Like any other anniversary, one would look forward to rumination on past events: what made them the way they are today, how far they are coming from, achievements, etc. Today we celebrate 58 years of Independence in Jamaica and it is therefore not surprising that as a people we think about one of the darkest eras of our history. Colonization robbed Jamaica of years that could add to its progress. Its people were tortured, and the island exploited all while increasing the riches of the Europeans. Every year Jamaicans place a lot of effort into “adding extra” to this holiday like any other. It is that time of the year that was longed for on the plantations and in the “rich man’s” house. After such a long desire a “likkle but wi talawah” spirited celebration must take place.
She was free until they came
They took her pride and cast on her shame
Her people cried but God gave them time
The whip peeled their skin
The rope had the white man’s print
He was in charge and more were shipped to be torched
Indeed, working in the fields were hard
Their arms ached from planting
The sun smiled on their skin
Families were parted and the man could do nothing
He was now a woman trapped in a new place
On this plantation he had no space
His wife now raped, and he trembled from the ache
Nine months later came what looked like a new race
At nights they look at the sky
Wondering when the years would pass by.
1962 – She can finally smile
58 years of celebration after such a long time
Her resilience has been proven
She conquered 10 hurricanes and 6 major storms
In 2019 she was the economic boss
Cheers to an extraordinary turn around
She stamped her name on the Olympic tracks
Big up to all the track superstars!
She has her fist in the air for Reggae and Dancehall
Bob Marley’s legacy continue to live on
One Love is still what Jamaicans chant
Koffee, our lioness will not fall
Chronixx and Damion continue to stand tall
Every little thing is going to be alright after all
HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY JAMAICA! We have come a far way – 58 years of independence is something to be proud of.