Mariam: Model of the day

Mariam: Model of the day


I want to say as Africans we are averse to expressing emotion but then I won’t because I’m African and i’m not averse to expressing deep set emotion(To my family)

But I am fairly certain that at least 95% of our African dads respond with one of these to a vocal expression expression of “I LOVE YOU”

1) Non-committal Nod

2) Unidentifiable noise like (mmhmm)

3) Very awkward thank you

And for my personal favorite

4) The blank look which is followed by the raising of a newspaper to cover the face.

Being the overly emotional/expressive child that I am, I’ve received my share of unemotional responses to my blatant display of affection.

However I seem to remember 1 particular day, Easter day to be exact. I had just come home from CEM ( Children Evangelism Ministry) camp and I was serving food to my daddykins, then I asked if he missed me while I was away for the weekend, he didn’t answer but I wasn’t deterred. I asked again slightly rewording my sentence, still no response just the flick of the news paper changing pages.

That meant switching to another tactic for me, sitting beside him till he got too disturbed by my looming presence. Just about 20 seconds into staring at him for my answer he turned to me (probably wondering where I got all my energy), dropped the news paper and said “24/7-365”

My thirteen (I think) year old brain didn’t understand what that meant, so I walked away thinking he was trying to trick me into solving a word problem ( which I absolutely hated!!)

The matter was of course reported to my awesome mother in defiance but she just smiled at me, knowing I had just literally hit a jackpot!

And today, thinking about how I won’t be chilling with my immediate family this Easter, I cant help but smile at how that memory warms me up.





  1. Priscilla · April 2, 2015


  2. Kikelomo Togun · April 2, 2015


  3. Seyi · April 2, 2015

    Awww, Daddy’s girl.👧

    Please elongate this story, you just wet my appetite and left me hungry fah. 😐

    Now singing….Cee Eeee eMMM, is for you and me🎶

  4. Dapo · April 2, 2015

    Very “aaaaawn” story

  5. Obinna · April 2, 2015

    This is the best piece yet..lol I doubt my dad would have said anything….

  6. c3mcar · April 2, 2015

    Awwwnn…my dad would have just asked ‘what do you want?’ to avoid answering me…lol

  7. c3mcar · April 2, 2015

    Awwwnn…my dad would have just asked ‘what do you want?’ to avoid answering me…lol. now i miss him😟

  8. mariam · April 2, 2015

    Awww so sweet….my dad will probably say “daddy loves mariam too” lol, or yea also ask me what I want to avoid it.

  9. Arinola · April 3, 2015

    This is really the best piece yet….As learnt from Buhari persistence pays!!!!

  10. Simy · April 4, 2015

    Awwwwwh! I know exactly what your talkin abt to all our awesome Dadz that raised awesome daughters #cheerz!

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