In honor of Father's Day this year, we are proud to share our very first Colored Organics Featured Dad! Parenthood is one of life's greatest challenges, and we are so thankful for the fathers in our lives that are there to support us and show us compassion along the way. We are thrilled to share some fatherhood insights from New Jersey-based dad, Kojo!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
My name is Nana Kojo, and I’m a father, film maker, and entrepreneur. I was born and raised in Ghana before moving to the United States when I was 24, and have been in New Jersey since then. I have always loved being creative, and currently work in the film world as a director when I’m not running our family businesses with my wife.
WHAT'S THE MOST REWARDING PART OF BEING A PARENT?
The most rewarding part is watching my kids grow and figure out the little things like having hands, saying their first words, learning and exploring the world.
WHAT'S THE MOST SURPRISING THING ABOUT PARENTHOOD?
You really don’t know what parenthood will be like until you are fully in it. I was surprised how naive I was when I was expecting our first daughter because I thought I knew it all. Every platform you think you’ve built prior to having a child gets tested, whether it’s your patience, intelligence, etc. It’s surprising how much stronger you become and how much they teach you even though they’re so young.
IT'S JUST YOU AND YOUR GIRLS FOR THE DAY, WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU DOING WITH THEM?
We definitely would watch some African history movies and spend time outdoors at the park with some vegan ice cream.
WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF DAD WISDOM YOU HOPE TO INSTILL IN YOUR DAUGHTERS?
One thing that I want my daughters to grow up knowing is that family is EVERYTHING. Family is foundation, life, purpose.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR NEW FATHERS?
All I can say is YOU GOT THIS. It might seem crazy at first but you got this. It’s ok to get frustrated, impatient, etc., and you shouldn’t have guilt for feeling that way. Parenthood is a learning process and it will test your limits at times, but you’ll grow as your children grow and it will make you stronger.
To see more of Nana Kojo and the Nkunim family, follow them on Instagram!