Sons: Sanare Kwikiriza (4 years) and Kasheija Kwikiriza (2 years)
I was actually hoping for a son as the first born and I really didn’t care what the second born would be.
I was in the delivery room with my wife for the first born and was there throughout the entire labour period and it’s a very humbling experience.
When my second born came I was in Uganda and failed to get a flight on time.
Being a father changed my perception in life completely and I now know that I have a bigger purpose than being the best man I can be.
I now want to raise those men to be the best they can be and it’s all on me. What I do in public is in the public and my home life is my home life although I try to set a good example.
I never spend Father’s Day in any special way because I never know it’s here until it’s here. My sons like football and all basic boys’ games. They also love to swim and when the weather agrees, we get to hit the pool.
Daughter: Ailah (Months)
Three years before my daughter’s birth, I had lost my first child before he had even had the chance to live.
Therefore, to even say that witnessing Ailah’s birth was the happiest feeling I have ever experienced doesn’t quite do it justice.
To be responsible for bringing forth something so tender and indescribably lovely is a great honour to say the least.
The thought of being a father was as rewarding for me as it was scary.
It has instilled an unprecedented sense of responsibility in me and evolved me from a selfish individual to a selfless caretaker.
Everything I do revolves around providing for her. From diapers, education and other things that mirror the type of dad I want to be to my little girl.
Ailah’s entry into my life has completely changed how I conduct myself.
I want her to get the sense that her daddy was a conscious and responsible career musician when she grows up and this will be reflected in the music I’m about to put out.
Daughter: Tracy (3 years)
I was at the waiting area in Pumwani Maternity Hospital the day Tracy was born.
I wanted so badly to be in the theatre with my daughter’s mother during the delivery but the attendants denied me entry.
I later learnt that it was only in private hospitals that fathers were allowed to witness the birth of their babies first hand.
I was nervous. Tracy is my first and only child and I was naturally anxious to have her.
It also happened that her birth came slightly before her due date and I wasn’t sure what this would mean for her well being.
They had to put her in an incubator for a brief while and I kept hoping all would go well, which thankfully did.
At the time of Tracy’s birth I was working as a mechanic in downtown Nairobi.
I wasn’t well prepared for the financial demands that came with having a baby and I got into quite a bit of debt trying to ensure she had all she needed as an infant.
In addition, I had to take some time off work to monitor her growth and development.
When she was a year old, Tracy’s mother and I parted ways and I have been single handedly taking care of her since.
Nothing compares to the sweet feeling I get when she asks me what I have brought for her after a day’s hustle.
This Father’s Day will be dedicated to her alone. I’ll take her on a treat and make her feel special because she’s the most precious thing I have.
I also intend to introduce a collection of dolls and toys that will bear her name under my fashion line.
Daughter: Shana (6 years)
When I saw my daughter clutching at the oxygen pipe that fed the mask on her face on the day she was born, I knew this one was a fighter.
As I watched the miracle of life unfold that day at the Nairobi Hospital delivery room, it dawned on me that there was no option of changing my mind on this. I had entered a lifetime contract and the feeling was like nothing imaginable.
Six years down the line, I relish the indicators of her transformation from a baby to a person.
Her psyche and confidence is manifested with every feat she achieves including her first bike ride, computer lesson, each time she sings and dances and just recently her second Taekwondo belt.
I’m glad to be able to provide all these things for her, which I never had the chance to experience in my childhood.
Being a father has made me think about my public image. This is why I left my proteges DNG and Shaffie Weru to MC the highly energised events as I focus on the more laid back corporate engagements.
I’m thinking more about buying homes and investments and as a result, even the company I keep has significantly changed. I also hang out in less visible joints.
I try to make every other day special for our family and we’ve just come back from a vacation abroad together.
This Father’s Day, I’m just going to remind Shana how much I love her and make her feel that it’s something she can almost take for granted as she grows up.
Daughter: Zoriah (2 years)
I was in Nakuru for a show when my wife had her first labour pains. When I was informed of this, I dropped everything and sped back to Mombasa just in time for her delivery.
I recall singing to my wife whenever the labour pangs overwhelmed her and somehow it helped ease her pain.
I was the first to take a photo of Zoriah on my cell phone after she was born.
My mother always says my daughter is an exact replica of me as a toddler. Many times I have found myself rushing home just to go watch her in her element.
I see a lot of myself in her and I intend to nurture her exhibited musical inclination so she becomes a world class artiste.
As a child, my dad once took me on a train ride to Nairobi and it remains one of the most cherished memories I have of my childhood.
I want to relive that experience with my daughter this Father’s Day.
Daughter: Tawala (1 year)
As soon as my wife realised she was expectant, I knew it was going to be a girl.
I was in the delivery room when she was being born and when the doctor announced that it was indeed a girl, I felt that the Lord had answered my prayer.
Before I had Tawala, I was erratic and spontaneous but she put me on track.
I don’t care what the people around me think because all that matters is that I strive to provide the best for my daughter and family. I may not be the perfect dad, but I will see to it that I am the best dad she can have.
My business acumen has gone up since my girl came into my life. She has made me responsible and a hard worker.
My only wish for my angel is for her to have a bright future and I intend to do everything in my means to ensure she gets that.
My new song “Dreamer (Tawala)” which debuts tomorrow (Monday) sums it up.
Son: Jadem, Age: 5 Weeks
Being a father goes far beyond Father’s day. It’s a lovely feeling that only someone who has experienced it can relate to.
Since this is my first child, I will be making my Father’s Day debut today and my plan is to mark the day quietly with my family.
I missed my baby’s birth because I was on tour in the States when he arrived and I feel like I really missed a significant part of his existence.
Initially I had planned to be present during the delivery but he was in too much of a hurry and came slightly earlier than expected.
Of course I came back home immediately I heard the news. It was a special feeling.
I can’t deny that being a celebrity is quite demanding with me having to be under public scrutiny half the time.
But I like to keep my family life as private as can be and so I always try to work my career around my family role.
Son: Tyrone (6 years)
My son’s birth gave me a fulfilment that can never be equated to any monetary gain.
It’s a God-given feeling that planted in me a new understanding of achievement.
The anxiety of how he would appear when he was born, the uncertainty of what type of life he would lead and the fear of the expectation that came with my new role as a father, were some of the mysteries that puzzled me.
Not long ago, Tyrone was admitted to hospital for five days. It’s easy to take it for granted when you are not a parent but something like this just throws you off.
The helplessness made me weak and I kept wishing I were a doctor.
I understood then why kidnappers take children and ask for a ransom. I had never before imagined that someone else controlled a part of me that much.
My father wasn’t around much when I was growing up, mostly because he was trying to provide the best life for us.
I, on the other hand, don’t plan on missing a single part of my son’s growth. I want to be his friend and help him appreciate his role as a man.
Our plan is to spend Father’s Day in a natural environment out of town, which is his favourite activity.
Daughter: Tomiso (5 years)
During Tomiso’s birth, my wife kept clawing at me and pulling my hair in the delivery room as though I was being punished for some sort of crime.
Luckily I had done Lama’s classes and so I knew how to handle the situation. I advise all aspiring father’s to take the hint.
During the first days of my baby’s life, I was away on tour a lot and I feel like I lost a lot of time because of that.
I will never allow it to happen again. I try to make up for it by being there through every major step in her life.
When she was learning to walk, I filmed her baby steps which ended up in Wahu’s video for “Sweet Love”.
I get excited watching her personality form like when she first wore her uniform to school.
Because of the love I have for her, I feel I need to be a role model so that if she should end up venturing in the world of showbiz, she will find traces of my influence to emulate.
Being a celebrity is only a small part of my role in life. What ties my mind, body and soul to it all, is the desire to be a good father to my baby. You can never run away from that.
And considering that as human beings we have an innate need to reproduce, Tomiso might soon be getting a brother to keep her company. Or a sister. Or both.
Daughters: Shirleen Amisi (9 years), Esther Akinyi Amisi (8 years)
When we had our first child, my wife and I were fresh out of college and without employment.
It was scary at first because we had no idea how we were going to feed or take care of her.
It was in the midst of all this that I realised it was indeed God that provided for children.
Shortly after, I got a job and a few months later, my wife also got employed. We settled down and our daughter Esther was born two years later.
We couldn’t have picked any better time to have our children. I’m glad it happened then.
As a dad, I can attest that there is truly no manual for parenting. I was raised in a proper family and I can only hope to raise my children better than I was.
This is why I always try to shield my family from all the limelight surrounding my social status.
They don’t like it as well. I try to make them see me as a father and not as a celebrity.
This year, I want to surprise them with an impromptu outing for Father’s Day.