“At times, our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” — Albert Schweitzer

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.

I am grateful for my beloved Otito, whose smile and charm always light up our world. 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: ― Anthony Brandt.

With love,


a soul trying to navigate through life while making positive impacts