We Bajans – Kemar Saffrey

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll chatting with President and Founder of the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society Kemar Saffrey (far right), at Buckingham Palace, where he received the Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence. (GP) If there is one Bible verse that describes the divine calling of President and Founder of the Barbados Vagrants and Homeless Society (BVHS), Kemar Saffrey, Deuteronomy …

We Bajans – Ada Straughn

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Retired educator Ada Straughn receives a Barbados Jubilee Honour from Prime Minister Freundel Stuart at Government House last Wednesday. (A.Miller/BGIS) Former students readily describe educator Ada Straughn as the “Head Mistress of Head Mistresses”, “a potent figure” in the shaping of their identity who set a “fine example” by her leadership. Others add that she has fulfilled the words in …

We Bajans – Sir Philip Greaves

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If there is one politician who remembers the days leading up to this island’s Independence and the early thrust towards national development, that man is Sir Philip Greaves, Knight of St. Andrew and a former Deputy Prime Minister. Indelibly etched in Sir Philip’s mind is his contribution as a delegate to the Constitutional Conference held in London in 1966. He …

We Bajans – Anthony ‘Gabby’ Carter

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The story and controversial issues of early Barbados, from Emmerton, Riots in De Land, Burn Mr. Harding, to Jack, were all recorded in this island’s history books by The Mighty Gabby. In the same vein, he challenged what was considered “traditional calypso” with masterpieces like Wuk Up and Ole Ashe, both of which earned him a Calypso Crown in 2000 and 2010, …

We Bajans – Dr. Jean Holder

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Dr. Jean Holder receiving the Governor General’s Lifetime Award for his contribution to NIFCA from then Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands. (GP) Dr. Jean Holder is well known throughout the region for his pioneering work in tourism and diplomacy. However, many may not know the critical role he played in Barbados’ Independence story. His part in the birth of this …

We Bajans – Sister Magrita Marshall

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She is affectionately called Barbados’ ‘Queen of Gospel’, but unknown to many, Sister Magrita Marshall has experienced a life marked by struggle and hardship. This may also come as a surprise as one of her many philosophies in life is ‘in everything there will be negatives and positives’, and she chooses to focus solely on the latter. The now 77-year-old …

We Bajans – Dame Billie Antoinette Miller

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Looking back – Dame Billie Miller being sworn in following the 1981 General Election by then Governor General, the late Sir Deighton Ward. Also pictured is the late Prime Minister Tom Adams. (FP) Dame Billie Antoinette Miller has had very successful careers in law and politics but she will be the first to tell you that she chose neither of …

We Bajans – Surfing Sensation Chelsea Tuach

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Surfer Chelsea Tuach. (J.Weekes/BGIS) The Soup Bowl at Bathsheba, St. Joseph, has attracted many surfing superstars from all over the world. It is therefore no wonder that it is also the favourite spot of Barbadian surfing sensation, Chelsea Tuach. From age eight, Chelsea knew she wanted to surf. She recalled that growing up, her father and brothers would surf every …