Father’s Day: Chief Ogbonna Jnr. Encourages Fathers to Lead with Love and Wisdom

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Fathers all over the world have been urged on the importance of their role in shaping the future.

The Ìgwè Elect of Ogugu Ntu-egbenese Ancient Kingdom in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State, Chief Aloysius Chidozie Ogbonna Jnr., Ikemba Enugu, made this known to fathers in his 2024 Father’s Day message.

He stated that fathers have profound impacts on their families and communities, thus emphasizing the immense responsibility and privilege that comes with fatherhood.

He reminded fathers that their guidance and wisdom are invaluable, serving as a beacon of light in times of uncertainty and a source of inspiration that fuels their children’s ambitions. “The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him,” he quoted from Proverbs 20:7, stressing the importance of integrity in fatherhood.

Acknowledging the evolving role of fathers in modern society, Chief Ogbonna Jnr. noted their increasing involvement in all aspects of family life, from nurturing and caregiving to supporting their partners’ professional aspirations.

He highlighted that this dynamic involvement not only strengthens family bonds but also promotes a more balanced and inclusive society.

He encouraged fathers to embrace these changes with an open heart, citing Psalm 103:13: “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”

Chief Ogbonna Jnr. also paid tribute to the legacy of fathers who have walked this path before, offering support and encouragement to new and current fathers navigating the complexities of parenthood.

He also underscored the selflessness and dedication required in fatherhood, quoting Colossians 3:21: “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged,” and urged fathers to lead with love, wisdom, and courage.

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The Ìgwè Elect of Ogugu Ntu-egbenese Ancient Kingdom went further and reminded fathers of their profound influence on the world and the importance of continuing to instill values of integrity, hard work, and resilience in their children.

He urged fathers to stand tall and take pride in their role, striving to build a brighter, more compassionate world for future generations. “The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him,” he quoted from Proverbs 23:24, celebrating the joy and fulfillment of fatherhood.

The statement reads:

Press Release

June 16, 2024

A Father’s Day Message to All Fathers Worldwide

From Chief Aloysius Chidozie Ogbonna Jnr., Ikemba Enugu, Igwe Elect of Ogugu Ntu-egbenese Ancient Kingdom in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State

On this blessed occasion of Father’s Day 2024, Chief Aloysius Chidozie Ogbonna Jnr., Ikemba Enugu, and Igwe Elect of Ogugu Ntu-egbenese Ancient Kingdom, extends his warmest greetings and heartfelt congratulations to all fathers across the globe. As we gather to celebrate the profound role that fathers play in shaping our families and communities, let us take a moment to reflect on the immense responsibility and privilege that comes with fatherhood.

Fathers are the pillars of strength and stability in our lives. From the earliest days of childhood, they provide not only for our physical needs but also nurture our dreams and aspirations. A father’s guidance and wisdom are invaluable, serving as a beacon of light in times of uncertainty and a source of inspiration that fuels our ambitions. As Proverbs 20:7 says, “The righteous who walks in his integrity—blessed are his children after him.” Today, we honor these contributions and acknowledge the sacrifices made by fathers everywhere.

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In every culture and society, fathers hold a unique and vital place. Whether through their roles as providers, protectors, mentors, or friends, fathers help to build the foundation upon which future generations stand. They teach us the values of integrity, hard work, and resilience, instilling in us the courage to face life’s challenges with fortitude. Your efforts are not in vain; they reverberate through time, impacting countless lives and shaping the future. Ephesians 6:4 reminds us, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”

Fatherhood is a journey filled with both triumphs and trials. It demands patience, empathy, and unwavering dedication. As fathers, you are often called upon to make difficult decisions and sacrifices, putting the needs of your families above your own. This selflessness is a testament to the boundless love and commitment that defines true fatherhood. Your perseverance and strength in the face of adversity are truly commendable. Colossians 3:21 advises, “Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.”

As we celebrate today, let us also recognize the evolving role of fathers in our modern world. Today’s fathers are increasingly involved in every aspect of family life, from nurturing and caregiving to supporting the professional aspirations of their partners. This dynamic involvement not only strengthens family bonds but also promotes a more balanced and inclusive society. Embrace these changes with an open heart, knowing that your role is more crucial than ever. As Psalm 103:13 states, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.”

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To the fathers who have walked this path before us, we honor your legacy and the groundwork you have laid. To the new fathers just beginning their journey, we offer our encouragement and support. And to all fathers currently navigating the complexities of parenthood, know that your efforts are deeply valued and appreciated. You are the unsung heroes whose love and labor sustain our families and communities. Proverbs 23:24 declares, “The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.”

Let this Father’s Day be a reminder of the profound impact that each of you has on the world. Stand tall and take pride in your role as a father. Continue to lead with love, wisdom, and courage, knowing that your influence extends far beyond your immediate family. Together, let us strive to build a brighter, more compassionate world for future generations.

With heartfelt gratitude and deepest respect,

Chief Aloysius Chidozie Ogbonna Jnr.
Ikemba Enugu
Igwe Elect of Ogugu Ntu-egbenese Ancient Kingdom in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State

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