I woke up this morning-Boxing Day with no box to open, not even an envelope to unseal. Thinking about it however, the gifts, unmerited favours, breakthroughs and sheer love I have received this year is enough to fill so many boxes that should I begin to open them up, a day would not be enough.
So I decided to drop these few lines to say thank you.
To God, the almighty. You see, this year was a hell of a challenging time for me. There were moments the dark clouds loomed so large it threatened to sink me in despair. But through it all, God made his word true. It doesn’t matter that the ‘to-do’ list I came up with on the 1st of January still remains over 50% undone, I have come to appreciate better the love of God, what it means to wait on Him and that He truly never fails.
To my family. Ndi nji eme onu. Spending the last few days with everyone has planted many beautiful flowers in my memory that will be cherished for life. I can’t thank you enough. For the support, the friendship, the faith. This bond can only get stronger after the things we went through together and conquered this year. I love you guys.
I don’t have too many friends (forget what facebook says), but the few I have got are friends to die for. I hate to mention names for I run the risk of leaving some names out. However these few I will mention; Mimi, the strong pillar, Charlazo the solid rock,TD, my other Daddy and Unoma Gee for those many calls and BB pings to ask about my Mum.
I thank my Nigerian publishers DADA Books for finally ending the wait and releasing my collection of stories The Funeral Did Not End. If you are yet to grab a copy check out where HERE. The reception has been amazing and the feedback humbling. I thank everyone who has bought a copy, attended my reading, interviewed me or wrote a review or those who have simply dropped a line to say “I read your book and I liked it”, You guys make it worth it. Mazi Fred Nwonwu, I owe you a lot.
I must mention Coca-Cola Nigeria for the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for the “A Billion Reasons to Believe in Africa” Campaign. Besides affording me the platform to speak for my much battered country and continent, it was a time to learn a lot about who we are and what we can do to be better. I thank the wonderful people at C and F Porter Novelli for the time and to my friend Chinedu Ozordi for making it happen.
I said this will be brief right? Its actually beginning to look lengthy. So I must stop now. But just to say to everyone who I encountered this year online or in the flesh, everyone who made me smile, who gave me a shoulder, who encouraged me, who taught me something new, who showed me love, who made me believe again, who read my blog and followed my column, a big THANK YOU.
If in the course of the year, I hurt you, made you mad or feel insulted, I honestly regret it and hereby apologise. Life is too short to keep grudges. Let’s turn a new leaf and make the best of what time we have left here.
I am confident that the New Year will be a good one for all of us, not because every church sticker around screams it but because like they say, after thunder comes rain…after a dark night comes a beautiful morning. I am confident that the dark nights are over, that the New Year shall be our beautiful morning.