When every year is winding down to its end, and you have life and all or most of the provisions that furnish it, and your dreams have either become reality or are on the fast track to getting there, and the people you love are abundantly in your life, then this ending begs for the acknowledgement of all those who made memorable your journey through life thus far. Because, whether you believe it or not, indeed, no man is an island unto himself.
I recently read and got inspired by two write-ups of appreciation penned by two men I admire – Tobe Osigwe and Isaac Ola. And I got to thinking about how in many ways, innumerable acquaintances – old and new – have contributed to making the different facets of my 2013 a success story of sorts. And with respect to this platform – My Mind Snaps – there’s a number of people I would like to say my thanks to.
First and foremost, I’d love to acknowledge Gentle Eyisi, the longtime friend who inspired me to take the step of opening this blog. In a time when I was struck by the uncertainty of how to make my voice heard, he gave me direction. Without him, perhaps there wouldn’t be a blog to talk about, and this medium – through which I’ve made so many encouraging, diverse and prolific friendships – would not exist.
Speaking of those friendships fostered by the existence of this platform, I would love to appreciate the writers whose constant contributions have kept the public interest here alive. Sifa Asani Gowon, Tobe Osigwe and Ada — sorry, Aida Scribbler (she’s a social media hermit 🙂 ) – these friends are simply the best and have proven how powerful and loving the outreach of the pen can be. They have constantly woven stories and created worlds that are uniquely theirs, and yet, had the ability of drawing all sorts of readers in.
On the heels of this, I’d also like to thank all other writers who have chosen this blog as a way of expressing themselves to the delight of readers. Kelechi Njoku, Eketi Ette, Anderson Aneke, Eric Atie, Chidi Ugbe, Arinze Ifeakandu, Nonso Anyasi, Emmanuel Essien, Okechukwu Elosiuba, Uzoma Maduwike, Obinna Lawrence, Olisaeloka Onyekaonwu, Echezonachukwu Nduka, Tony Pox, and every other person who has contributed written works to this blog, all of you whose stories have inspired, entertained and educated the reading public.
And then there are those who I consider role models of sorts, friends who cultivate me in every step I take as a writer. They are the people I read from and I am made to believe anew in the world of literature. Tunde Leye, Sally Kenneth @moskedapages (still waiting on that our surprise collabo 😀 ), Justin Vunderkind, Kukogho Iruesiri Samson aka KIS, Unen Ameji, Umari Ayim (I recently finished her ‘Just Friends’ series and I saw love and relationships leap off the pages at me), Maryann Otunyo (her powers of eroticism on paper are second to none), Chrome Nonso Chinke (even though he hasn’t written in such a long time #GodIsWatchingYou), Sagay Agbalaya and Uncle Stephen of the Humour blog (both of who belong to an entire humoursphere of their own), and a lot more others. I will always thank God for the day he brought all these illustrious fellows into my life.
And of course, what is a performance without an audience? How does the show go on when there are no viewers to see it? And what is a story, really, with no readership? It is the people who visit this blog, who read the stories and talk about it, who fight over updated issues that are contrary to their beliefs, who promise to come back again and again and keep to that promise – these are the people who make doing this worthwhile for me. They are the people who give me strength and make me feel like I’m touching lives in my own small way. I can’t name them all, but you are there, and you know yourselves, and I just want to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to you guys.
Desmond Tutu said, You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. I agree and disagree with him. I believe God gives everyone a true gift of family. I also believe in the course of living, you can get to choose who your family is. And love them just as much as you love the one Providence has gifted you with. In that vein, I want to appreciate both my biological family – Dad, Mum and siblings, all of them who give me a reason to live everyday; and my other brethren, the SARTians – these eclectic group of people who have inspired me in their own special way. If Charles Kuralt is to be believed when he said, The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege, then I am indeed blessed to have everyone I have in my life right now.
Finally, I thank God for Life and Purpose and for making this year 2013 happen, in much the same way He will make it happen again in 2014.