DJ Black Coffee’s son Esona Maphumulo recently celebrated his 18th birthday and his father took to Instagram to share a heartfelt tribute to him.

“This dude… I was only 23 when he was born… even though all the odds were against me… being a student with no job, this was one of the happiest days of my life. His mother named him Esona Sinokuhle, his grandmother named him Mava, his unofficial name that I gave him was Mcebo, for he became my motivation and the reason I woke up and chased all my dreams,” Black Coffee wrote.

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“I definitely didn’t want him to grow up like I did. I can’t believe he’s turning 18 today.”

The DJ went on to offer some advice to his son that many will appreciate.

“Enjoy life, my son. Start whatever it is you want to do, don’t wait. Make mistakes, grow, learn, love unconditionally, laugh, fight for what’s right, forgive, lead, hug, cry, never conform, stay woke, don’t keep negative people in your space, read, take walks, love yourself, enjoy your own company, celebrate victories big or small and most importantly, remember to stay close to God. Ask Him always to lead your way,” he wrote.