Celebrity dads who are serving father goals this fathers day

Single dads and widowers bringing up their children single-handedly rarely get recognition as the world marks fathers day.

Here are men who we consider super dads because they are servingssome serious father goals.

1. Tedd Josiah

With a daughter looking up to him for love and guidance, Tedd has had to take up the role of being a dad and a mum to his beautiful daughter Jay.

Tedd Josiah who is a music producer is a true definition of a real gentleman. He has proved that when men put their mind into something they can actually do it.

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Tedd Josiah with his daughter Jay
Tedd Josiah with his daughter Jay

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2. Robert Burale

The stylish pastor Robert Burale is a single dad and he is not ashamed of that fact. He has his daughter to share all the love and affection.

Burale, who got divorced from his wife six years ago, is a role model as to what fathers should be in an age where deadbeat dads are the order of the day.

Even though Burale did not lose his wife, he is still doing a good job and it is worth commending.

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3. George Ikua

When the late Janet Kanini Ikua lost her life after a brave battle with cancer, the world came tumbling down for her hubby George Ikua and since then he has had to adjust by bringing up his kids on his own.

He is a brave man who is still mourning his departed wife but still taking care of his kids as a single man only with the help of relatives and close friends.

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The late Janet and husband George Ikua during a photoshoot

4. Dan Sonko

Dan lost his wife to complications after delivery, leaving behind a son who never got to know his mum. Dan Sonko, who is based in Mombasa, has taken charge of bringing up his two sons and he is doing so well.

His young son is now all grown up and their late mum Dru Sonko would be so proud to see how much of a good job her husband has done.

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5. Abel Amunga

Abel, who is an actor and  father to  gospel artiste Ruth Matete, has managed to bring up her daughter single handedly for years after the death of his wife.

The father of one has on several occasions  stated that his daughter’s well being is what matters to him first and even when he is choosing roles to play, he has to ask for her opinion.

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He is among fathers who do a good job and rarely get recognized by the society which is full of praise for single mothers.

6. Nameless

Nameless is a role model to many for his commitment when it comes to family.

He is a father of two, namely Nyakio and Tumiso.

Nameless and his daughters Tumiso and Nyakio
Nameless and his daughters Tumiso and Nyakio

7. Allan Wanga

The celebrated Kenyan footballer who is married to Brenda Mulinya, a TV reporter, is a dotting father.

The sports man adores his two kids going by his photos on social media.

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Allan Wanga with his son and daughter

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Photos that prove Janet Ikua loved life as we mark her 2nd anniversary

Today is Janet Ikua’s 2nd  anniversary since she passed away after battling cancer. She was 38 at the time of her death leaving 2 kids behind.

Janet who was married to George Ikua  was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015 and went to India for treatment where she stayed for several months before coming back to Kenya.

She passed away on 1st April 2017.

Speaking about his late wife during a past interview said that he has had to make adjustments.

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I guess we are a happy family but being a single dad and father to a daughter has created major adjustments.

Starting most mornings with them, dropping them off and running my biashara until 3pm when I pick them be-fore starting my life at 8pm when they sleep.

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Say Cheese!George Ikua's kids during a photoshoot with Parents magazine
Say Cheese!George Ikua’s kids during a photoshoot with Parents magazine

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Kenyan celebrities dads bringing up children single handedly after losing their spouses

Single dads and widowers bringing up their children single handedly rarely get recognition.

These men have been thrown into the single father and widow department not by choice but by circumstances but instead of them crying wolf about it they are using the lemons life threw at them to make lemonade.

1. Tedd Josiah

When Reginah Katar breathed her last music producer Tedd Josiah had not imagined what life would be without her. With a daughter looking up to him for love and guidance, Tedd has had to take up the role of being a dad and a mum to his beautiful daughter Jay.

Tedd Josiah who is a music producer  is a true definition of a real gentleman. He has proved that when men put their mind into something they can actually do it.

Tedd Josiah with his daughter Jay
Tedd Josiah with his daughter Jay

2. Robert Burale

The stylish pastor Robert Burale is a single dad and he is not ashamed of that fact. He has his daughter to share all the love and affection.

Burale, who got divorced from his wife 6 years ago, is a role model as to what fathers should be in an age where dead beat dads are the order of the day.

Even though Burale did not lose his wife, he is still doing a good job and it is worth commending.

Robert Burale

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3. George Ikua

When the late Janet Kanini Ikua lost her life after a brave battle with cancer, the world came tumbling down for her hubby George Ikua and since then he has hard to adjust by bringing up his kids on his own.

He is a brave man who is still mourning his departed wife but still taking care of his kids as a single man only with the help of relatives and close friends.

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The late Janet and husband George Ikua during a photo shoot

4. Dan Sonko

Dan lost his wife after she developed complications after delivery, leaving behind a son who never got to know his mum. Dan Sonko, who is based in Mombasa, has taken charge of bringing up his two sons and he is doing so well.

His young son is now all grown up and their late mum Dru Sonko would be so proud to see how much of a good job her husband has done.

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5. Abel Amunga

Abel, who is an actor and  father to  gospel artiste Ruth Matete, has managed to bring up her daughter single handedly for years after the death of his wife.

The father of one has on several occasions  stated that his daughter’s well being is what matters to him first and even when he is choosing roles to play, he has to ask for her opinion.

He is among fathers who do a good job and rarely get recognized by the society which is full of praise for single mothers.

 

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Celebrities open up on how they coped with the death of their kids and spouses

Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. It is a wound that never heals and a void that can never be filled no matter how much time passes.

Losing a child or a parent is even worse given that children and parents create a connection immediately after conception thus severing those ties is almost impossible.

Norman Cousin once said ” Death is not the greatest losing life, the greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”

I miss Regina everyday she was my anchor mourns producer – Tedd Josiah

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On April 2014, the gospel fraternity lost a talented artiste Peter Kabere after he was electrocuted while washing his car.

At the time of his death, Kaberere’s wife Njeri was expectant with their second child and the shock of of his death is something she will never be able to put in words.

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The late Peter Kaberere with his wife Njeri

Unlike many people who let depression get the best of them, Njeri has come up with creative ways to fight her grief.

Speaking to The Nairobian she said

 “I have found ways of coping with grief that are positive.  I let my body go through such emotions as crying and feeling sad. I talk about what I feel and express myself. I try not to numb my pain but release it eventually.

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I have found that reading does help one to cope with grief. I read books that help me. I love reading books about heaven and I find courage in the knowledge that my husband is with God. I also rest well and do the things I love.”

Given that her kids are also in mourning, she includes them in the healing process.

“I do a lot of writing and journaling, which helps, besides celebrating what her husband was when alive. She talks it out with her kids as they jam to his songs,once in a while, we visit the grave and pray together,”

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TV presenter Isabella Kiturui lost her spouse after battling colon cancer when she was only 25-years-old with a three-month-old baby boy.

She says

“I mourned for eight years between 2005 and 2013. It was a shock, like a never-ending nightmare. I had been married for just one year,” 

The TV girl revealed how her pastor, counseled her asking her to move on and she did so though it took a while.

From that day, Isabella Kituri decided to try and forget what had happened and she said:

“I decided to remove my wedding band seven years later after a talk with my pastor who encouraged me to move on.”

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Isabella with her son

Adding that:

“I had a meeting with myself. I had to stop behaving as if the world owed me for the loss and pain I suffered. I began to train myself to see the world as a stage of opportunities. I stopped feeling that people around me should give me their shoulder.”

Instead, I started sharing my experience, empowering others in similar situations. I became more useful to the universe,” she says. “I called myself ‘Blessed Bella’ as a mantra to remind me I can be happy again.”

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“Be gentle with yourself, be happy with your space and seek peace from within yourself, never from others.”

George Ikua lost his wife Jane Kanini in April 2017, after she lost her battle with lung cancer leaving behind two kids.

Speaking  to the Nairobian about her death, George said

“Everything became surreal, it’s like she is still there, but she is gone.”

Ikua admits small blessing have helped him. He is tighter with the kids: “I guess we are a happy family,” but being a single dad and father to a daughter has created major adjustments, starting most mornings with them, dropping them off and running my biashara until 3pm when I pick them be-fore starting my life at 8pm when they sleep.”

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George with his late wife Janet Kanini

George received a lot of help from his family in taking of the kids even as he made adjustments in both his social and financial life

 “My sister-in-law, sister and their godmother have been nothing short of angels for my little girl. But I realize I am the primary source of love and can’t delegate that. So, I can say I am a proud mummy and do most of the things with her, you should see me in the salon!”

Ikua admits that grieving never stops as “when you lose a loved one, it never goes away. The pain just dulls with some very dark days reappearing”

As a way of mourning and keeping Janet’s memories alive, George kept some of her stuff, his plan was to also share some of it with Janet’s siblings

He said
“I am still getting round to it, but I have picked a few pieces to pass to Jasmine because of their sentimental value and for the memories. The rest I will donate to her sisters and charity. Funny how when someone dies you realize it’s just stuff.” Ikua lost his wedding band before Janet died “and we never got round to replacing it.”

Music Producer Tedd Josiah had all his life planned out with his beautiful wife Regina Katar but fate had other plans for the couple.

Regina lost her life after suffering from a rare disease Thrombocytopenia that saw her blood platelet count fall below normal after childbirth.

Tedd Josiah with his daughter Jay
Tedd Josiah with his daughter Jay

According to Tedd Josiah Regina’s platelets were so diluted, leading to a significantly reduced count. Sadly, all through she had an internal bleeding, which had not been detected, nor stopped, because of her low platelet count.

Speaking on her death he said

“Imagine calling someone your everything – home, safe place, your all – and watching them slowly fade away on their deathbed in less than an hour. I was left on a free fall and lost. In many ways, Regina was my anchor.

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Tedd Josiah with his beautiful daughter Jay

I have to make a lot of adjustments; I am more hands-on with my baby. I have to wash her, clean, cook, feed and be always there for her,” explains Josiah. “I am lucky my office is in my home so I can spend all the time I need with her,”

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Though it is hard for him to raise his daughter alone, he is thankful that the in-laws have been supportive.

He hasn’t forgotten his wife as he is still grieving and misses the good times he shared with Regina. The scar of that loss is quite obvious, proof that there is such a thing as true love.

“Losing someone you love isn’t easy, especially if it was real love. They say that love never dies, so imagine the confusion in my mind on some days. The loss in my mind. The heaviness in my heart just thinking about the fun times and wishing she’d pop out from behind the door and scream ‘boo!’ and scare me. That’s what we used to do to each other… and listening to a beautiful song and wishing I could share that with her. But she’s not here.”

Tedd Josiah with his late wife Reginah Katar
Tedd Josiah with his late wife Reginah Katar

Ted says that to keep his wife’s memories alive he chose to keep all her stuff so that he can pass them over to their daughter Jay.

“I kept it all. Some precious stuff will stay with me until my daughter is old enough to inherit it all…to let my little Jay know that her mom was loved, her memory was kept safe, but so were her valuable things.”

Uganda’s female artiste Julianna Kanyomozi, lost her son Keron who had been admitted at Agha Khan hospital in Nairobi after a severe Asthmatic attack.

During an interview with The Nairobian, Juliana opened up on how she was dealing with her sons death  confessing that she had at one point been angry with God, but she was taking baby steps to heal.

“I’ve been through a lot. I’ve always been extremely strong. But this was beyond it. There are things that happen to you and you cannot find the perfect vocabulary to explain them. It’s that pain that leaves you helpless and no one else but God can help!” Juliana opened up a while back.”

Juliana with her son Keron

She goes on to add

“I was very angry with God. He had just taken away the most important thing I had in life. Then again, there’s always a reason for everything single thing. He does,” she said adding that she was not really in touch with the world at that moment.”

Juliana went on to open up on how she deals with her grief given that their is no standard way of mourning when a calamity such as death strikes.

She says

“I have my bad days where I sit with a box of tissue and let the tears flow. I don’t know how long it will take me to move on. It is something that will always be a part of me. I’m only being a strong woman.

“It is all part of the healing process. I’m taking baby steps. I’m not yet there emotionally. When you’ve gone through something like this, you have to find the strength first.”

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‘I never thought I would be called a mum’ the late Janet Kanini’s husband opens up as he celebrates parenthood

His wife was a darling to many for her energy on the screen

Janet lost her life in April 2017 after battling Lung cancer for sometime. She had initially been diagnosed with cancer in 2015.

She left behind two kids and her husband George Ikua is doing a good job to keep the family together even though it has not been easy.

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In a recent interview with Sauti ya Mama, George talked about how they met and dated for six years before deciding to walk down the aisle. He said;

“If you knew Janet, she was a headstrong human being. And we had a very strong relationship. My son is extremely smart and bright as his mother. He’s a very kind soul. while Jasmine is like me, very noisy and loud. Very protective of her brother.”On 1st April, when Janet died, the media had already shared the story and I dragged my kids upstairs and told them mommy had gone to heaven. Jasmine asked, ‘when is she coming back? And Pedro just said ‘so she’s dead!’. He was very old about it.”

George with the love of his life Janet
George with the love of his life Janet

Being a single father and a widower at the same time has not been easy but George is slowly picking up the pieces and keeping strong for his babies.

“I never thought I would be called a mama. Sauti ya mama thank you for reminding me raising kids is a privilege as a custodian of their values and norms, presence not presents are the essence.

Root for your little ones to be articulate, confident, exposed and empowered to be anything they want to be, for those are the markings for a life truly lived. 
Set they attitude and they will fly at any altitude they dream of, not matter the setbacks.

Today I salute all of us making an indelible mark on their kids’ attitude to their future. Happy Parenting.”

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She’s Still Winning: Janet Kanini Ikua Wins This Prestigious Award

The late Janet Kanini  won the Tom Arocho Award for Commitment to Excellence in Coverage of Lung Health Issues at the 4th International Scientific Lung Health Conference.

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The international Scientific Lung Health Conference is held to draw attention to established and emerging lung health issues. This conference brings together medical practitioners, public health specialists, scientists, scholars, community activists, other health professionals and all stakeholders with a common agenda of promoting lung health.

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Janet who  succumbed to lung cancer  early this year was a TV presenter with a local TV Station before illness took a toll on her. During her battle with Cancer, Janet started advocating for better cancer care and even opened a cancer Foundation.

This is what the late Janet Kanini’s husband is doing to keep her memory alive

Kanini For Africa foundation mainly focuses on disseminating information to the people on cancer, its treatment and effects of such treatments and how to tackle them. Janet’s husband George Ikua received the award on her behalf.

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He took to his social media to announce the news of his wifes win to is followers saying, Today I was honored to receive on behalf of Janet the Tom Arocho Award for Commitment to Excellence in Coverage of Lung Health Issues at the 4th International Scientific Lung Health Conference. There are 250 types of Cancer and if you were to listen to our leaders narrative you would think there is only Prostrate and Breast…if you were to test for lung or pancreas cancer where would you go or start?Sadly they would only find it at Stage IV Where have a serious Diagnosis issue in our country and this conversation must begin …lest you find out too late.”

This is not the first time that Mr Ikua has lost a close person to Cancer as he had lost his father-in-law in 2008 two weeks into his marriage. He also lost his wife in April this year.

Janet Kanini buried in Nyeri family home

Former NTV anchor Janet Kanini was buried in her family home at Narumoru, Nyeri county on Saturday. The star’s william mwangi reports

Kanini, who passed away on April 1 after a long battle with lung cancer has left behind two children and her husband George Ikua.

Last year in February, Kanini said she was cancer free.

In a long post on her Facebook account, she said that an MRI scan conducted on her showed no signs of lesions in her liver, abdomen, bones, lymph nodes and lungs.

Kanini attributed her healing to a support network of friends, family and strangers praying for her and encouraging her.

She made special mention of her husband who she said only recently revealed to her that doctors had given her less than six months to live after she was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer.

“My hubby revealed something after we got the great news. He told me that last year, my doctors didn’t think that I had more than 6 months to a year to live, but hubby refused to tell me because he knew it would stress me more,” Ikua said in her post.

She said she was happy that he chose not share the information at the time, but was grateful for him bearing the burden while fully supporting her.

“Hubby carried this burden alone, and for that I will forever be grateful to God for giving him the strength and courage to do so as he watched me go through chemotherapy,” Ikua said.

On Friday, during her memorial service at Nairobi Baptist Church on Friday, Kanini’s family and friends of the melacholic voice praised her for her courage and life well lived.

He four year old daughter tried to come to terms with the death of her mother and at some point requested a moment with her mother and she and Janet’s family spent a few minutes next to the coffin, before other mourners were allowed to view the body.