Wishing all of the #OgilvyDads a very Happy Father’s Day.

While it’s definitely a day of celebrating all of the wonderful things that our fathers do for us, it’s also important to celebrate the incredible experience that is being a Dad.

We asked some of our #OgilvyDads what they love most about having children.

Julian Ribiero, Managing Director, Ogilvy JHB:


To be a parent, a father, is a profound blessing.

To be present at the moment of their birth, and then witness, with each passing day, the wonder of this person discovering and embracing the universe & all it has to offer, is life’s greatest honour.


I am inspired by the words of Kahlil Gibran from ‘The Prophet’; On Children:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, 
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, 
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, 
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, 
and He bends you with His might 
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies, 
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Dustin Chick, Head of Strategy, Ogilvy PR:


The best part about being a Dad is that my beautiful daughter keeps me real. In an a world where things aren’t that real.

Nick Bedford Business Director, Social@Ogilvy:


The best thing about being a father to me is knowing that every day that I get to go home to the most beautiful girl in the world. The feeling of unconditional love between myself and Sarah is the most powerful experience I have ever felt. This is what makes me get up and going in the morning. This is what makes me work as hard as I do. This is what has taught me what it is to love. This is what makes me who I am today.

Abey Mokgwatsane, CEO, Ogilvy South Africa:


The best part of being a father is helping my son become a better man than I am.


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