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Sweet sweet Jamaica, naah left yah

by Carolyn
(Clarendon, Jamaica)

Jamaica Independence Article/ Story Contest - Entry #14 - Sweet sweet Jamaica, naah left yah

On August 6th 1962 Jamaica gained independence from the United Kingdom and this resulted in personal handling of affairs of the nation with minimal supervision from the United Nation.
Every year, on this time, a collective effort is done in celebration.

August 6th 2022 is marked as a national holiday where most people are off work and is encouraged to join in and participate in the various social engagements that are implemented within this time.

Despite all that has happened to bring Jamaica into independence, there is not complete freedom from dependency and influence to make decision on behalf of the country and the people that resides here.

While I appreciate and celebrate Jamaica 60, I strongly believe the celebration will be greater when we are free from the leadership of the queen.

As an individual in my late forties, I can proudly say that Jamaica is a place that has great potential for a solid foundation and expansion in terms of our Heritage and culture. The annual festival song competition is very inspirational and is a great representation of how the nation's citizens express themselves in the form of music.

These songs are normally tailor-made to represent lifestyle in a tropical island, our food and the way it is prepared, way of dressing as well the legacy that is left for the generations to come etc.

Another thing that stood out over the years is the annual celebration to reflect the freedom that our National Heroes led us into as a people.

They implemented ways to fight and terminate freedom from slavery and oppression from the persons who were of different ethic groups and believed that they could use their power and authority to control and destroy the lives of others who are normally less fortunate.

I celebrate and live in the legacy and empowerment that was left as a result of the bravery demonstrated in the sojourn of our late heroes.

To conclude, our local dishes and cuisines are what excites me the most, I must admit I love to eat. Ever so often I pause to prepare my favourite delicacies for personal use as well as for relatives near and far.

On several occasions our relatives travel from other countries for vacation trips and ensured that they return home with supplies to include the following and this is just to name a few:
- Blue draws
- Gizzarda
- Drops
- Cornmeal pudding
- Greater cake
- Coconut
- Hassham
- Coconut biscuit

It can only get better for us as a nation, there is no place to undo the progress demonstrated over the years.

"No weh nuh betta than yard"

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