Fatherhood Made Me Take A Long Leave From Work Teju Babyface
Nigerian stand-up comedian and television host, Teju Babyface , has revealed his parenting experience and how it affected his work.
In a recent interview, Teju Babyface stated that God works in generation when asked his thoughts on fatherhood. He said I believe that God works in generations. That is to say one single lifetime is nowhere near enough for God to finish what He wants to do in a lineage and therefore He continues in one’s progeny.
Thus, my view of fatherhood is that it is sacred trust to raise the next generation of Gbade Oyelakins in line with the divine calling of our lineage.
The comedian went on to reveal what he loves the most about fatherhood and he stated that it is the fact that he is called a father. There is nothing more fulfilling than hearing that “Daddy! Daddy!” every time I walk through the door after I have been gone for a while.
He was also asked. Your brand name, Teju Babyface, has overshadowed your real name. Do your children call you by the name too, may be sometimes ?
(Laughs) No, they don’t. But for a few weeks, they called me Teju. That was expected, I suppose, given that that was what they hear their mom call me. On the flip side, they also called their mom Tobi too. I put my foot down one day though and surprisingly they got the message almost immediately.
Is there a difference between the way you were raised and the way you are raising your children now ?
Are you joking ? It’s night and day! For one, I was speaking Yoruba way before I ever learnt English language. For another, I never got to commandeer the TV over my dad. For another, I never got to travel outside Nigeria until I was in my late 20s and that happened when I went to Cotonou to buy a car! There are too many differences to list.