Happy 50th Birthday Jamaica!
Today, August 6th, Jamaica celebrate 50 years of political independence from Britain!
For some, independence was a time of, sort of adulthood, coming of age, but for many it was another important step in our freedom journey, continuing from the proclamation of emancipation on August 1, 1834.
We've had our challenges but we have also endured, in fact, more than that, we've achieved much. These include significant headways in press freedom, women empowerment, world class products (music, coffee, rum), world class athletes etc, etc.
It's total jubilation here and the Jamaican spirit is high, moreso because this jubilee coincides with the triumph of our athletes at the Olympics in London; almost everyone I see are in their national colours.
I am almost sure that you too, whereever you are, is probably feeling this vibe too :-)
As I type this tributes are flowing through from all quarters including other national states but I think it's also a time for renewal and reflection as we prepare for another 50 years.
I strongly believe that this is a pivotal moment in our nation's history and what we do here, how we interpret this, could very well determine where we are in the next 50.
Janae sums it up nicely in her winning Jamaica50 poem - "Jamaica Land I Love".
My personal wish for us? That we may uphold the rights of our people and provide more opportunities for them, recognize the value and contribution of our country on the international landscape, identify and work on addressing our weaknesses and capitalizing on our strength areas.
May God continue to bless Jamaica land we love!
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