Popular high life musician and graphic designer, Adekunle Kosoko, known professionally as Adekunle Gold, and his wife of one year, 3 months, Simisola Ogunleye, AKA, Simi, have welcomed their first child.
The two entertainers got married January 2019.
Simi took to Instagram to announce their daughter on sunday, 7th June, weeks after she was seen performing on stage with a big tummy.
A very excited Adekunle Gold wrote, “It’s been a lot right? I know. The violence against women, against black people and this pandemic, was just too much, I had to log out for a bit. I had to check out to prepare a healthy mind and safe space to welcome my child into the world.”
The Joy of a Father: Gold with his daughter.
They have named their girl, Adejare, the songwriter said.
“And even though I have sad feelings throughout the day about the crisis outside when I am with my baby, it’s pure unadulterated joy. I cried so much when Adejare came out. I cried when I first held her. I can’t lie, I still stare at her and shed a few more. Lol.”
Adekunle went on raving about their daughter, saying he loves changing her diapers and all.
“It feels like an obsession really. If someone else is holding Deja, I miss her. I love our skin to skin time. I love feeding her. I love changing her diapers. I love everything, including insomnia. I’m obsessed with all her expressions; you need to see her stank face – it’s hilarious. I have never seen any baby this beautiful. I mean it. My baby came out with a head full of hair like mine and the most beautiful face I’ve ever seen like Simi. Wow.”
“I feel so protective over her, and everything happening right now has made me even more conscious of how I want to raise her. I want her to always know she is loved. She is powerful. She is pure black girl magic and I will always believe in her.”
Adekunle is now a father, and a happy one for that matter.
“I know we are fighting for so much right now. So much pain and insensitivity of the past generations are haunting us. I hope we don’t quit fighting for women’s rights too because I truly believe if our women are empowered and allowed to lead, we all would be so much better for it. I know this first hand because Simi is powerful and my life is better for it.”
He also talked about the need to raise boys who respect women, in the wake of the rape issues that are currently plaguing the country.
“While we fight for today’s problems, let’s also fight for our future. We must ensure we don’t raise our children with the same consciousness that raised us. We must raise sons who respect value and revere women and raise daughters that are strong and fearless.
“That we raise children who speak up and stand up for what is right, that we raise children who don’t continue the cycle of abuse, fear, secrecy, and insensitivity that has plagued our own generation and the ones before us. I pray for justice for all the victims and that if the hand of the law isn’t a swift enough, that the hand of God will do His thing.”