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20 Popular Jamaicans Born In The Month Of December

by Deon Clarke | Associate Writer


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Photo: Reggae legend Toots Hibbert and his band, The Maytals Performing in Orange Country, California

Wow, what’s going on here! The month of December is just filled with greatness. To be born in this month is just truly remarkable. Were you born in the month of December? So many of Jamaica’s greats are born in this month. Let’s take a look at just 20 of them.
  1. J.C. Lodge (June Carol Lodge)– December 1, 1958
    Born in London to a Jamaican father and British mother, she was brought to Jamaica as a child and became a decorated British-Jamaican reggae singer, fine artist, and actress. Popularly known for 1982 hit single “Someone loves you, honey”.

  2. Edmund Bartlett – December 3, 1950
    Born in Westmoreland, he is a Jamaican politician and the current Minister of Tourism since 2016.

  3. Bruce Golding – December 5, 1947
    Born in Chapleton, Clarendon, he is a former Jamaican politician. He was the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 2005-2011 and was the 8th Prime Minister of Jamaica from 2007-2011 when he retired from politics.

  4. Mike McCallum – December 7, 1956
    Born in Kingston, he is a Jamaican former professional boxer whose career running from 1981-1997, holding championship titles in three weight classes:
    • 1984-1988 (WBA super welterweight title)
    • 1989-1991 (WBA middleweight title)
    • 1994-1995 (WBC light heavyweight title)

  5. Raheem Sterling – December 8, 1994
    Born in Kingston, he moved to London at the age of five and is an English professional football player, playing attacking midfielder for Manchester City (Premier League Club) and also the national team of England.

  6. Toots Hibbert – December 8, 1942
    Born in Clarendon, he was a Jamaican singer and songwriter and lead singer for the ska and reggae band -Toots and the Maytals. He was a true pioneer for reggae music with over six decades of committed service to the industry.

  7. Canibus (Germaine Williams) – December 9, 1974
    Born in Kingston, he is an American rapper who rose to fame in the 1990s for his superb ability to freestyle.

  8. Michael Manley, ON, OCC – December 10, 1924
    Born in St. Andrew, he was a Jamaican politician and a very charismatic leader who served three terms as Prime Minister of Jamaica during the period 1972 to 1980 and from 1989-1992. He was also Jamaica’s 4th Prime Minister and championed a democratic socialist program.

  9. Alia Atkinson – December 11, 1988
    Born in St. Andrew, she is best known as Jamaica’s swimming sensation. A retired Jamaican swimmer and five-time Olympian.

  10. Portia Simpson-Miller, ON – December 12, 1945
    Born in Wood Hall, St. Catherine, she is a retired Jamaican politician who served as the first female Prime Minister of Jamaica from March 2006 to September 2007 and from January 2012 to March 2016.

  11. Donovan Bailey – December 16, 1967
    Born in the parish of Manchester, he is a retired Jamaican-Canadian sprinter and Olympic Medalist who once held the world record for the 100 metres. He is the first Canadian to legally clock sub 10 in the 100m.

  12. Ricardo Powell – December 18, 1978
    Born in St. Elizabeth, he is a former Jamaican cricketer who played on the West Indies team at an international level and also represented the Jamaican and Trinidad and Tobago national cricket teams between 1997 and 2005.

  13. Alkaline (Earlan Bartley) – December 19,1993
    Born in Kingston, he is a Jamaican Dancehall and Reggae who is highly influential among the youths.

  14. Assassin or Agent Sasco (Jeffrey E. Campbell)– December 22, 1982
    Born in Kingston, he is a popular Jamaican dancehall deejay.

  15. Mutabaruka – December 26, 1952
    Born in Rae Town, Kingston, he is a Jamaican Rastafarian dub poet, musician, educator, actor, and talk show host. He was instrumental in the development of two of the most popular radio programmes in Jamaica- The Cutting Edge and Steppin Razor.

  16. Yohan Blake – December 26, 1989
    Born in St. James, he is a Jamaican Sprinter and Olympian, specializing in the 100m and 200m. He is the youngest ever 100m champion to have won gold at the 2011 World Athletics Championships.

  17. Burro Banton (Donovan Spalding) - December 27, 1956
    Born in Kingston, he is a Jamaican Reggae deejay who was popular in the mid-80s and 1990s. He was famous for his debut “Boom Wah Dis” on the “street sweeper” riddim.

  18. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, OD – December 27, 1986
    Born in Kingston, she is one of Jamaica’s track and field sprint stars and Olympians, specializing in the 60m, 100m, and 200m. Popularly called the “pocket rocket”, she is highly regarded and celebrated as one of the greatest sprinters of all time.

  19. Dalton Harris – December 29, 1993
    Born in Clarendon, Jamaican singer/songwriter, 2010 winner of the Digicel Rising Stars (local Jamaican talent show), Winner of UK X-Factor (2018). He is a true performer and singing sensation with a powerful voice.

  20. Ben Johnson – December 30, 1961
    Born in Trelawny, he is a Jamaican-Canadian former sprinter who during 1987-1988 held the title of the world’s fastest man by breaking the 100m and the 60m indoor World Records.
Wow. So much greatness! Seems to me like if you are a Jamaican born in December, you’re likely to be a politician, a musician, or an athlete. Lol. Another amazing month with amazing people.

I also recommend you read, Fun Facts and World Records About Jamaica | Sports, Music, Culture and More!.

Regards,
DC

References:
  • Famous People's 🎂 Birthdays, December, Jamaica Celebrity Birthdays, Born Glorious, https://www.bornglorious.com/jamaica/birthday/?pd=12
  • Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki

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