Celebrating Fatherhood: Spotlight on Nigerian Celebrity Dads

Father’s Day is an exceptional occasion that honours and celebrates fathers worldwide for their love, commitment, and selflessness. Fatherhood is more than just a title; it’s a dedication to providing for, raising, and safeguarding one’s children. Whether by their words, deeds, or presence, they make a lasting impression on their children.

Father’s Day is widely observed in Nigeria with tremendous fervour. It is a day to honour fathers who go above and beyond in their roles. This year, we highlight six incredible celebrity dads who have demonstrated excellence in their professional careers and personal lives as devoted fathers. These famous people have set an example for many by juggling the responsibilities of fame and fatherhood. Their professional achievements are only one aspect of their tales; another is their dedication to being loving and caring fathers.

In Nigeria, celebrity dads are more than just public figures; they are role models who have a profound influence that extends beyond their own families. These men embody the essence of fatherhood, from sharing quality time with their children to instilling them with invaluable life lessons. Let’s delve into the lives of six Nigerian celebrity fathers who have left a significant mark.


Deyemi Okanlawon is a Nigerian film, television, theatre, and voice actor. At the age of 5, he had his first experience with acting when he featured in an end-of-year play while in primary school. Okanlawon was featured in a nationally syndicated television commercial with Kunle Bamtefa at the age of 9. While studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Okanlawon became an active member of the drama groups Gf(x) (Harvesters Company), Xtreme Reaction, and Snapshots (Covenant Christian Centre).

In 2010, he made his featured film debut with the movie titled ZR-7, but before then, he featured in a short film titled A Grain Of Wheat. Deyemi went on to feature in and co-produce many more short films and by 2012 he had gained prominence for his numerous appearances in made-for-internet short films and web series which include Blink, 6:30 pm, and Knock Knock. In 2013, he switched careers to focus on acting full-time, and ever since then, he has been featured in many movies, TV series, and stage plays, including television commercials.

In 2024, he delved into movie production with the movie All’s Fair In Love.

Well-known for his adaptability and capacity to capture the essence and nuance of a wide range of characters, Deyemi Okanlawon’s love for his work and dedication to improving his community has cemented his place as one of Nigeria’s most cherished and esteemed actors. Both on and off screen, he never fails to excite and inspire audiences with his talent, charisma, and commitment to perfection.

Beyond his acting career, Deyemi is a proud father of three children. Okanlawon got married to his wife Damilola in January 2013. He often shares his fatherhood experiences on social media, providing a glimpse into his life as a dad. Deyemi’s commitment to his family is demonstrated by the way he strikes a balance between his personal and professional lives to make sure his kids always feel supported and loved. His dedication to fatherhood is admirable, demonstrating that a person can pursue professional success and still be a loving dad.


Tobi Bakre is a banker, photographer, entrepreneur, model, reality TV celebrity, social media influencer, and former Big Brother Nigeria contestant. He became well-known in 2018 after finishing second runner-up in the third season of the Double Wahala edition of the popular Nigerian reality TV show Big Brother Naija.

Before competing in the third season of the renowned Nigerian reality TV show Big Brother Naija’s Double Wahala edition, Bakre, who holds a degree in Banking and Finance, worked in the banking industry. In pursuit of a banking profession, Tobi worked as the General Accountant of the Federation’s protocol officer in Abuja from April 2013 to February 2014. Tobi’s distinct career prospects in the banking industry led to the offer of this opportunity. In addition, he has experience working in retail and as a relationship manager for Treasury and Financial Institutions.

His acting career began as a character on the Nigerian daily show Hustle, where he depicted the typical struggles of a Nigerian returnee experiencing life in the nation for the first time, after which he got his big break in the box office hit Sugar Rush.

Over the years, Bakre has embraced his passion for acting and has appeared in several Nollywood movies and web series, showcasing his versatile acting skills. Some notable projects he has been a part of include Fix Us, Mokalik, Gangs Of Lagos, and Brotherhood, among others.  However, it is his interpretation of roles in action movies that sets him apart from his peers.

In August 2021, Tobi married Anu Oladosu, and their union is blessed with two children. Beyond his acting career, he is also a devoted family man. Tobi described fatherhood as one of the best experiences in the world, how it has increased his self-awareness and encouraged him to improve himself. For Tobi Bakre, fatherhood is a journey of continuous learning and growing, both as a parent and as an individual.


Daniel Etim-Effiong is a Nigerian Nollywood actor and film director. He graduated from the Federal University of Technology in Minna, Niger State, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. After a brief stint working in the oil and gas industry as an engineer, he changed careers and went on to study film, writing, and directing at the AFDA Film School in South Africa and did a course at the University of Johannesburg on film production.

After leaving the oil and gas industry, he became a producer for NdaniTV. In 2017, he produced a five-minute short film titled Prey, produced by his wife, Toyosi, with Tope Tedela and Odenike Odetola. Over the years, he has been featured in many movies, including Selina, A Weekend To Forget, Here Love Lies, and A Weekend Getaway, among others.

Effiong has been married to Toyosi Etim-Effiong since November 4, 2017. They started dating in August 2016 while on a project. Their union is blessed with three children. Beyond his acting prowess, Daniel is also a dedicated father to three children. Balancing a successful acting career and fatherhood is no easy feat, but Daniel has managed to do so with grace.


Tuface or 2Baba is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, and record producer, an artist with a legendary status in Nigerian music. Born Innocent Ujah Idibia, Tuface emerged as one of the most successful Afrobeat and Afropop artists in Africa. Tuface began his career as a member of the defunct Plantashun Boiz group before launching his solo career in the early 2000s. His debut solo album, Face 2 Face, released in 2004, included the iconic hit African Queen, which catapulted him to international fame. The song became a beloved anthem across Africa and beyond, highlighting Tuface’s soulful voice and storytelling prowess.

Throughout his career, Tuface has released several critically acclaimed albums, including Grass 2 Grace, The Unstoppable, and Away and Beyond. His music is known for its versatility, blending Afrobeat, reggae, R&B, and hip-hop. Tuface’s contributions to the music industry have earned him numerous awards, such as the MTV Europe Music Award, BET Award, and multiple Headies.

Beyond his musical achievements, Tuface is a devoted father of seven children, whom he shares with three different women. He married Nigerian actress Annie Macaulay in 2012, and together they have two daughters, Isabella and Olivia. Fatherhood is a significant aspect of Tuface’s life, and he often expresses his love and commitment to his children through his social media platforms and public appearances.

Balancing a prolific music career with the responsibilities of fatherhood, Tuface Idibia continues to be a revered figure in the African entertainment industry. His ability to maintain relevance in the ever-evolving music scene while being a dedicated father showcases his resilience, talent, and deep personal values.

(5)   BANKY W

Banky W, born Olubankole Wellington, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter, actor, and politician, known for his multifaceted contributions to the entertainment industry and his foray into public service. He launched his music career in 2002 and rose to prominence with his smooth R&B style, blending it with African rhythms. Hits like Ebute Metta and Lagos Party solidified his status as a musical powerhouse. Banky W co-founded Empire Mates Entertainment (EME), a record label that nurtured talents such as Wizkid and Skales, significantly impacting the Nigerian music scene.

In addition to his music career, Banky W ventured into acting, starring in notable films like The Wedding Party and its sequel, where his performances received critical acclaim. His versatility and charisma have made him a beloved figure in Nollywood.

Banky W’s career took a new direction in 2018 when he announced his candidacy for the Nigerian House of Representatives. Although he didn’t win, his political journey demonstrated his commitment to public service and desire to bring positive change to his country.

Fatherhood has added another dimension to Banky W’s life. Married to actress Adesua Etomi, the couple welcomed their son, Zaiah, in 2021. Banky W often shares his experiences and reflections on fatherhood, emphasising the joy and responsibilities it brings. He balances his career and personal life with grace, using his platform to advocate for family values, education, and youth empowerment. Banky W’s journey from music to fatherhood and public service showcases his dedication to personal growth and impacting society.


One of the many exciting acts to rise into the Nigerian music scene in the 2010s era, Adekunle Gold has steadily worked his way up and has become a prominent Nigerian singer, songwriter, and graphic designer. He gained widespread attention in 2015 with his hit single Sade, a highlife cover of One Direction’s Story of My Life, which showcased his unique blend of traditional Nigerian music and contemporary pop. This track set the stage for his debut album, Gold, released in 2016, which solidified his status in the Nigerian music industry. Known for his distinct sound that fuses highlife, Afrobeats, and pop, Adekunle Gold has continued to release hits such as Orente, Pick Up, and Something Different.

In addition to his solo success, Adekunle Gold has collaborated with numerous artists, expanding his influence and musical repertoire. His evolution as an artist is evident in his subsequent albums, About 30 and Afro Pop Vol. 1, which have been praised for their innovative sounds and storytelling.

Adekunle Gold’s marital bliss began in 2019 when he married fellow Nigerian artist Simi. Their partnership, both personal and professional, has been celebrated by fans. In 2021, the couple welcomed their first child, a daughter named Adejare. Adekunle Gold is always eager to flaunt his new family, happily showing affection to his daughter through his social media posts and music.

Balancing his career and fatherhood, Adekunle Gold continues to thrive in the entertainment industry while embracing his role as a father. His journey reflects his dedication to his craft and his family, making him a relatable and admired figure in contemporary African music.

It’s always a pleasure to see men doing so well in their careers and setting a great example for their children by also being awesome dads.


Father’s Day is always going to be a special occasion dedicated to celebrating the significant role fathers play in our lives. It’s a day to honour the unwavering support, love, and guidance they provide. Whether through grand gestures or simple acts of kindness, fathers shape our experiences and help mould us into the individuals we become. This day offers an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned, the moments shared, and the sacrifices made by fathers everywhere.

As we recognise and honour these incredible men, let’s commit to fostering strong, loving relationships and continue to support and cherish them, not just on Father’s Day but every day. Celebrating their contributions enriches our lives and strengthens the bonds that hold our families and communities together.

Make sure to also celebrate your fathers and give them their roses while they are still alive. Happy Father’s Day.

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Dorcas Akintoye is a versatile writer with a passion for beauty, fashion, relationships, and culinary delight. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for storytelling, she adds a touch of elegance to every topic she explores. She is a writer at THEWILL DOWNTOWN.

Johnson Chukwueke
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Johnson Chukwueke is a content and creative writer with over 3 years of experience as a professional. A microbiology graduate from the Imo State University, Johnson is a music enthusiast who also enjoys movies, reading, and swimming. He is a writer at THEWILL DOWNTOWN.

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