As the pages of this new dawn unfold, my heart is filled with gratitude for all your birthday wishes, it means the world to me.

The story of Life continues and the spirit of gratitude creates more room for happiness.

I have pinched myself over and over again, I feel too young to be 52 .

I woke this morning feeling so excited to embrace the blessings of this moment. 

And deep within me – The Spirit of gratitude creates room for more happiness 

Deep within me – is a child, excited by the beauty of places, people, situations and adventures. 

Deep within me are the imperfections that sometimes stain the footprints of humanity, for I am only human. 

As the pages of this new dawn unfold , I want to remind each and everyone that I love you (no matter who you are ). The irony sometimes is that we do not need to like someone to love them. There is wisdom in accepting and embracing all shades of humanity so let us embrace all voices. 

At 52, there are three great lessons I have learnt in recent years and I believe these three lessons have lived within me for a very long time.

The first lesson is that , A lot of the time we have nothing much to prove in life than do the right thing,be good to people , be the change we want to see in society, but most importantly – AIM TO BE THR VERY BEST VERSIONS OF OURSLEVES. 

In todays world, you will be amazed to know that a lot of people really struggle to be themselves. 

Take time to know yourself, love yourself and embrace the energy that makes you happy. 

There is only one you and there is so much you can give to life once you discover who you are and your purpose . So what are you waiting for? The world is waiting to hear your song. 

Do not be a follower, Be the Leader who is able to look within and embrace the beauty that the world needs, In simple terms – BE YOURSELF – YOUR SONG IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS. 

The 2ndlesson is that the spirit of happiness starts from within you. 

It starts from your thoughts and then your feelings and then your actions. 

What makes you happy? What feeds your special spirit with a sense of fulfilment ? What makes you so excited to wake up in the morning ? 

Now is the time to discover more about your inner self and the things that make you happy. Now is the time to start to feed your mind with the blessings of happy thought. The truth is that the more we begin to live though the journey of happy thoughts, the more we become motivated to embrace the beauty of life challenges and uncertainties. 

The third lesson is a very important one – THE SPIRIT OF GRATITUDE IN LIFE CREATES ROOM FOR MORE BLESSINGS. 

Be grateful for life , Be grateful for little things and cultivate a mindset within you with gratitude. The truth is that the spirit of gratitude also enables us to be more happier people. 

Our gratitude in life must also be extended to our prayers. I personally believe that one of the most important prayers is a prayer of gratitude. 

Start your prayer with a “thank you ” and end your day with a “thank you “

Take time to appreciate the simple things of life and be thankful – FOR GRATITUDE CREATES ROOM FOR MORE BLESSINGS .




Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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