Where words and gifts may fail you, spend some time with him and celebrate your father on this special day with these songs. You can ask Dede, it is often hard to put your feelings into writing, especially when trying to capture your dad’s larger-than-life presence. To celebrate someone who puts you first before himself and is willing to sacrifice everything for the family, even if it means taking up a job as a labourer cannot be easily summed up inside a store-bought Fathers’ Day card.
So, where words and hugs fail, music speaks loudly; and after seeing Nii take up this menial job at the city to help take care of his family and of course, his most loved daughter, we decided to rely on music’s greatest lyricists to help Dede articulate exactly how she feels about her dad. Don’t worry, you can use these songs to create a special mixtape for your dad too, it’s the best gift you can give him today.
“First Man” by Camila Cabello
Camila had us in tears at the 2020 Grammy’s when she performed the song “First Man” to her dad who was sitting in the front row and since then, the song has since become a favourite for fathers and daughters everywhere.
“Glory” by Jay Z featuring Blue Ivy
We’re not sure if it’s the video or Jay Z’s sweet tribute to his wife, Beyonce and daughter, Blue Ivy, but this song gives us the chills every time and every dad will surely relate to each line in this song. We trust that if we give Nii a day or two with this song, he’ll be singing this song to Dede every morning while on their way to work.
“My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw
“Chase your dreams, but you’ll always know the road that will lead you home again. Go on, take on this old world, but to me… you’ll always be my little girl.” Now if this doesn’t articulate the perfect father-daughter bond between Nii and Dede, we don’t know what else does.
“I Learned from You” by Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus
Miley and her country-crooning father collaborated for this song in 2006, which was also featured on the Hannah Montana soundtrack. Upon hearing the lyrics, we knew this song had to make this playlist – “I learned from you that I do not crumble. I learned that strength is something you choose, all of the reasons to keep on believing. There’s no question, that’s a lesson I learned from you.” Now if there’s anyone who Dede looks up to in admiration of strength and resilience, it’s Nii (well, it used to be Michael Robertson until things went south).
“Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross
If this song didn’t make this playlist, then you know it wasn’t a complete playlist for Fathers’ Day. It’s one of the most memorable and best dad songs out there by R&B legend, Luther Vandross.
Now imagine Nii and Dede having a good time with this song, dancing, and giggling, of course without Felicity in sight.
"Your Joy” by Chrisette Michele
Ah! Another go-to song for father-daughter dance moments at weddings and we thought we would dedicate this to Nii and Dede also. Dads are truly irreplaceable.
"Fathers Day Song" by Abochi
Repping the streets of Ghana, Abochi made this song as a shoutout to all the amazing fathers out there, who carry on with their daddy duties with grace and love and we totally think it should be in this playlist, we love it!
We could go on and on with this list of songs to celebrate fathers on this special day, but these are just a few songs that we think Dede would love to play for Nii. Which perfect Fathers’ Day song would you dedicate to your dad today?
To see more of Dede and Nii’s loving father-daughter relationship, tune in to watch Dede every Monday to Friday at 8:00pm on #AkwaabaMagic DStv CH 150.