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JAMAICA’S NATIONAL HONOURS AND AWARDS

JAMAICA’S NATIONAL HONOURS AND AWARDS   On the third Monday of October in each year, Jamaica commemorates National Heroes Day and the nation takes time out to honour those who have given exemplary service. On this day, these individuals are bestowed with national honours and awards in recognition of their…

THE HON. LOUISE BENNETT COVERLEY – HER AWARDS

Louise Bennett Coverley received numerous honours and awards for her work in Jamaican literature and theatre. In recognition of her achievements, Harbourfront Centre, a non-profit, cultural organisation in Toronto, Canada, has a venue called Miss Lou’s Room and the University of Toronto is home to the Louise Bennett Exchange Fellowship…

THE HON. LOUISE BENNETT COVERLEY – HER MARRIAGE

  Miss Lou was spotted by actor and talent scout, Eric Coverley, while she performed at a prize-giving concert at her alma mater, Excelsior High School, in 1939. After the concert, she was congratulated by Coverley and invited to perform at the annual Christmas concert at the Ward Theatre. She…

THE HON. LOUISE BENNETT COVERLEY – HER WORK EXPERIENCE

THE HON. LOUISE BENNETT COVERLEY – HER WORK EXPERIENCE Louise Bennett Coverley hosted two radio programmes for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) while in England  – Caribbean Carnival (1945–1946) and West Indian Night (1950). She later worked for the Jamaica Social Welfare Commission from 1955 to 1959 and taught folklore…

THE HON. LOUISE BENNETT COVERLEY – HER EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

THE HON. LOUISE BENNETT COVERLEY – HER EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND Louise Bennett Coverley attended Ebenezer and Calabar Primary Schools, continuing to St. Simon’s College and Excelsior College, in Kingston. In 1943, she enroled at Friends College in Highgate, St Mary, where she studied Jamaican Folklore. She was awarded a scholarship from…

THE HON. LOUISE BENNETT COVERLEY

THE HON. LOUISE BENNETT COVERLEY Louise Simone Bennett Coverley (Miss Lou), OM, OJ, MBE, was born on September 7, 1919 on North Street in Kingston, Jamaica, the only child of Augustus Cornelius Bennett, the owner of a bakery in Spanish Town, and Kerene Robinson, a dressmaker. She was an iconic poet, folklorist, writer,…

JAMAICAN PROVERBS

Jamaican Proverbs Proverbs are brief, didactic statements which express some basic truth and form an important element in oral culture. They also play an important role in written literature. Tanner (1984) notes that “in literature proverbs are often used to characterize a figure or to summarize neatly a situation.” Some…

A HISTORY OF THE PARISH OF PORTLAND

  A HISTORY OF THE PARISH OF PORTLAND   By Damian Shirley   The parish of Portland and its capital, Port Antonio, has always seemed delayed in its development in comparison to other Jamaican parishes and their capitals. This was evident in the year the parish was created, as well…

TAINO AREYTO DAY AT THE TAINO HERITAGE CAMP, ST. MARY

The African Caribbean Institute of Jamaica/Jamaica Memory Bank (ACIJ/JMB) and National Museums Jamaica (NMJ), divisions of the Institute of Jamaica (IOJ), teamed up and participated in the Taino Areyto Day held at the Taino Heritage Camp in Oracabessa, St Mary, on May 31, 2017. The divisions erected a joint display…