My Seven Year Old Daughter Made Me Quit Smoking — Jeta Amata
Nollywood movie director, Jeta Amata has paid tribute to his seven year old daughter for making him quit smoking after such a long. He also talked about his daughter’s excitement when she learnt that he finally quit the unhealthy act.
Amata in a post on his Instagram handle wrote, “I wouldn’t call it a nag or just a soft reminder, but over the last year, my seven year old has been constantly reminding me of the need to stop smoking. A few months back, just to get her off my back, I said I’d quit in a few months, that was June.
“She decided the few months ended in August after our birthday on the 21st and started counting down to September 1. The day before, we had a talk and I agreed it was going to end the next day; I was still stalling, looking for a way out.
“As I walked out of the living room, she told a friend of mine, my dad is going to stop smoking, I’m so happy I could cry. As I heard those words, my heart melted and I knew there was no going back. I had to quit! If I wasn’t going to quit for me, I would for her, no doubt!
“It’s five days now since my last cigarette, and I mean close to two packs a day, damn! Veno’s the happiest girl on earth and I have the best support system anyone could want…The power of love.
Now tell me, why would I ever go back to smoking when I know not smoking makes my daughter feel so loved and appreciated. Is it foolish not to think of my health, but rather the happiness of my child?
I couldn’t even hide to do it (yes the thought crossed my mind) because I don’t want to lie to my kid. The meaning of her name is catching up with me real fast, ‘Edhereveno’ meaning, my roads have opened, my doors have opened, so now, it’s my lungs opening to clean health.