I like to think that we are all privileged in one way or another. I have been privileged to be blessed at every turn of my life, with people willing to go above and beyond, in pursuit of my happiness. I have had some moments of darkness but in those moments, I have seen so many rainbows. Over the next 90 days, I would like to do a bit of introspection and it is right that I begin this introspection with a spirit of gratitude.
Today, I am grateful for the gift of amazing relatives. I am grateful for Obinna, who always makes perfection seem ordinary. I am grateful that he is kinder and smarter than I am. I am happy that I have been privileged to help nurture him and I am confident that the world would be positively impacted by his sojourn on here. I am particularly happy for the gift of a baby sister. For her, I strive to have a more friendly society. I am glad that she is able to enjoy her youth without destroying her future. I pray that she continues to remember that she is a diamond and she’s got no option but to shine.
I am grateful for Sonma, who has always been that wise and caring elder sister. I am thankful for Awele, whose attitude makes one understand the need to live and not merely exist. I am grateful for my twin Chukwudalu. One with whom I have many similarities and whose lifework is my life’s work. Keep defying all odds dear cousin. Fa amaro ka anyi si kwado.
I am grateful for my beloved Otito, whose smile and charm always light up our world. Oga Titus, keep the hustle cheerful and in due course, everything will fall in place. At the end of this piece, I thank God for Zojieaku, Kizito. The ‘go-getter’ , who isn’t ready to tolerate bullshit from anyone. I know that with his resilience, the world is his to conquer.
For Sonma, Awele, Chukwudalu, Otito and Nneoma, I strive for a world where the dignity of women would be prominent. To them, I dedicate my life’s work.
Dear Sonma, Awele, Chukwudalu, Otito, Obinna, Nneoma and Kizito, I want you to remember that: “Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.” ― Anthony Brandt.
“You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.” — Anita Baker