"THERE'S not an ounce of excitement. Not a whisper of a thrill," complained an ardent reader who brought to my attention the fact that my column was turning 10 years this year.
It is not as if I am not aware. I assume that everyone is conscious of this great accomplishment in the history of how our country and its people responded to the scourge of HIV-Aids.
That I have lived with HIV for nearly 20 years could be an excuse to throw a big party.
I am not bothered in the least by the obvious lack of enthusiasm around this issue because I am experienced enough to know that "umuntu ubongwa esefile".
The truth of the matter is that I did not venture into HIV-Aids activism for honour, glory and acknowledgement.
I did it out of pure love, compassion and commitment. It was an earnest attempt to alleviate the plight of millions of our people all over the world who were afflicted, silenced, terrified, vilified, discriminated against and who were helplessly dying at the brutal hands of a thankless and parasitic virus.
Even when I am dead, life will go on and people will forget because that is the nature of life.
I must be frank. I am truly appreciative that a few people have acknowledged my courage, they have shared my dream and have marvelled at how God's grace has been so kind as to allow a humble man like me to make a tangible difference in the infected and affected lives of millions of our people, irrespective of race, creed or colour.
I have done this without any fear, favour or prejudice.
Therefore, I am not despondent. Instead I am truly grateful that my resilience, courage and commitment have been consistent during the past 10 years. I suppose the greatest prize will be the discovery of a permanent cure for HIV in my lifetime.
Needless to say, I must express my sincere gratitude to each and everyone of you. I am grateful for your support and encouragement. This gave me strength when times were tough.
Ten years ago I took a decision to travel where the brave dare not go.
The impossible dream lives on. My will to live is as strong as it was when this column started .
Thank you very much.