Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, presenting the Culture Award to Trevor Marshall.
Honourable and Right Reverend Monsignor Vincent Blackett accepting his Religious/Spiritual Award from Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, presenting the Culture Award to Adisa “Aja” Andwele.
NINETEEN Barbadians were honoured on Friday for their various contributions to this nation’s development, during the second Oshe Emeka Awards Ceremony.
Held at the Sandalwood Estate in Hothersal Turning, St. Michael, this Ceremony was jointly organised by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, and the Commission for Pan-African Affairs.
Head of Commission for Pan-African Affairs, Dr. Deryck Murray, in his remarks, stated that it was extremely important to remember those who fought on our behalf and to pay tribute to them and honour them. He therefore commended Cabinet for doing such.
“It was in 2010 that the Cabinet of Barbados first recognised the first set of awardees in the inaugural Oshe Emeka Awards, and tonight I thank the Cabinet of Barbados for acknowledging and recognising the contributions of important Pan-African and Afrocentric icons in Barbados.”
Meanwhile, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth, Stephen Lashley, during his address, congratulated all the recipients. He also gave the assurance that as “Minister with responsibility for culture, arguably our greatest weapons against oppression, I intend to ensure that we continue to secure hard won freedoms, even as we fight to win new ground, but we must be firmly rooted in solving existing challenges that will indeed determine the future of the emerging generation of Barbados.”
Some of the night’s awardees were: Rosemary Alleyne, who received the Media Award; Trevor Marshall, who received the Education Award; Rameses Caddle, who received the Posthumous Award; David Denny, who received the Pan-African Award, and Reverend Wayne “Onkphra” Wells, who received the Culture Award.
A Lifetime Achievement Award was each given to Dr. Myrna Belgrave and Robert “Bobby” Clarke. (MG)