Onandi Lowe - International Soccer Player
• Born Onandi Lowe in 1974
• Also known as “Nandi”
• Best known as a prolific forward.
• Scored 27 goals in 65 international appearances and was known as a free-kick specialist.
•Caribbean Cup winner: 1998
• Appeared at the 1998 FIFA World Cup Lowe played the entire 90 minutes in an historic win over Japan (2-1), as well as the opening loss to Croatia (3-1).
• A-League champion: 2000 with Rochester Raging Rhinos
• Football League Third Division champion: 2002–03 with Rushden & Diamonds (hitting 49 goals in 90 league games for the club).
• Also played for the following teams/clubs, Harbour View, Montreal Impact (Canadian), Richmond Kickers (American), Kansas City Wizards (American), Port Vale (English) and Coventry City (England).
• Arrested in 2005 by British Police on drug charges. He was later cleared of the charges, dismissed for lack of evidence
• Arrested and charged in St Catherine in December 2007 for possession of marijuana for which he paid a small fine.
• Played for Portmore United, Miami FC, and Arnett Gardens before he retired in 2008.
• His son, Damian Lowe, following in his father's footsteps played at Camperdown High School and for Harbour View in Jamaica before coming to the US to play at the University of Hartford and Reading United, one of the top feeder clubs in the PDL.
• After three years at the University of Hartford, Damian was drafted eighth in the MLS Super Draft in 2014, one of three Jamaicans chosen in the first ten selections.
Rachel Stuart - Former Ms Jamaica Universe
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Jody Annne Maxwell - Spelling Bee Champian
• Born Jody-Anne Maxwell in 1986
• Winner of the 1998 Scripps National Spelling Bee at age twelve.
• Made history as the first non-American to win the competition.
• Maxwell qualified for the Scripps competition by winning Jamaica's National Spelling Bee Championship that same year.
• Her sister Janice Maxwell had also won Jamaica's National Spelling Bee Championship in 1990.
• Later went on to host the local Jamaican program The KFC Quiz Show.
• Was a contestant on Nickelodeon's game show “Figure it Out” in 1998.
Nadine Sutherland - Child Superstar & Musical Icon
Children who complete their education in Jamaica are often ahead of the American School System. The curriculum is so advanced that when an average primary school student from Jamaica enters high school in America, they are often ahead of the class. An average child in Jamaica will complete high school education between the ages of 15-16 years, since the average Jamaicans is admitted to high school at age ten.
After emancipation the West Indian Commission granted a sum of money to establish Elementary Schools, now known as All Age Schools. Most of these schools were established by the churches. This was the genesis of the modern Jamaican school system.
Early childhood – Basic, Infant and privately operated pre- school, age cohort 2 – 5 years. However, children who are potty trained early is allowed to enter the basic school program before age two. The basic school system in Jamaica is heavily geared towards early education, it is not a typical daycare environment.
Primary – Publicly and privately (Preparatory) owned schools, ages 5 – 12 years. The Caribbean based exam (GSAT) is administered to students from age 10-12, if successful students are able to graduate and attend the secondary school of their choice. Therefore a large percentage of students actually enter the secondary school level at age 10.
Secondary (High) – Publicly and privately owned. Ages 10 – 18 years. The high schools in Jamaica may be either single-sex or co-educational institutions, and many schools follow the traditional English grammar school model used throughout the British West Indies. Due to a large percentage of students entering secondary school at age 10, the average age that students graduate from High School in Jamaica is age 16. However, the student can opt to re-enter high school (sixth form) and complete an additional two years of college level classes, commonly referred to as advanced level (A Level) courses.
Tertiary – Community Colleges, Teachers’ Colleges with The Mico Teachers' College (now The MICO University College) being the oldest founded in 1836,The Shortwood Teachers' College (which was once an all-female teacher training institution), Vocational Training Centres, Colleges and Universities – Publicly and privately owned. There are five local universities namely: The University of the West Indies (Mona Campus); the University of Technology, Jamaica formerly The College of Art Science and Technology (CAST); the Northern Caribbean University formerly West Indies College; the University College of The Caribbean and the International University of the Caribbean. Typical student will enter college at 17-18 years. Bachelor degrees in the arts, social or natural sciences average 3 years, therefore a typical full time college student would complete a degree by age 20-21.
There are many community and teacher training colleges. Education is free from basic to primary level. There are also opportunities for those who cannot afford further education in the vocational arena through the Human Employment and Resource Training-National Training Agency (HEART Trust-NTA) programme and through an extensive scholarship network for the various universities.
Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh greeted by school children in Jamaica in 1953 Jamaica was still a British colony when the Queen visited in 1953.
The emancipation of the slaves heralded in the establishment of the Jamaican education system for the masses. Prior to emancipation there were few schools for educating locals. Many sent their children off to England to access quality
was born in The Bronx, New York City, the daughter of Valerie, a professor and educational consultant, and Earl Washington, a real estate broker. Her father's family is African American, from South Carolina and Brooklyn, and her mother's family is Jamaican American, from Manhattan; Washington has said that her mother is from a "mixed-race background but from Jamaica, so she is partly English and Scottish and Native American, but also descended from African slaves in the Caribbean". She is related to former secretary of state Colin Powell through her mother.
is of Jamaican and Bahamian ancestry and has three older brothers. He has five children from four previous relationships. On July 19, 2008, he married then law school graduate Kristin Thompson in Dallas, Texas. She is the mother of his sixth child.
was born in Streatham, South London, the daughter of Jamaican-born dancer Valerie Morris. In accordance with her mother's wishes, Campbell has never met her father, who abandoned her mother when she was four months pregnant and was unnamed on her birth certificate. She took on the surname Campbell from her mother's second marriage. Her half-brother, Pierre, was born in 1985. Campbell is of African-Jamaican descent, as well as of Chinese Jamaican ancestry through her paternal grandmother, who carried the family name Ming.
She's 26yrs Old With Jamaican Roots From Miami FL. Keyshia Has Done Styling Work For Hip Hop Celebrities As Well As MTV & BET. But Her Big Break Came From The Lead Role In Timberland's "Say Something" Music Video Featuring "Drake". She's Also Done Videos For Young Jeezy "Loose My Mind" & Gucci Mane "911". 2010 Was A Wonderful Year For Keyshia & Ended Being Crowned XXL Magazine's Eye Candy Model Of The Year. 2011 Has Kicked Off With The Launch Of Her New Lip Stick Line Called "Secret Kisses". Keisha Is Definitely Staying Relevant & On Her Grind So Look For Even Bigger Things To Pop Off For Her.
From the hit series Prison Break is of multiethnic origin: his father is of African-American, Jamaican, English, German, Jewish, and Cherokee background, and his mother is of Russian, French, Dutch, Syrian, and Lebanese ancestry. He has stated, "My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either, which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, at times, caught between two communities."
SHE BEGAN HER CAREER on The Cosby Show at the age of four, and since then she has never looked back. Music star Alicia Auguello Cook, better known as Alicia Keys, was born on January 25, 1981 in Manhattan, New York City. She is of mixed ancestry and ethnicity. Her father, Craig Cook, is a former flight attendant of African American and Jamaican extraction, while her mother, Teresa Augello, a former paralegal and part-time actress, is of Italian, Scottish and Irish background.
Junkanoo is a street parade with music which occurs in many towns across The Bahamas every Boxing Day (December 26), New Year's Day and, more recently, in the summer on the island of Grand Bahama. The largest Junkanoo parade happens in Nassau, the capital. There are also Junkanoo parades in Miami in June and Key West in October, where the local black American populations have their roots in the Bahamas. In addition to being a culture dance for the Garifuna people, this type of dancing is also performed in Jamaica on Independence day and other historical holidays.
The origin of the word "junkanoo" is rather obscure. Some people believe it comes from the French "L'inconnu" which means "the unknown," in reference to the masks worn by the paraders. Junkanoo may have West African origins, as the costumes and conduct of the masqueraders bear similarities with the Yoruba Egungun festivals.
It is believed that this festival began during the 16th and 17th centuries. The slaves in The Bahamas were given a special holiday around Christmas time when they would be able to leave the plantations to be with their family and celebrate the holidays with African dance, music, and costumes. After emancipation, this tradition continued, and junkanoo has evolved from its simple origins to a formal, more organized parade with sophisticated, intricate costumes, themed music, and incentive prizes.
Parades in Nassau are judged in various categories; A (or Major) Category, the B Category, Individual costume, and fun groups. The A category groups involved in the Nassau Junkanoo include The Valley Boys, The Music Makers, Roots, Saxons, One Family and The Prodigal Sons. Groups of the past include The Vikings and Chippie and the Boys. In the B category, groups include The Redland Soldiers, Colours Entertainment, Fancy Dancers, Original Congos, Conquerors for Christ, and Body of Christ Crusaders. Fun groups include The Pigs, Sting, and Barabbas & The Tribe.
The Obeah is a West Indian religion of folklore and magic. Obeah (sometimes spelled Obi, Obea or Obia) is a term used in the West Indies to refer to folk magic,sorcery, and religious practices derived from West African, and specifically Igbo origin. Obeah is similar to other African derived religions including Palo, Vodou, Santería, rootwork, and most of all hoodoo. Obeah is practiced is Suriname, Jamaica,Trinidad and Tobago, Dominica, Guyana, Barbados, Grenada, Belize,The Bahamas and other Caribbean countries. Obeah is associated with both benign and malignant magic, charms, luck, and with mysticism in general. In some Caribbean nations, Obeah refers to folk religions of the African diaspora. In some cases, aspects of these folk religions have survived through syncretism with Christian symbolism and practice introduced by European colonials and slave owners. Casual observation may conclude that Christian symbolism is incorporated into Obeah worship, but in fact may represent clandestine worship and religious protest.
The History of The Obeah ...
The term 'obeah' is first found in documents from the early 18th century, as in its connection to Nanny of the Maroons, but discussion of it becomes more frequent after it was made illegal in Jamaica after Tacky's War, in which an obeah man provided advice to the rebels.
In 1787 a letter to an English newspaper referred to "Obiu-women" interpreting the wishes of the dead at the funeral of a murdered slave in Jamaica: a footnote explained the term as meaning "Wise-women".
A continuing source of white anxiety related to Obeah was the belief that practitioners were skilled in using poisons, as mentioned in Matthew Lewis's Journal of a West India Proprietor. An anti-Obeah law passed in Barbados in 1818 specifically forbade the possession of "any poison, or any noxious or destructive substance". A doctor who examined the medicine chest of an Obeah man arrested in Jamaica in 1866 identified white arsenic as one of the powders in it, but could not identify the others. The unnamed correspondent reporting this affirmed "The Jamaica herbal is an extensive one, and comprises some highly poisonous juices, of which the Obeah men have a perfect knowledge."
During the mid 19th century the appearance of a comet in the sky became the focal point of an outbreak of religious fanatical millennialism among the Myal men of Jamaica. Spiritualism was at that time sweeping the English-speaking nations as well, and it readily appealed to those in the Afro-Caribbean diaspora, as spirit contact, especially with the dead, is an essential part of many African religions.
During the conflict between Myal and Obeah, the Myal men positioned themselves as the "good" opponents to "evil" Obeah. They claimed that Obeah men stole people's shadows, and they set themselves up as the helpers of those who wished to have their shadows restored. Myal men contacted spirits in order to expose the evil works they ascribed to the Obeah men, and led public parades which resulted in crowd-hysteria that engendered violent antagonism against Obeah men. The public "discovery" of buried Obeah charms, presumed to be of evil intent, led on more than one occasion to violence against the rival Obeah men.
Laws were passed that limited both Obeah and Myal traditions but due to the outrages perpetrated by the mobs of Myalists, the British government of Jamaica sent many Myal men to prison, and this, along with the failure of their millennialist prophecies.
The Origin of The Obeah ...
In parts of the Caribbean where Obeah existed, slaves were taken from a variety of African nations with differing spiritual practices and religions. It is from these arrivals and their spiritualisms that Obeah originates. The theory of origin that is most accepted and is supported by the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute database traces obeah to the dibia or obia (Igbo: doctoring) traditions of the Igbo people. Specialists in Obia (also spelled Obea) were known as Ndi Obia (Igbo: Obia people) and practiced the same activities as the obeah men and women of the Caribbean like predicting the future and manufacturing charms. Among the Igbo there were oracles known as ọbiạ which were said to be able to talk. Parts of the Caribbean where Obeah was most active imported a large number of its slaves from the Igbo dominated Bight of Biafra. In another theory, the Efik language is the root of obeah where the word obeah comes from the Efik ubio meaning 'a bad omen'. The last theory of the origin of Obeah lies with the Ashanti who called their priests (or Obayifoɔ) practices Obayie(Akan: witchcraft). There is also evidence of Akan names among Obeah men of the Caribbean in the 17th and 18th centuries.The Akan origin of Obeah has been criticised by several writers with an Igbo origin thought to be more likely. However, in colonies where Bight of Biafra slaves were less represented and Akan were plenty (Suriname and Guyana), Obeah is thought to be more of a mixture of Akan beliefs. aincorporated various beliefs from the religions of later migrants to the colonies it was present. Obeah also influenced other religions in the Caribbean, e.g. Christianity which incorporated some Obeah beliefs.
Obeah in Trinidad and Tabago ...
One aspect of Obeah that is familiar to Trinidad and Tobago, though not all other nations where Obeah is practiced, is the Moko-Jumbie, or stilt dancer. Moko was a common word for Ibibio slaves. In the Trinidad and Tobago Obeah tradition. A Douen is a child who has died before being baptized, and is said to be forced to forever walk the earth at night in English-speaking regions of the Caribbean. Jewelry is made from deadly toxic red and black seeds called jumbies, jumbie eyes or jumbie beads (seeds of Abrus precatorius containing the lethal AB toxin abrin) in the Caribbean and South America. By contrast, the moko-jumbie of Trinidad and Tobago is brightly colored, dances in the daylight, and is very much alive. The moko-jumbie also represents the flip side of spiritual darkness, as stilt-dancing is most popular around holy days and Carnival.
Has Black Magic Become So Common That Anyone and Everyone Is Trying It?
The Obama White House is abuzz with talk of witchcraft by first grandmother, 72-year-old Marian Robinson, who lives in the White House residence. A close friend of Michelle Obama says the president is furious at his mother-in-law after learning that she was practicing Santeria, an African spirit cult, in the White House.
Gather All Your Ingredients Before You Get Started
1 whole chicken (about 2.5lb - 3lb) or chicken parts its up to you
* I prefer legs its much easier and less time consuming to clean.
6 tablespoons of Jamaican curry powder
* Get a good coating on it
* You can opt not to add the potatoes till the end, I find it sucks up allot of the gravy.
1.5 tablespoons of vegetable oil
* Make sure you have enough oil to shallow cook, no need to submerge your meat because you are not deep frying you are browning the meat
2 cups water
* You will need this to help stew it down later
* I like allot so it depends on your taste and size of meal you intend to make.
3 stalks scallion
5 sprigs fresh thyme
4 cloves garlic
* Minced garlic is good to use also
2 hot peppers (ideally scotch bonnet)
* Optional, this is very hot so use it sparingly or just use allot of black pepper to minimize the heat.
2 teaspoons salt
* Jamaican Brand or season salt
2 teaspoons pepper
* Use according to how hot you want it
Cleaning Your Meats
Wash your meat(s) in lime, lemon juice or Vinegar to kill any germs or potential meat bacterias.
Chopping Your Chicken
Chop your chicken up into small pieces, bones and all. The Bones in any meal while stewing gives it more of a deep seasoned taste.
Cut up some potatoes to add to the meal, I find if you add the potatoes later it wont suck up the chicken's gravy so much before serving.
Season and let sit
Chop the onion, scallion, pepper and garlic in to small pieces. Rub all of the ingredients (apart from the potatoes and water) in to the chicken and allow to marinate in the fridge for 2 hours or you can let it sit for 12 to 48 hours for maximum flavor.
Shallow Fry Your Chicken
Always remember to shallow fry and not submerge your chicken you are not making fried chicken. Fry the chicken until the chicken brown and sealed (5-10 minutes). Try to remove all the access seasoning, ie onions scallions while frying and reincorporate them back to the chicken once you being the stewing process. You don't want to burn them while frying.
Stewing Down Your Chicken
Add the potatoes (still optional) and water to the pan. This is why you do not use allot of oil. If there is too much oil in the pan after frying just take some out. You will need the oil and base to your stewing process. Cover and allow to simmer until the sauce has a thick consistency (about 1 - 2 hrs)