I consider myself to be one of the luckiest men in the world; I am beyond thankful and fortunate, having built a life with a beautiful wife and two incredible, happy, and healthy children. On a day like Father’s Day, I can’t but thank God for what He has provided me in terms of my family – He has truly blessed me.
My father, who sadly is no longer with us, was my rock, my inspiration, my moral compass for the vast majority of my life. He was a hard-working, proud, dedicated, and loving father who provided for his family, and his community, and made me the man I am today. His legacy lives on through me, my siblings, and his grandchildren. It goes without saying that we all miss him, but we also come together to remember him in our hearts fondly and happily – thankful for the love and incredible life opportunities he gave us all by installing a sense of hard work and passion in us.
Today of all days, I think of my own father, of course, but I also think of what type of father I want to be; my family is still young and I know that fatherhood is a role we all have to grow into and work at. It is by no means a static role; and with a 5-year-old and a toddler at home, I mean that both figuratively and literally.
But today, I also think about the thousands of fathers who work with Kobo360 across the continent, many of whom work away from home for long periods at a time, behind the wheel, moving goods from city to city, country to country. They are making the ultimate sacrifice, which is to be parted from their loved ones – often for days and weeks at a time. They do this because they want to provide for themselves and for their families – they want to ensure that rent is paid, food is on the table, school fees are paid and some small savings are put away for a rainy day. And during the current COVID crisis, and the economic downturn we’re all facing, many of these fathers have had to work harder and longer hours than ever before. They do this without complaint or concern for themselves; they do this to make life better for their families and loved ones.
Kobo360 is a technology company, yes, but we are also a people company; we work with thousands of drivers [most of whom are men, and many of whom are fathers] and we could not build our business as we have done so, without them. Each and every one of them is a #KoboHero to us, and we salute them.
So today, allow me a moment of reflection – if you will. To reflect on my own father, my journey as a father, and the thousands of fathers who work with me side-by-side, providing for their families and making their children proud.