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by Latoya Ellis
(Portmore, St Catherine, Jamaica)


In a year when we are said to be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica's independence, It is only a pity we have quite a few unfortunate events that happened, but we still have a great deal to be thankful for. We have achieved so much in the last 50 years, and it is my honour to remind our visitors of some of them.


Jamaica has become one of the leading tourist destinations as we have some of the finest hotels, great customer service, great attractions, friendly people, THE BEST food, and of course THE BEST BEACHES. Your first experience here will definitely not be your last.

In the year 1963, Jamaican Carol Joan Crawford was chosen Miss World, the first Jamaican to be awarded this title.

April 21, 1966 His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia arrived in Jamaica for a 3 days state visit.

In 1968 Air Jamaica was established

1986 - Mother Theresa of India visited Jamaica

1991 - Nelson Mandela visited for 2 days

1998 - The Reggae Boyz were the first English Speaking Caribbean to qualify for the World Cup.

2003 - Emancipation Park was created

2009 - Usain Bolt broke the world record and become the fastest man on earth, also gaining 56 Olympic medals and 89 medals
at the World Championships in the last 50 years.We are now anticipating a 1-2-3 at this year's Olympic game with favourites Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt in the line up for the men's 100m - We also have other favourites like Veronica Campbel-Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Melaine Walker, and of course others. Don't be surprised if this year becomes the MOST memourable of all Olympic years for Jamaica, well that's my wish.


2012 - Politicians (PNP Councillors) face questions about lotto scam - A very serious issue that is damaging the image of Jamaica. If they are guilty they should be punished to let others know they are not above the law.

2012 - Member of Parliament calls another Member of Parliament a fish - been called a fish in Jamaica is interpreted to mean the person is a homosexual.

2012 - Dance hall artist Buju Banton was sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking.

2012 - Christopher "Dudus" Coke, leader of the "Shower Posse gang was given a US jail term of 23 years for drug trafficking.

But behind every storm, there must be a calm. We are known to be little but tallawah (small but strong), so we will without a doubt overcome the challenges.

That's if we put God first. Thank you.

Happy Jamaica50th!

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Jul 24, 2012
This is nice!
by: Anonymous

I really didn't know so much about this country. It was informative, to the point, and very nice!!! All the best!!!!!!!

Jul 24, 2012
by: Melissa Hall

Very informative, I like the fact that you also highlighted our short comings although they are thing we certainly aren't proud of. We need to be reminded of the mistakes we made in the past, so that we don't have them recurring in the future.

All the best

Jul 24, 2012
Factual.... and Fabulous
by: Duke

Wow, I really liked this...concise but full of information!Thank you for reminding us of these facts about Jamaica Land We Love!!!
Great Job!!

Jul 24, 2012
by: Anonymous

Very informative, truthful...and well put together. I like it...

Jul 24, 2012
by: Anonymous

Good luck.

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