By Joshcia Lawrence
Fifty- three years of independence have flown by and in that period Jamaica has acquired many notable achievements. Sadly, this land of wood and water, the paradise that others dream to visit does not receive its true acclaimed worth in the eyes of many citizens. Here are 7 reasons Jamaican citizens should be proud of their roots.
- Our stellar sports achievements
2. Musical accolades
Say the words ‘Jamaica’ and people from all over think one thing, "Reggae". Yes, Bob Marley branded Jamaica with a music unique to the culture and the struggles Jamaicans know all too well. Yet Jamaicans have a love for music that goes beyond brand reggae. their passion for music coupled with their singing and instrumental abilities have caused Jamaica's music to be appreciated on international levels. Several notable musicians have contributed to music worldwide- Shaggy, Peter Tosh, Beenie Man and more recently Tessanne Chin who won NBC’s The Voice pop competition.
3. Food and cultural influence
Jamaican food and other parts of the culture have seeped into international spotlight. Outsiders yearn for the secret behind the delicious, mouthwatering meals that originate in Jamaican kitchens. Other countries owe their present cultural flavour to the dynamic, rich culture that Jamaicans bring with them wherever they go.
4. Small nation, global fame
Jamaica is really a country that lives up to the saying "wi likkle but wi tallawah." As the old adage implies Jamaica is but a little dot in the world. Yet for such a small nation, our people continue to make an indelible mark on the world. Jamaica exceeds the standard of a small Caribbean country, making a world class name for itself in areas such as politics, sports, music, education and food. Jamaican citizens should be beaming with pride for the international renowned fame and the many coveted international titles that the country possesses.
5. Ambition of the Jamaican people
Jamaicans have excelled in a multiplicity of areas both island wide and around the world. Dedication and great aspirations allow Jamaicans from humble backgrounds to rise to success and fame, to big up the country and make their families proud. The desire to succeed fuels the 'go-getter' attitude and spurs Jamaicans wherever they go to achieve their dreams.
6. Regional leader
As one of the largest Caribbean countries, Jamaica is a strong leader and role model for its Caribbean neighbours. Being an active, leading voice in political issues, the country has contributed much to the development of the region, earning the country many accolades from international organisations and partners.
7. Natural beauty of the country
Every year thousands of visitors spend their vacation in Jamaica and leave in awe at the splendour of the island. Laying claim to lush vegetation, tempting, glistening waters, cool, daring falls, and exotic flora and fauna exclusive to Jamaica, the island boasts a coveted beauty. Coupled with exquisitely crafted terrains, a picture of Jamaica is a picture of Paradise. Several tourists make Jamaica their choice for vacation, sight seeing, weddings and other events just because of the talk of Jamaica's natural beauty.