Yesterday, 6th August saw the 49th Independence of my country of origin Jamaica. Well known as being a former British colony, Jamaica is also famous as being the home of reggae and a rather popular tourist destination.
Despite all the bad press and derogatory views that people like to circulate about it and it’s inhabitants/diaspora, Jamaica has a lot to offer. Beautiful & rich landscape, stunning coastlines and a charming culture. When you actually visit Jamaica, you get to experience this plus the warmth of the people - and that isn’t me being bias. Real Jamaicans are an intelligent, hard-working and dutiful people all-to often overshadowed by the “yardie” image portrayed in this country.
I am proud and happy to have been brought up within a Jamaican-influenced household and although I am certainly a BBJ by definition, I also relate heavily to the culture of my parents, grandparents and ancestors.
I wish all my Jamaican and BBJ’s a very happy (if belated) Independence day and leave you with something from one of the country’s most famous exports - Robert Nesta Marley.
*Out of many, one people*