Meet the


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Ahmad Mahdi 
aka Sonny Thomas
Author| Presenter| Facilitator | Veteran | Black Business Owner

Ahmad Mandla Mahdi is honored and excited to help families protect their legacy.  He is the author of A Living Legacy of Precious Memories, What I Want to Tell My Grandchildren, From Maleness to Manhood – A Survival Guide for Black Males, Empowering Self and Others, Come  With Us to Senegal, Come With Us to Mexico, Vocab-u-listen (Level 1 & 2) – a vocabulary skill-building workbook, and co-author of Come With Us to Egypt and Come With Us to Puerto Rico.


Mahdi, who also uses the pen name of Sonny Thomas in several other publications, was born in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated from Florida A&M University with a B.A. in Sociology and received a commission as a second lieutenant and went on to attain the rank of Captain in the U.S. Armed Forces. He has achieved the level of 3rd degree black belt in Matsubayashi-ryu Shorin-ru and is currently employed as a social worker. He has been married to Khadijah for 33 years, they have six grown children and 17 grandchildren.


One of his major interests at this point in his life is in constructing and leaving a legacy that his children and grandchildren will be proud of and can build on. His proudest accomplishment has been establishing the Return the Favor Family Credit Union, a ‘Family Credit Union’ named after the family’s business: Return the Favor Home Care. Credit union membership is comprised of his children and their family.