Four of our favorite stars and their dads share a little bit about their father-daughter relationship.
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Thabsie Vokwana and her father Mike Biyela
Thabise about her father:
The greatest lesson dad taught me… He always reminds me why humility is key. I love how wise he is.
What I love about our relationship… My father is the gentlest man I know. For those he loves, he goes to the ends of the earth. We get along so well that I can’t share anything with him.
dearest memory… Growing up, my father taught my younger sister and I karate — he has a black belt. It took a lot of training from us, but that in turn taught me the value of hard work and discipline.
Bab’ Biyela about his daughter:
What I love most about Thabsie… Your modesty and independence. She is very brave and her love for us, her parents and her family is second to none. I pray she understands that life is not about getting revenge, it’s about becoming wiser by finding a lesson in all situations.
dearest memory… It must be her wedding anniversary and her own gospel composition that she performed with her sisters – it was such a beautiful moment.
Ntombee Ngcobo Mzolo and her father Bheki ‘Ihhashi Elimhlophe’ Ngcobo
Ntombee about her father:
The greatest lesson dad taught me… That we are greater than anything the world throws at us. My father came from a very poor background and found himself back to work at the tender age of 10. He vowed to change his situation and is now an internationally recognized Maskandi artist. He never let his circumstances dictate – and that’s proof enough that I can be anything.
What I love about our relationship is that… It’s an open one. My father and I can talk about anything. He is always honest with me and supports me. Our relationship is more than just a father-daughter relationship – it is beautiful and divine.
Best memory…As he walked me down the aisle on my wedding day. Watching him let go of me and hand me over to my husband was a special moment in our relationship. I was only 24 but he understood that it was the right time for me. He went above and beyond to ensure I had the wedding of my dreams.
Bab’Ihhashi Elimhlophe on Ntombee:
What I love about my daughter… Ntombee is kind and has a big heart – not just for us as her family, but for everyone, including strangers.
I want her to know that… There will be times when things go according to plan, and sometimes the odds aren’t in your favor. I want her to remember that the greatest darkness comes before dawn, and when the sun comes out again, it will be worth it. As long as she works hard and survives the dark times, she will rejoice in the light. She must trust God and put Him first – He will always get her through any difficulties.
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Gigi Lamayne and her father Fortune Dambe
Gigi about her father:
The biggest lesson dad taught me… I’ve learned that a father isn’t necessarily just in the biological sense, but someone who contributes to your daily growth. Even though Papa Fortune is my stepdad, that hasn’t stopped us from becoming super close. He is protective, loving, and hands-on. He’s always more than generous with advice when I need it.
What I love about our relationship… He’s easygoing and the love is real. I can joke with him and vice versa. He encourages me to be the best version of myself and believes in me – sometimes more than anyone else. Not a day goes by that he doesn’t preach self-love to me.
Best memory…Watching him beat dads half his age in a race at my niece’s preschool. My mom and I cheered from across the field – it was such a proud moment for us. He is athletic and energetic and always promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Bab’ Dambe about Gigi:
What I appreciate most about Gigi… your sense of humor. Even during difficult times, like after her suicide attempt, she pulled herself together and joked about the incident. She recovers quickly from tough times, especially when it comes to her career. She is smart, gentle, kind and very forgiving. I enjoy attending her performances and watching her perform – even if it’s at odd times. She is very open with us as her parents, which in turn has made it easy for us to guide her on life’s path.
I want her to know that… All good things come to those who wait. At times, she shows signs of frustration when work slows down or things don’t go as she would like. She has to keep working hard despite the ups and downs and things will eventually fall into place.
Mpho Letsholonyane and her father Edward Maleto
Mpho about her father:
The biggest lesson dad taught me… My father once said to me, “If a man doesn’t treat you well, don’t blame yourself. You can be the best woman under the sun, but if he’s not willing to see your greatness, there’s nothing you can do.” I will always be grateful for those words as they taught me never to value my self-worth after how others treat me.
What I love about our relationship…We can talk about anything now. We went through a difficult time where our relationship wasn’t the best due to a clash of personalities. We’re too alike, and in some cases we work against each other when we haven’t learned to work together. He is now my go-to for guidance and love. Interestingly, now that I’m married, our relationship is at its peak. My love for football is no secret and as he’s also a big football fanatic it’s the glue that binds us together.
Best memory… When I was young, I would take him to a football game in a stadium or watch a game at home. I’m such a daddy girl – down to the gestures I inherited from him when watching football [chuckles].
Ntate Maleto about his daughter:
What I love most about mpho…Your determination and openness. She takes on anything that comes her way and is always ready to ask for advice if she’s unsure about something.
My fondest memory of her… We watch football together – I used to take her to watch Benoni United. As a child she always asked me how far back my love for the Kaizer Chiefs goes. She was interested in the penalty, offside and free-kick rules and gradually developed an interest in football.
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