father, she did not hesitate to state how proud and grateful she was. Her father practically gave her a deeper meaning of life and her perspective was changed. Imagine a 20-year old girl knowing what her standards were when it came to men. Also, the fact that she was worried about her brother going to school in the US, she dreaded how things would be like for him but when she remembered the family she came from, her heart was at rest. If she could be grateful for anything in this life, it would be her father. As the saying goes, ‘Always remember the son of whom you are’. Their father taught them and equipped them for life that wherever they find themselves, these principles and values would never be forgotten. Mazi Ikenna truly deserves all the accolades for being the World’s Greatest Dad. We all need more Mazi Ikenna in this world.

    The writer could have told us the reaction of Chika’s parents. I can only imagine how emotional and proud the father would have been hearing his daughter say all those words. Also, he could have told us if the financial status of the family changed and if Kalu still went to study in the US. Furthermore, some words could have been simplified for younger readers to understand better.

    Truly an inspirational story that everyone should read. Kudos to the writer.

  • Marcus Philemon Omotayo Posted July 26, 2020 9:06 pm

    The story tells us how a family that was living well and had everything they wanted things just changed all of a sudden.

    What worked well in the story was that Chika was a good example to her younger brother in every way showing that she took the training of her father.

    What caught my attention the most was the way their father was able to cope with providing for everybody when things changed and how the children were getting better in their lives.

    What the writer should have done was to tell us how Chika’s speech ended and how the people felt, the writer should also have told us how their mother coped with the situation.

    I like the story because it teaches us to be hard working to be able to face any situation.

  • Virtue Posted July 26, 2020 7:23 pm

    The story is intriguing and interestingly it goes beyond the title “Chika’s Father”
    It encompasses Culture, Tradition, Hardwork, Results, Excellence.
    It is well known that in Africa especially, the community trains the child. This has also been seen in this story as Chika was trained not just by her father but also as a result of her environment as an environment affects a child either positively or negatively.
    The book is also about men in general whether as a father figure, a parent, or as a child. It is also about growth, behaviour, adaptation, change and transformation as we see in the life of all the family members. It also tells about the picking ourselves up after falling as Chika was born with a silver spoon, had lavish lifestyles of parties and had all that she could ask for but this was taken from her and her brother when her father lost his job. She had to realise and come to terms with Hardwork and becoming excellent in everything that she did.

    Mazi Ikenna has had to be a father, a parent, the head, a teacher to his children, to adapt in financial crises and also to love his family and teach them about God.
    His wife Lolo also adapted by assuming responsibility, she became a help meet toher husband and the family.
    Chika had to grow looking and learning from her parents especially her father. She has had to rise above her environments making changes and transformations that had given her excellent results.
    Kalu is also not exempted as he also had grown to be a responsible young man.

    1. What worked well in the story was Hardwork(Mazi made the family to realise that Hardwork will never run out of fashion), Excellence(He taught them to bring their best effort to work everytime), God(He taught them to embrace the divine element).

    2. What I liked the most as earlier said was that Chika’s father was in every way an example to her both as a parent, teacher, father, mentor, provider.
    I also liked the quote in the 3rd to the last paragraph “I have been so scared for my brother because of how men have been made so redundant and you hardly have men who are men now”. Time would fail me to explain about this simple statement but in the century that we live in, we find ourselves groping for men to step up and yet very few can prove to exceptional like Mazi Ikenna.

    3. What caught my attention the most is the title “Chika’s Father”. From my Perspective this story is not only about Chika or her Father or her family. It is about being born with a silver spoon and learning to grow with the different changes and disappointments that it brings. It is about Parenthood. It is about Family. It is about the role of a man in a family and in society at large.

    4. What I think the writer could have done differently:
    a. The story should have closed the gaps between timeliness in the story. It could have showed the 9years of progress in the family.
    b. Mazi’s perspective as to what and how the family survived financially were not included in the story.
    c. The writer failed to tell us how the boy Kalu transformed in the last 9years even though we are able to see a huge change had taken place.

  • Lilian Eseme Posted July 26, 2020 4:50 pm

    The story shows a real life experience that anybody can face.

    What worked well in the story was how Mazi Ikenna did his best to train his children to the best of his ability to be hard working and face any challenge in life.

    What I like the most in the story was that Mazi Ikenna was such a likeable person inspite of all he went through he was able to relate with everyone. inspite of their religion and tribe people always come to him for advice.

    What the writer should have done differently was to tell us what their mother’s reaction was due to the change in their situation and how Kalu changed his ways and how he ended up.

    The story shows us how sudden change in life situation can happen even when you think everything is going on well so you have to be prepared to face any situation and we should always bare in mind that life is not a bed of roses so we should not feel relaxed when everything is going on well. We should always be ready to face any situation that comes our way by learning to be hard working and make good use of any opportunity that comes our way.

  • Omotayo Joel-Levi Posted July 26, 2020 4:08 pm

    This story is a remarkable one that shows how life can just turn around and you just have to cope with whatever situation you find yourself.

    What worked well in the story was that Mazi Ikenna took up the challenge and changed the lifestyle of his family to adjust to the present situation of things by making sure that most essential things were attended to such as food,shelter and education.

    What caught my attention the most was that training and upbringing that chika and her brother were given.Such as to survive and live their lives successfully i.e hard work and the use of opportunities whenever they come across it and making them realise that life was not a bed of roses. The children turn out right even Kalu who seemed to be unserious turned a new leaf and Chika’s speech at her father’s birthday party showed a very matured personality.

    The writer should have told us more about Kalu’s going to the university and also about the reaction of the people after Chika’s speech at her father’s birthday party and how her parents felt and also their mother’s role.

    A very good story that tells us that things can change at anytime and not all those who hang around you when things are fine will always be there in time of needs.

  • Ogunyomi Joseph Posted July 26, 2020 2:45 pm

    It is a well written story, a story that caught my attention right from the beginning till the end, The tale did not only get the readers entertained but also teaches a lesson of life.

    What worked well in the story was the statement “life is not a bed of roses ” Mazi Ikenna a practical man to the core who played one of the major role of a parent by instilling Moral instructions in his children at the early stage. Mazi Ikenna did not get himself carried away with his early financial breakthrough, the couple had a well paying jobs, fine, but Mazi still had to prepare his family for bad days. The saying is true “no one knows what life has got to offer in future”. Both parents lost their Jobs along the line and the struggle began, nevertheless their hard works had always kept their feet firm on ground.

    I like the attitude portrayed by Chika. The love she had for her family was remarkable, that great public remark on Mazi’s birthday was a testament of her love for him. Chika’s life had always been a kind of life to emulate, she wanted the best for Kalu, in my opinion, Chika played a crucial role in developing Kalu’s mind, her influence coupled with Mazi’s impact stimulated him to get off that couch and pursue a career.

    what caught my attention the most was Mazi Ikenna’s generosity, he was a man for all, simply put, everyone loved to be with him and he was always ready to embrace them irrespective of their financial status, but the sad this was that the invites reduced to almost none during the hardship, no wonder the Yoruba adage says “olowo n’sore olowo, olosi n’sore olosi” which means “the rich people make friend with rich people and the poor people make friend with the poor”. A well written mini story, kudos to the writer.

  • Elizabeth Bankole Posted July 25, 2020 5:15 pm

    This story is a fine pointer to the fact that most people stick up with one when things are rosy but vanish when it goes all rocky, and it’s only the will to keep on surviving, to keep on living that counts, just as Chika and her family.

    Nice one.

  • John Boluwatife Posted July 25, 2020 5:06 pm

    I feel this is a story intending and upcoming parents should read. I really admire the strength and capability of Mazi Ikenna even when his family was falling apart and being dealt with life’s stings and also that of his wife that proved supportive.

    A worthy read, I must say.

  • Nwabugwu Gloriel Posted July 25, 2020 5:00 pm

    Very intriguing story, from start to finish, the story revolves around the saying “Life isn’t a bed of roses, but where there is a will there is a way”.

    Kudos to the writer.

  • Sophia Akpan Posted July 25, 2020 6:07 am

    ~ WHAT WORKED WELL IN THE STORY?

    Having read through the short story “ Chika’s Father” I say with no deliberations whatsoever that it has a great deal encapsulated in it and was no work done out of heraldry despite the fact it was short and brief, it did not lack its essence. The writer was particular and passionate about it. The things that made this story a success is the fact that the writer proved rational in his mentation. And also did the importance of imbibing good values and discipline shown in the story add to making it a Wow. Kudos to you, Sire! I’m very privileged to read it!

    ~ WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT?

    Hmmm… this is like asking me to make mention my favorite dishes. There really are a lot of things I find very interesting about the story that I would love to mention them all in their number if not for authenticity.
    I liked the way the writer made use of his English while writing, he carefully avoided the use of words that would make the story difficult to read and comprehend and make one commit the error of checking the dictionary for the meaning of words whilst they read
    I also liked the unique use of figures of speech and the way words in them rhymed alike, for example: “life has been a haze and a maze for Chika”

    ~ WHAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION?

    On seeing the title of the story and then beginning reading, I had no clue of what next was to happen, where the writer was heading to and what the message was he had to pass to the readers. This got me intrigued and glued to the story’s content until I was able reaching its end and finding things out.Neither did a line from the story spoil it’s fun nor did it lip out the writers secret before time.
    The story “Chika’s Father” has made me understand that we never should at every moments of our lives seek for things to be perfect or go well as we plan they’d be. Mazi and Lolo Ikenna without doubts never expected things turned from good to bad for them the moments it did. But thank you to their Stars that it did, for it would have been at the expense of their son’s life’s success, that their comforts and enjoyments would lie. It is seen in the speech made by Chika on her daddy’s 50th birthday that due to their previous successes, she wasn’t given the chance she needed to have her daddy to herself. But as things went haywire with them, the party and distractions from friends and well wishers reduced, letting her dad more chance to look into his family affairs and be a better father figure to she and her brother, Kalu.

    ~ WHAT DO YOU THINK THE WRITER, DID DIFFERENTLY?

    I think details about the places lived in and the time spent in these places were so much emphasized, that little or no chance was let for more narration of their ordeals the moments it lasted and how things later changed for better. So, I think this should be avoided. Asides that, the short story went perfectly well!!

    Thank you..

  • Aniesua Essiett(Jnr) Posted July 25, 2020 1:40 am

    What Worked well in the Short Story that is was an Epic Story,Especially when the father inculcated the Core Survival Skill in them even after he lost his job
    What I liked the Most was When Chika’s Brother changed to a fine Gentleman even Chika due to what the have learnt from their father, before Kalu used to forget things but now he has changed and his Sister Chika was so worried about him when she arrived America to study and saw the dearth of culture and how men have lost it in life
    What Caught my attention the most was when Chika said life is so fictitious because of the outward of the society and also got the opportunity to learn new words to build up my vocabulary
    I think the writer could have done it different,because the story did not really buttress more of their family background and their friends

  • Dahunsi Samuel Posted July 25, 2020 12:41 am

    This story revolves around a family of four which had holden up through the wavering conditions of life; simply portrayed with tons of lessons embedded. With a dutiful father, a supportive mother, a primogenial daughter with a sense of responsibility and a transforming son, they were able to weather through the highs and lows. Chika recognized the significant role her dad, Mazi Ikenna, had played in driving the family forward all through the years, despite the hardships, on the eve of his golden jubilee.

    Life had been rosy at first, until jobs began to be stolen away. Mazi Ikenna must have been an Igbo man, who married Lola wherever and gave birth to his children in England. Luck seemed to shine brighter as they were privileged to relocate to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Emirates. They had rented out their house and sold off stuffs in the UK without considering the long term possibility of the downturns this crazy life sometimes has to offer.

    Mazi Ikenna was a real man, husband and father. Through hard work, he was able to sail his family through to better shores. He remained virtuous and sustained his character even when he could have easily vented out his frustration in form of aggression to his wife over financial hiccups. Ikenna was an optimistic man who was able to draw out lessons from negative situations, teach his kids practical survival skills and instilled core values into them. What a father! Kalu’s reformer. Chika’s hero.

    How about Lola, the wife? She demonstrated an outstanding quality of being a system of support to her husband. She meticulously managed the needless expenses of the home. A true wife indeed. Oh, for parents like these ones! Role models indeed. To a great extent, parents greatly affect the life and opinions of their children. Chika would probably have formed a bad opinion and hatred for men, if her dad had been otherwise.

    Isn’t it amazing how humans, even religious, can be so inhumane and inconsiderate. They seem to only know how to rejoice with those that rejoice only, but not the other way round. They desert you when you have nothing and then return when you have plenty. Chameleons! Counterfeits! Hypocritical! Nice facades with lousy interiors. If only we’d look deep inside us, aren’t we sometimes guilty of this?

    I feel the writer could have told us how Mazi Ikenna was able to bounce back strong, financially. Of course, he now was able to send his children to the US for their university education.

    What a story!

  • Rebecca Posted July 24, 2020 7:31 pm

    Well, as the name suggests, every article, each story I read in your blog, enriches the mind and leaves the reader with a thought. Something to contemplate, something to learn from.. In the above read, it brought back memories of my father, who instilled many values in us. A father figure, others would look upon but the one who taught me to be strong in the face of any adversity.
    Mazi Ikenna was one such father, who presented himself as an example. His children didn’t just listen to him, they looked upto him and tried to follow in his footsteps.
    A motivating and interesting post!!

  • Okon Isaiah Posted July 24, 2020 6:37 pm

    This is a very superb and wonderful story..

  • Paul Elakhe Posted July 24, 2020 9:18 am

    “Chika’s Father” is an intriguing story about fatherhood. It is a story that portrays fatherhood as a lifetime responsibility with sweetness and challenges. Mazi Ikenna didn’t just tell his children how to live, he lived and let them watch him do it. He was the standard against which Chika, his daughter judged all men, for her; a fleeting memory of her dad was enough to light up her day. He was an anchor and a guiding light to his family. He extended the positive characteristics of a Father to his neighborhood. He taught his children not to be low when things go wrong and get too high when things are good. He was a truly rich man because the society still ran to him even when his hands were empty. He trained his children to think right, helped them achieve dizzying height and steered their lives like a leading light. He was a sturdy hand to hold onto in times of distress. Through all the worries and the stress, through the hassles, and the loss of his job, his family still stayed afloat. Wow!!! The story was electrifying and exciting, the writer expressed his thoughts clearly and effectively.

    The impression made by a father’s voice can set in motion an entire trend of life. I loved the fact that it was the intrinsic quality of the relationship Mazi Ikenna had with his children that influenced their positive outcomes. The story showed that extrinsic factors like expensive dinners and gifts, cannot alleviate the negative effects of bad parenting.

    My attention is drawn to Mazi Ikenna’s wife. She also deserves some credit. Some couples who have experienced the loss of livelihood like Mazi’s family might fight over spending habits instead of searching for solutions to their money-related issues. Sometimes disagreements over money become so severe that might lead to divorce. Children get caught in the middle of the arguments, and feel disappointed when money problems prevent them from having certain things. But Mazi’s wife was submissive even when the penny came through her. She stood by her husband through thick and thin. Chika’s conduct is also commendable because, many times financial adversity can cause behavioral problems in children, as a young girl; she had a sense of responsibility, she provided leadership for her younger brother Kalu and they both came out a dazzling success.

    For Mazi Ikenna, fatherhood was more than a biological role, in common English parlance, it is said that “noble fathers have noble children”. Mazi Ikenna was a noble man. He was a valuable asset in the society. His 50th birthday was worth celebrating. It was a fascinating story.

  • Paul Elakhe Posted July 23, 2020 11:12 pm

    “Chika’s Father” is an intriguing story about fatherhood. It is a story that portrays fatherhood as a lifetime responsibility with sweetness and challenges. Mazi Ikenna didn’t just tell his children how to live, he lived and let them watch him do it. He was the standard against which Chika, his daughter judged all men, for her; a fleeting memory of her dad was enough to light up her day. He was an anchor and a guiding light to his family. He extended the positive characteristics of a Father to his neighborhood. He taught his children not to be low when things go wrong and get too high when things are good. He was a truly rich man because the society still ran to him even when his hands were empty. He trained his children to think right, helped them achieve dizzying height and steered their lives like a leading light. He was a sturdy hand to hold onto in times of distress. Through all the worries and the stress, through the hassles, and the loss of his job, his family still stayed afloat. Wow!!! The story was electrifying and exciting, the writer expressed his thoughts clearly and effectively.
    The impression made by a father’s voice can set in motion an entire trend of life. I loved the fact that it was the intrinsic quality of the relationship Mazi Ikenna had with his children that influenced their positive outcomes. The story showed that extrinsic factors like expensive dinners and gifts, cannot alleviate the negative effects of bad parenting.
    My attention is drawn to Mazi Ikenna’s wife. She also deserves some credit. Some couples who have experienced the loss of livelihood like Mazi’s family might fight over spending habits instead of searching for solutions to their money-related issues. Sometimes disagreements over money become so severe that might lead to divorce. Children get caught in the middle of the arguments, and feel disappointed when money problems prevent them from having certain things. But Mazi’s wife was submissive even when the penny came through her. She stood by her husband through thick and thin. Chika’s conduct is also commendable because, many times financial adversity can cause behavioral problems in children, as a young girl; she had a sense of responsibility, she provided leadership for her younger brother Kalu and they both came out a dazzling success.
    For Mazi Ikenna, fatherhood was more than a biological role, in common English parlance, it is said that “noble fathers have noble children”. Mazi Ikenna was a noble man. He was a valuable asset in the society. His 50th birthday was worth celebrating. It was a fascinating story.

  • Joie THOMPSON Posted July 23, 2020 6:57 pm

    Honestly, I used to think I’m a hard person to please when it comes to reading story-like blog posts. But this post kept me captivated from start to finish.
    I literally went back and forth reading particular areas just because I wanted to visualize the different scenes in the story.

    But I did learn a couple of lessons from Mazi.
    How to instill the right disciplines in your kid so that you can turn the other way and be rest assured that they will make you proud.

    The three important things I learnt and trust me, I’ll do my best to use some of these principles to train my kids and others around me because it impacted me a lot.
    Same truth is, kids copy you more than they listen to you same as the quote – “actions speak louder than words”.
    Mazi subconsciously made sure that his actions influenced his kids more than he had to say it.

    So The three things that really caught my attention

    First: Hard work will never go out of fashion. So to get the income you are looking for you’ve got to work hard for it.

    Secondly: If given any opportunity to put your hands and brain to work, do it to the best of your ability infact exceed expectation. That way you get peoples attention.
    Third: Always know that God is interested in what we do and will always direct and give us the required guidance to succeed.

    Thank you for this post. It’s very motivating.

  • Vee Posted July 23, 2020 5:44 pm

    Chika father is a very good example of a good parenting,he trained his children well not just living with them,even with the life circumstances he showed himself as a good father ,training his children and providing solutions to others.
    i feel the writer should have spoken about the mother’s part also.

  • Bamidele Mary Posted July 22, 2020 4:32 pm

    I think Mazi Ikenna is the male version of the Proverbs 31 woman; the writer portrayed his character as the picture of the ideal parent, an example worthy of emulation.

    Despite the bumpy ride Ikenna and his family had, what with losing their source of livelihood and everything in between, Ikenna did not allow his predicament distract him from his responsibility of instilling core values in his children, values and skills that are crucial in grooming and molding them into responsible adults

    Mazi Ikenna modelled traits he wanted in his children, Chika and Kalu, he was a realist; practical to the core, he was not a preacher of “do what I say, don’t do what I do”, inside and outside he modelled exemplary behavior which his children saw for themselves; as a wise man he must have understood that children are copy-cats who absorb the energy around them easily, it is not really about what they are being told but the patterns they observe!

    Because he constantly instilled values and morals in his children, helping them set their priorities right, Chika and Kalu did not take to grumbling when things went downhill instead Chika took up the responsibility of watching out for her little brother, and showcased the spirit of excellence on all levels; this is no surprise! Good parenting!

    I like how the writer showed how fickle-minded man is, one minute Mazi is subtly let out of social gatherings due to his financial situation, and then he came out strong, hit big 50 and people are back to party with him!
    Shows how less people care about anyone’s misfortune, all they care about is their own belly.

    On the part of the children? The good ethics their father had instilled in them paid off! And Mazi Ikenna obviously is the Father of the year! Chika’s hero.

    This story is choke-full of lessons for intending parents and young adults, when we live an exemplary life and model good behaviour, we help our little ones set the bar in terms of standards and values they should have and expect from the people in their life.
    Chika was able to regard her dad as her hero, only because her dad lived what he preached, at the end of the day Mazi Ikenna did not just train up his children in the way they should go, he also helped Chika have a clear-set of standards and a prerequisite for measuring men that are men, which would help her know the right man for her and the ideal father for her children in future.

  • Utibe Akpan Posted July 22, 2020 9:42 am

    i see the virtues of contentment and discipline in the part of the father and coming down to the family.
    Also, the environment did not affect the thought pattern of the father to instill the values he needed to pass to his family.

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