Today I want to give a toast. A toast to family and friends who have made Silomasays happen. This is a toast to my Shujaaz, those who ensured I kept content flowing on this blog, those who made me work earnestly to make sure 246 articles are published on this blog. A toast to the Shujaaz who inspired me to write the 96 poems published here. My Shujaaz have helped me meet the blogs main goal and theme, ‘To inspire, motivate, encourage, rebuke and give hope to all the broken souls out there.’ Let me appreciate you today.
First and foremost, a toast to my mother, the first person to leave a comment on my blog. Her comment on March 3 2015 stayed lonely for a full 9 months. It read, ‘Impossibilities to man are possibilities to God, keep up and He will crown your efforts.’
A toast to my sister who beats me up with reality and treats me better than anyone else in this world.
A toast to my brother Haggai whose discipline I admire. One who has taught me to have this big heart for people.
A toast to my closest friends, Pam and Wahome who have motivated me to write and Don and Leo who have challenged me spiritually and have helped me dedicate this blog to Christ and serve its cause.
A toast to all Silomasays writers who make this blog possible, Mutanu of #MutanuChronicles (Mondays) Nash of #NashDiaries (Tuesdays), My Swazi friend Mcebo Metfula of #WickedWoman (Wednesdays), Leo of #DyingEmpty (Thursdays), Don of #MyRuggedPast (Fridays) and Ryan of the listicles #Verselists that publish fortnightly on Saturdays.
A toast to one @Moseax, a social media personality who effortlessly shared all my articles as soon as they got published. I salute you man. Josey Mras pia I appreciate your support sana.
A toast to my loyal fans, let me try to say them by name. (My apologies if I don’t mention you by name, know that you are still at heart) Lechy Nyambura, Waimani, Rose Ongila, Mr. Love, Gabriella Omia, Joy Nyambura, Sly Shiru, Susan Mbira, Yule Mosee, Babu Obi, Naomi Wang’ombe, Muge Kipchumba Alfred, Favor Wonders, Ean Ingalooler, Gideon Tipis, Chiama Anita, Floetry C, Najm Writes, Rota Dee. Phew! Let me catch a breath… Maggie, Kendi, Marto Mles, Viofranks Mumbi, Nelly, Zack Priest Oppah, Kez, Eve Awah, Beyond Becky, Peter Pages, The Kkrew and the CITAM Thika Road YP and Crossroads family.
A toast to commenters, my own mum, ranwapali, ireneann, Audrey, Allan Simbi, ivonne and Modern Mon who really shared your thought when I did the article, ‘When You Become A Slave of Your Blog.’
A toast to my crazy friends, the three musketeers Noel, Pete and Alexis (Bongo Man) It’s been long guys, let’s schedule another goat eating thingy.
A toast to my fellow bloggers. You guys give me the discipline and zeal to continue writing. Sandra Mwateni’s consistency at mwateni.wordpress.com is just inspiring. Check her on Wattpad too ChicPearl. Karwirwa Laura (karwirwalaura.com – love the new design. We came from far haha, remember karwirwalaura.wordpress.com?) Wesh Peter – I love your articles man though you have to be beaten to write (weshpeter.blogspot.co.ke) Anita Chiama, I stumbled across one of your articles and fell in love with it (justchiamazblog.wordpress.com). Wahome John, I really have to push you to write (wahomejohn.com). Meg Billionaire I just don’t know what happened (megbillionaire.wordpress.com) Nyambura Joy I salute you (nyambura101.blogspot.com) Eish bana Mister Left. I loved your post on Nairobi Chics (mister-left.com) You were supposed to win the SOMA awards. Babu Obi, I am so inspired on your discipline in writing. Keep up, the sky is not the limit (babuobi.wordpress.com). Beyond Becky its been long since I stopped by (beyondbecky.blogspot.com) Silvia Safari, kwani you stopped mentioning me on Twitter?
A toast to blogs I occasionally read, All hail the King (bikozulu.co.ke) yes, the secret to being a better writer is to continue writing. I am not an inch there but I will be there someday. You inspire me man. Renee on perfectly woman.We still have to discuss if you are a feminist or not(renee.co.ke). Mwanadada, guest blogging was fun, I sometimes peep to keep up, The African female voice mwanadada.com. Hapakenya.com has been my resource site. Kudos Wamathai.
A toast to BAKE to keep it stable despite the qualms and shots fired.
A toast to the Christian Writers WhatsApp group. Thank you for empowerment.
A toast to a friend Okumba Okumba for being amazingly huge in my life.
A toast to members of the Facebook group #JesusAllTheWay
A toast to the Kkrew Media Team for the support and love. It is always awesome working with you.
A toast to Njugush for always hyping the introductions, ‘This is Siloma, if He does your story…’
To Kkrew for giving me the platform to share, to serve and minister. Please follow kkrewbs.com too.
You at Kubamba offices and Kubamba Radio are just so amazing. Good job there. I have never been a fan of radio but since I tuned to Kubamba, I just got inspired. I love how you treat guests there. It was just humbling. Toast to you guys, Tawanda, Dj Sean, Nyawira Gachungi, Bubbles, Shawn, Moz, Christine, Dj GG, Mr. Mike Muema, all hail the EDM maestro, you remind me of T412 Album launch. And everyone else who works there, may you give your all in inspiring us.
A toast to all the requests for guest submissions on mail. (Am sorry I may not have published some due to these guidelines silomasays.com/guest-post) Renee Wangwe I might be giving you a column on relationships soon haha. And BTW anyone can submit to Silomasays, just visit silomasays.com/guest-post.
To my critics Don, Wahome, Pam and Leo. I won’t lie, sometimes I feel like kicking you in the balls but the truth always hurts.
Sometimes I love unwinding. A toast to my FIFA friends Frank, George, Titoh, Msanka, Logelu and Haggai for letting me thrash you clean Sheets. Thank you for being Good students since FIFA 2012 you have amazingly improved.
My other unwinding moments are spent doing music. Thanks to Rodney (the Conserve days, Hadds Men Band and Sisimka Music) Joab Odhiambo (Hadds Men Band and Sisimka Music) Noel Kimaru (Sisimka Music) and still making those runs and riffs at Kkrew Worship Team. Sly Shiru in the Sisimka Days and still worshipping in Kkrew Worship Team. Victor Mulli, thanks for teaching me how to play church music (though sinyiti any) thanks to Kenna and Freddy for playing in the background. Mwendwa for smiling as I do my pathetic runs on the keys and Sue for making the biggest joke ever introducing me as a pianist.
Thanks to Kkrew Worship Team. Reminds me of ‘The Wallace in my life’ haha. Hi Wallace? You guys do not know that most of my articles were written while sitting at the music hall’s couch. Talk of inspiration.
A toast to Pastor Sang’, Njugush and Eric Mwangi for advice and for fine tuning my vision. Haha this maybe a surprise. ChaoBaby for the gift of intepretation and for the guitar that still hurts my fingers.
To my Kkrew Small Group (Enlighters County) you guys are amazing. The love you have for each other is true. Thank you for sharing these articles and letting them minister to you.
I think I have spoken a lot. Why should I forget music? My all time hit, Ni Neema Yako – Karwirwa Laura ceases not to ring in my ears.
A moment of silence for Bianca. You cease not to run in my thoughts as I remember of how you ministered to me. I hope it is fun there in heaven.
This is to everyone who is reading this, I may not have mentioned you by name by KNOW that I have you at heart. You are the first person I think about when I open my editor. You do not know what it means to me when you visit this blog and decide to share to the larger population. To me numbers have never counted on this blog, if they did, I would have ceased writing years ago. My hope is that someone visits this blog and decide never to give up. I do all this for His glory and not mine. Tag a Shujaa you see mentioned here. Help me appreaciate all those who make this blog happen. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. I love you so much and thanks again. May God bless you abudantly. Keep tuned and download the Silomasays App from Google play for instant updates.