I don't have brown thumbs in gardening usually. I can grow flowers, shrubs and vegetables with a reasonable degree of success. But African violets? I think my thumbs there are dark brown. I've never had much success at all with them.
This one is not mine. It actually belongs to my son who was given it as part of a birthday present from his MIL, seven months ago. I kept it going for him for months at Killara. It sat on my lap in the van on top of several boxes when we moved here three months ago. I think I must have just the right spot for it. While I can usually keep them alive, they don't bloom. This hasn't stopped blooming since he was given it.