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Top 30 Most Famous People From Jamaica
The True World Beaters
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Yes, there are thousands of world famous people from Jamaica - although some are more famous than others.
But I have to admit, I really marveled at the number of Jamaicans I
found that are world true beaters when conducting this research. I mean those that have overcome the odds to make it, and make it grand on the world stage.
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Considering also that we are still under 3 million people-only approximately 1/7th the size of New York, this is truly an amazing feat!
They sprung up from varying backgrounds, although many are who we consider 'grassroot' Jamaicans, or those whose families were not from the esteemed class.
The most readily identified are perhaps the musicians, led by Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley), but there are scores of other individuals who truly made our little rock proud.
The list includes:
- Athletes and Sport Coordinators,
- Business People,
- Students eg. Jodian Maxwell
- and of course politicians.
Below is My Top 30 list (sorted alphabetically), of the most famous people from Jamaica or those with Jamaican heritage.
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OK, enough of my chatter, here you go!
- Asafa Powell, Athletic Sprinter
- Bob Marley, Reggae Musician
- Buju Banton, Reggae DJ
- "Butch" Stewart, Businessman
- Carla Campbell, Model
- Chris Blackwell, President & CEO Of Island Records And Palm Pictures, NYC.
- Claude Mckay, Writer
- Courtney Walsh, Record Breaking Test Cricketer
- Donald Quarrie, Jamaican 200 Metre Gold Medalist
- Donovan Bailey, Jamaica-Born Canadian, World Champion Sprinter
- Edward Seaga, Former Prime Minister
- Edna Manley, Artist/Sculptor
- Edward Baugh, Poet
- Jimmy Cliff, Reggae Musician
- Jody-Anne Maxwell, Winner Of The Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition
- Linford Christie, World Champion Sprinter
- Lennox Lewis, World Champion Boxer
- Louise Bennett-Coverly, Poet and Cultural Icon
- Marcus Garvey, Political Activist
- Merlene Ottey, Athletic Sprinter
- Michael Lee-Chin, Chairman/CEO of AIC Ltd. & Chairman of NCB Jamaica
- Michael Manley, Former Prime Minister
- Mike Mccallum, Champion Boxer
- P. J. Patterson, Former Prime Minister
- Patrick Ewing, Jamaica-Born American, Former NBA Star
- Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister
- Sean Paul, Reggae Singer
- Shaggy, Reggae Singer and Songwriter
- Steve Bucknor, International Cricket Umpire &
- Usain Bolt, Jamaican Sprinter!
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'Dem mek wi proud'!
- Peter Sloley
- Harry Belavonte
- Trevor Williams
- Dr. Henry Lowe
- Kwame Dawes
- Una Clarke -Tomlinson
- Alrick Brown
- Louie Rankine
- Maurice Ashley
- we say in Jamaican Creole.
Wikipedia also has an nicely extended and categorized list of famous people from Jamaica. Take a look at them HERE [opens in a new window].
I noticed they have a list of popular Jamaican Americans [if you care] as well. Take a peek at them right here as well.
Look out world, you may just be seeing my name appearing on this prestigious list of famous people from Jamaica soon. I hope. [SMILE!]
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