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Ruth Matete gets emotional as daughter identifies late dad in portrait

Gospel singer Ruth Matete has opened her heart to the world as she shared a heartwarming moment with her daughter, Reyna Toluwa Apewajoye.

The emotional encounter took place when Matete showed Toluwa a portrait of her late father, John Apewajoye, for the first time.

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, Matete expressed her astonishment and profound emotions as her daughter immediately identified her late father in the portrait.

Toluwa’s spontaneous recognition left Matete in awe and moved her to tears.

“I’m so shocked! I have never shown her this picture. I have never had a conversation with her about this topic. She saw the picture and said it was her dad. Tears just rolled down my face,” Matete shared.

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The accompanying video captured Toluwa’s innocent reaction.

The little girl gazed at the portrait before her, exclaimed “Dad,” and broke into a heartwarming smile.

This natural and unexpected response deeply touched her mother, as she had never shown her daughter the picture.

In the video, Toluwa is seen hugging the portrait, displaying a heartwarming connection with the image of her late father.

Matete contemplated the significance of this moment and expressed concern about how she would navigate future conversations with her daughter.

She acknowledged the potential challenges of explaining her late husband’s absence to Taoluwa, especially as she watches cartoons that depict a typical family with both parents.

“One day, I will tell her about it when she understands it. But now I am worried. She watches cartoons and sees a family as mum, dad, sister, and brother. What if she asks me now where daddy is? Can she understand? What will I tell her?” Matete reflected.

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In her post, Matete also took a moment to cherish the memory of her late husband, describing him as “hot.”

“She can’t let go of the picture since she saw it. Meanwhile, this Yoruba man was so hot. Chaaiii!!” she wrote.

Fellow artists and fans showed their emotional support for Matete in the comments:

kambuamuziki: Crying with you, mama. May God’s grace keep carrying you.

mifivebeauty: Children never forget; we think they do, but they don’t verbalize it like we do.

afwande_neema_: I don’t know how they get to know and connect – the mystery of God’s doing.

Matete’s husband Pastor Beloved John Apewajoye died after a gas cylinder accident at their apartment in Athi River in April 2020.

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