Unending Thanks

There was another barrier that was broken on November 5, 2008; it was inspired by the momentous cultural one for the United States of America. It rode on the back of the far-reaching importance of the election of the first African-American President. And with it's embodiment of a new dawn, it urged an awakening and unleashing of uncharacteristic courage. The launch of Mama Shujaa!

Since the launch, I have redirected my focus from thinking to doing; blogging, disciplining my writing; creating a habit that will eventually bring into being, bits and pieces of my soul. What has lain dormant in the somewhat robotic existence that has obstinately guarded my immigrant life for so many years.

I am thankful for the astounding amount of dynamism in this blogosphere, a meeting point of diverse minds and collective voices. I am thankful for the generosity of spirit I have encountered. I am thankful for the inspiration.

Exceptional thanks go to everyone who has read and followed my blog from the very beginning. I am grateful, and to you I say a Big Asante Sana!

Thank you Cynthia from Oasis Writing Link for presenting me with the Best Blog Thinker Award. The award's creator, B. J. Roan, writes that:

"This award acknowledges the values that every Blogger displays in their effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary, and personal values with each message they write. Awards like this have been created with the intention of promoting community among Bloggers. It’s a way to show appreciation and gratitude for work that adds value to the Web.”

I would like to pass this award to the following bloggers:

Rose-Anne at Currents Between Shores, for her intense intellectual quickies that come in handy;

Dr. Maithri at The Soaring Impulse, a gifted poet, and a selfless humanitarian who is currently in Swaziland working with HIV communities;

Denford at Denford Magora's Zimbabwe Blog, for reminding us not to give up the fight;

Shiko-Msa at Wanjiku Unlimited who constantly grants us fresh and bold interpretations of life in Kenya; and

to A Cuban In London for his deeply insightful posts.

Asante to all once again. I hope you will find time to visit these wonderful blogs.


Mama Shujaa.


  1. you deserve this and more darlin'! have a BEAUTIFUL week-end... xxx j

  2. Well, I can't think of a greater honor, Mama Shujaa. I honestly never thought I would make such strong connections in the blogosphere and I truly didn't think I'd encounter writing as beautiful and moving as yours amongst the often silly stuff that clogs the Internet. So I am grateful for the recognition but also very grateful for having had the opportunity to experience your writing.

    Vielen Dank, merci beaucoup, mesi. . .R-A

  3. Great to hear that the Mama Shujuaa-you, has broken through the thinking to the doing barrier!(You must mean writing? I think you are a doer!) I enjoy your blog and will visit the blogs I'm unfamiliar with -Denford and Shiko- Msa...Dr. Maithri and Cuban are both great bloggers. <3

  4. Thanks for the award, it is the very first award I have ever got!!

  5. Congratulations on your award! I’m glad to see you’ve connected with Cynthia and A Cuban in London too. You are such a natural blogger that it seems like you’ve been at it longer than 5 months. You took good inspiration.

  6. Many, many, many thanks for honouring me with such prestigious award. And I can see that I am in good company, too ;-). It makes me even prouder coming from you. Keep up the good work!

    Greetings from London.

  7. Big congratulations to you! Keep up the good work!

  8. Hi!! I've been away from blogging for a short while. Great to read your words, Mama. Isn't it great to break out of that thinking mode to actually doing it!?!!! Way to go!!
    Todd in Santa Fe

  9. Thanks so much Mama. I hope this award snaps me back from some massive blogger's block that I've been suffering of late. After Easter travels I hope to bounce back and write some. Thanks one again.

  10. Karibu [You are welcome]; Asante [Thanks] and Hongera [Congrats] !!!

  11. It's wonderful to have you and your lovely writing as part of the blogosphere!


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