As we celebrate FatherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day today, we ask a few women the most valuable lesson they learnt from their fathers.
Rosemary Kanyuka: Director of Public Prosecutions
He instilled in me hard work and focus. This is a cold wide wicked world and survival of the fittest is a way of life. Because of my father, I always take my work seriously. If there is a weakness at all, I would have to say kindness and a love for music.
Jessie Kabwila: Acting President Chancellor College Academic Staff Union
He taught me to value myself as a woman. My father never discriminated with the sexes. He trusted me with big projects. He always told me that I am just as capable as the next person regardless of gender. I love to debate and this is something that I also learnt from my father. Every night after dinner, he brought up a topic that we discussed at length and if I had an opposing view, he always encouraged me to stand my ground. My weakness is talking a lot. I am too open and this has often brought me trouble, especially in my line of work.
Suzgo Ngwira: President of National Women Football Committee
I am who I am today because of my father. He instilled in me hard work and taught me to take education seriously. I never saw any weaknesses from my father. He was the kind of man that brought out positivity in everything that he did.
Jane Ansah: Judge of Appeal
There are a lot of strengths that I got from my father. He was a hardworking man. I remember there was a time when he was sitting for his matrics in South Africa, equivalent to O-levels here. We used to watch him study and at the same time he encouraged us to study.Ã‚Â My father bought us books that featured the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most influential individuals such as Mahatma Gandhi and others. He valued spending time with us his children and I do the same with my children. My work keeps me busy but I set aside Sundays for them. We go to church in the morning and I spare my afternoons for them.
But most important, my father taught me respect for elders and authority. He always used to say when you grow up, even if you donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like the person on the position, at least respect the position. This has helped me a lot in life.