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Daddy Can I Have Your Bread? by Oluwaseun Akisanmi

Those were the interesting choice of words hurled at me by my 1299 days old daughter (not that i'm counting). If you had entered our house 10 minutes earlier, you would have heard the loud cries of Ebenezer because her mum had refused to give her part of the bread that was being buttered for her dad. I hated the fact that she can be quick to cry for what wasn’t hers and subsequently scolded her and told her to go cry in her room.

After about 10 minutes of crying as if her favourite dog had been kidnapped, she came out of her room with a composed happy face. Jumping up & down around the room she would ask the question in what seemed like a deliberately bold yet unconscious strategy:

DADDY CAN I HAVE YOUR BREAD?I quickly replied her with a response I had prepared before the foundation of the world. No one would share the glory of my delicious bread and butter with me. NO was definitely the answer she didn't seem to expect. I however didn't expect the response she showed upon hearing my seemingly-negative reply: she continued jumping up and down with a smile on her face while dancing back to her room.

I was surprised. Why didn't she cry again because I said NO? Why didn't she throw another tantrum because she didn't get the correct response to the heartfelt prayer she asked of me? I was surprised. And I was touched.

I was touched by the fact that my daughter had finally gotten to a level of understanding of her father to know that her father telling her NO doesn't mean that he still doesn't love her. I was touched by the fact that she didn't allow my unfavorable response to determine her subsequent choice of happiness. She seemed to have learnt so fast.

Being the soft-hearted person that I think I am, I called her back and gave her a piece of the bread she had earlier confidently asked for. With a smile that seem to spell "THANK YOU, DADDY," she continued her random illogical dance steps in the direction of her room.

I learnt a lesson from that. That even when my heavenly Father seems to say NO to some of my requests, it doesn't mean that His love for me isn't unconditional. That even when He tells me NO, He still wishes me the best things in life. That even when He tells me NO, he wants my character to be developed. That even when He tells me NO, I should still smile, dance and mutter those words from the depths of my heart: I LOVE YOU NO MATTER WHAT.

At that point I had a renewed understanding of what Jesus meant when he told His disciples those revelatory words: Let the little children come to me and do not forbid them for of such is the kingdom of God. And so I prayed that God will make my heart like that of my little daughter's. Perhaps only then will the kingdom of heaven be mine. Perhaps only then will Seun Akisanmi understand what it truly means to love unconditionally.

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About the Author:
Oluwaseun Akisanmi is a talented, creative, God-fearing, teacher and educator with an unusual business mindset. His passion for photography was ignited after his mum got him a Christmas present in 1998: a Samsung camera. After many years as a hobbyist, he ventured fully in a career of professional photography in 2006 when he founded ELOPHOTOS STUDIOS (www.elophotos.com), an outfit that delivers world-class photography services. Since then he has covered numerous events and projects, one of which included the photography coverage of Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja for their 2009 calender.
His unique selling point is his gentle and calm personality and the ability to add a touch of creativity while capturing every moment of an occasion.
In 2007, he began attracting a number of people some of which included photographers that had been in the industry for a while. They wanted to get the same results that he was getting in the management of his photography business. Subsequently, he began quarterly seminars where photographers gathered to discuss their challenges and were educated on the art & business of photography.
A photography facilitator in Daystar Skill Acquisition Project {Dsap}, he received his Bsc in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois, U.S.A.
In February 2010, he established ELOPHOTOS ACADEMY (EA), an institute with a vision of raising world–class photographers. EA offers basic and advance photography courses for intending photographers and hobbyists. The results have been mind–blowing.
As the convener of the Nigeria Photography Expo & Conference (NiPHEC), he is happily married to Ofure who also shares in his passion for photography. Together they reside in Lagos with 2 princesses and 1 spiritual BMW 750i
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