Famous People of Guyanese Heritage

Famous People of Guyanese Heritage

Here is a list of  some famous people of Guyanese heritage that has been compiled by Kelvin Mahadeo, aka “Crazy Kelvin”, a Toronto-based artist and web designer, of Guyanese parentage.  Check out his bio at his website at www.crazykelvin.com

Of course this is just a partial list.  If you know of other famous Guyanese, you could contact him at:   ck@crazykelvin.com

Music Artists (8)     Leona Lewis *UPDATED*    Rihanna *UPDATED*   Eddy Grant   Deborah Cox

Dave Baksh   Sol RayeKen “Snakehips” Johnson Melanie Fiona *NEW*  Actors (6)Sean Patrick  ThomasDerek Luke *NEW*Marc Gomes *NEW*  Ram John Holder *NEW*  Norman Beaton *NEW*  Guy Wellman *NEW*Actresses (7)Maureen Bunyan *NEW* Dawnn Lewis *NEW*  Flora Cheong-Leen *NEW*  CCH Pounder  Jessica Caesar  Carmen Munroe *NEW*Rhona Fox *NEW*Politicians (2)Valerie Amos Bernie Grant *NEW*Athletes (12)Priscilla Lopes-Schliep *NEW*Corinne Van Ryck de Groot *NEW*Nicolette Fernandes *NEW*Dwayne De Rosario *NEW*Phil Edwards *NEW*Marcus McKoy *NEW*Troy Ross *NEW*Dennis Andries *NEW*Sean Foley *NEW*Howard Eastman *NEW*Martiza Correia *UPDATED*Ezekiel Jackson *NEW*Models (3)Shakira Baksh Nicole Narain Janice E. Moorgen *NEW*Writers (3)Dr. Mike Philips E.R. Braithwaite John Agard *NEW*



Also look at this extensive list of Guyanese in an earlier time – in 1971 …… that was contained in a publication of Caribbean Personalities …..  Go to:


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  • Naraine Datt  On 01/25/2011 at 8:40 pm


    • blue from grove ebdem  On 01/20/2013 at 6:30 pm

      hi narine, are you the the young man that worked at toulsie persaud in georgetown lumber yard.suciela

      • Lord Norman  On 12/11/2014 at 12:47 pm

        Hi Sciela,
        Sorry, I’m from Berbice and was a trained Teacher for 30years.

  • Elton McRae  On 01/25/2011 at 10:40 pm

    E R Burrowes is better known as an artist
    Ivan Van Sertima (Historian – Archeologist)- They came before Columbus
    Jan Carew – Writer, Historian
    Walter Rodney (Historian) – How Europe Underdeveloped Africa
    George James – The Stolen Legacy
    Forbes Burnham – Politician
    Cheddie Jagan – Politician
    Hubert N Critchlow – Trade Unionist
    Norman Beaton – Actor
    James Wren Gilkes – Athlete (Sprinter)
    George Cummerbatch – Cyclist
    Clive Thomas – Economist
    Lennox Beckles – Athlete (Boxer)
    Lennox Blackmore – Athlete (Boxer)
    Andrew (Six head) Lewis – Athlete (Boxer)
    Martin Dias – Athlete (Weight Lifter)
    Hugh Ross – Athlete (Body Builder)
    June Griffith – Athlete
    Rocky McPherson – Athlete – coach
    Marc Holder – Musician
    Eddie Hooper – Musician
    Ken Corsbie – Theatre Personality – story Teller
    Henry Motoo – Theatre Personality – story Teller
    Marc Mathews – Theatre Personality – story Teller
    Matthew Allen – Radio personality
    Pat Cammeron – Radio and philanthropy
    Dave Martins – Musicain
    Edgar Mittelholzer – Writer
    Lionel Luckhoo – Lawyer, statesman
    Archibald Leonard Luker – Lyrics of the National Anthem
    Robert Potter – Music for the National Anthem
    Martin Carter – Poet
    Rohan Khanai- cricketer – once no one batsman in the wold
    Lance Gibbs- Cricketer – once the highest wicket taker at the test level
    Cilve Lloyd – Cricketer – once the most successful captain in international cricket.
    i leave space fr others to contribute.

  • Daisy Price  On 01/26/2011 at 8:24 pm


  • francis jackson  On 04/24/2011 at 12:03 pm

    The late Edward Louis Chesterfield Broomes, M.D. was born to Mr. & Mrs. Charles Broomes in Mabaruma, North West District, Guyana on November 17, 1913. He came to the United States from Guyana, South America on September 19, 1935. He was Guyana’s Consul General for the Midwestern States. He lived in East Chicago, Indiana.
    -1939 Bachelor of Science – Howard University
    -1942 Doctor of Medicine – Howard University
    -Interned at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, St. Louis
    -Residency at St. Mary’s Infirmary
    -Opened his office for the practice of medicine in East Chicago February 1, 1945
    Sunrise, November 17,1913 – Sunset June 25, 1999
    more information would be added as it becomes available.

  • Pamela Oliver  On 09/03/2011 at 6:18 am

    Guyanese people are the greatest, even with limited resources we manage.
    We are smarter, than we get credit for, I was born a Guyanese and will die one. I love my country. If only there were more opportunities for people that have lived in the U.S,A. to take our experiences and knowledge to our country and educate the younger generation, I will be on the band wagon.
    I have lived here in the USA for 35 years, I am sure I will be offer my experience to help the younger generation.

  • Naraine Datt  On 09/03/2011 at 5:36 pm


    The land of many waters is my Guyana
    Sandwiched between Brazil and Venezuela
    We live on the flat coastlands
    From Point Playa to Springlands

    My Guyana is for all the six major races
    Amerindians who made the first traces
    The sons and daughters of the blacks
    Who came after camouflaged attacks
    Of the slaves uprooted from Africa
    To build the plantations of the bakrah
    And the East Indians shipped from India

    My Guyana belongs to the farmers
    The cane cutters and pork knockers
    Able Policeman and patriotic soldiers
    Firemen, road gangs, pupils and teachers

    My Guyana is cricket also man!
    With Basil Butcher and Soloman
    The star batsmen from Berbice
    When Guyana was at real peace
    Rohan Kanhai in cricket held the spot
    With his famous falling hook shot

    My Guyana is Ted Braithwaite as a teacher
    With his novel, To Sir with Love as a writer
    Sydney Poiter’s portrayal of kids bad and loud
    Ted’s English experience made us very proud

    I’m a Guyanese to the bone
    And love my cassava pone
    Also I relish my tiga duff and cassava
    Born at Nabaclis village in Demerara
    Lived in Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice
    I still relish my black-eye rice and peas
    I can still lash down my dholl, rice and bhajee
    And I’m king for the day with a good metagee
    I still love a juicy Buxton spice mango
    Worked at Anna Regina in Essequibo
    I seldom complain hardly fuss or fret
    And a damn proud Guyanese! you bet

  • ceejay  On 09/17/2011 at 1:16 am

    In your distribution list of famous athletes, you have missed a remarkable professional soccer player (Canada) by the name of Charmaine Hooper.

  • Hugh Pickering  On 10/09/2011 at 8:33 pm

    Hello everyone, my name is Thomas Pickering. I am so disturbed by so many of the things that continue to happen in that once beautiful country of ours, that it hurts. I would like to contribute a short peom (one of the many I’ve written)to this site. I would like to take the liberty to say, that if and whenever this poem is read, many of the older Guyanese, would appreciate what I’ve written.

    Lets think about tomorrow and not just for today
    Lets think about our future in a much different way
    All we’re doing now is just called surviving
    But lets project a country, thats just, strong, and thriving

    Our children today, all they see is anarchy
    But if we really love them, lets teach harmony
    When we were all young, it was never like this
    So lets teach them the things, that we truely miss

    We’ve accomplished nothing since this nonsense all started
    Cause civility and morals have long since departed
    Years from now, could you imagine what will be
    The very thought of this, scares the hell out of me

    So united we stand and divided we fall
    Cause what we doing now, it aint working at all
    Most people are depressed, with pain and deep sorrow
    But if we dont change things now, we’ll have no tomorrow

  • Patanjali Ramlall  On 01/02/2012 at 8:01 pm

    I would be amiss if I did not include this name: C.G.H. Bryan. From the Buxton/Friendship area, one of the greatest of educators. He served in the old Lusignan School, way back among the Lusignan cane fields in the 1940’s and then retained his stewardship at the Lusignan Anglican School, Lusignan Front, from the early fifties to 1961.

    This educator was not recognised for the genius that he was. He produced some of the top qualified scholars from Buxton, Lusignan, and Mon Repos. As they say a “Prophet is not recognised in his own country”.

    I firmly believe that C.G.H. Bryan would have administered the famous QC with one eye closed, and I am glad that he didn’t, otherwise I would not be qualified to write this piece. And, ……., oh, oh, oh, oh, ……… he was an astute athlete. He coached the Lusignan School’s cricket team to victory after victory, after victory, and his expertise in coaching left an indelible imprint that made Lusignan the most successful team even after his departure.

    Hi folks, the editor of this website is Cyril Bryan, the BRILLIANT son of C.G.H. Bryan, they were both my teachers, with C.G,H, being my headmaster for a long time.

  • Kojo Nnamdi  On 01/31/2012 at 4:58 pm

    Have you ever heard of Kojo Nnamdi, cited by the Washington Post as Washington’s best radio interviewer? Cyril Bryan knew him as Monty Paul.

  • Michael Kersting  On 03/24/2012 at 8:00 am

    How about “Reds” Pereira cricket commentator (now in St.Lucia) and Aubrey Bryce cyclist now residing in Toronto Canada and is I think a trainer for the Canadian cycling team?

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 04/22/2012 at 3:02 am

    What about Pundit Reepu Daman Persaud, M.P. J.P Hindu Religious Leader,Liscenced Hindu Marriage Officer, Counsellor, Self Educator, Community Priest, Sanskrit and Hindi Scholar, Expert in reading Yagnas and in explaining the philosophy of the Bhagwat Gita and the life of Lord Rama and Lord Krishna.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 05/05/2012 at 10:20 pm

    re the entry for E R Braithwaithe. His Christian names are given as Eustace Adolphe.
    Every where else I have checked says Edward Ricardo.
    Have I got the right person?

    • Francis Quamina Farrier  On 12/12/2016 at 12:15 pm

      He is Eustace Ricardo Braithwaite, CCH. He is still alive, today December 12, 2016, and is now 104 years of age.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 05/06/2012 at 2:29 am

    I am of the view that those famous persons listing can be added upon by those with institutional memories and who are alive today. The name Wilfred Chinapen of Albion Wilds was a headmaster of the Tagore High school in Berbice and later after retirement became the Principal of the Maha Sabha High school in Georgetown Guyana during the period 1964- 1969.
    Mr. Satya P Sawh, principal and Educator of the Muslim Education Trust in Brickdam Georgetown, now resident in Canada was responsible for many students being successful at the O and A levels. His students selection criterion was second to none,in Georgetown at that time 1960-1975.
    Mr. Shruti Kant of the Guiana Oriental College, Thomas Street, Georgetown was an economist who did very well in the tutorship of students for both the College of Preceptors Exam and the London GCE, at O and A levels.
    Mr. Halvidar Singh, Guyana Scholar who taught A level Chemistry at the Muslim Ed Trust during the sam era as Mr. Sawh was a very Brilliant and famous Tutor and Educationist. He was loved by all his students and many of his fellow Guyanese.
    Mr.Richard Ishmael, Principal of the Indian Education Trust, in Lamaha Street Georgetown was also the leader of the Trade Union Man Power Citizen’s Association that represented the Sugar Workers at that time 1960-1964. This union was one that lent its support to the 80 days general strike that culminated in the great arson of Georgetown in 1962 and the arrival of her Majesty’s Troops to stationed in Guiana for almost 5 years.
    Dr. Balwant Singh, the National Pathologist and President of the PSA and the Maha Sabha of Georgetown. He later resigned from the Presidency of the Maha Sabha , the famous Hindu Organisation and he as president of the Public Service Association voted for the general strike that lasted 80 days.

    • Robert Singh  On 04/27/2013 at 6:17 pm

      Your list is seriously dificient. Give indians their due. Your list was taken right off the internet willy nilly, without much thought.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 05/07/2012 at 1:23 am

    Mr. Balram Singh Rai, a former Minister of Home affairs in the era 1961-1962 era. He formed the Justice party and fought the general elections of 1964, under Proportional Representation.He was among seven other political parties that fought the 1964 general elections and lost his deposit.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 05/07/2012 at 12:51 pm

    Mr. Peter D”Aguiar of the famous D’Aguair Imperial House or DIH and leader of the United Force is the leader who with 12% of the votes in the general election of 1964 under PR was able to create history by uniting with Forbes 40% and creating a Government of 52% in 1964.thus allowing LFS to rule for 28 years more. Independence came to Guyana in 1966. Jagan’s 48% was confined to the opposition benches for 30 years.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 05/09/2012 at 11:46 am

    The former speaker of the house of Parliament in Guyana Mr.Sase Naraine an attorney at law and a speaker for 25 years was also the President of the Guyana Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha. The tenure of his speakership was not without its humourous moments as hanzard has recorded that Cheddi Jagan then Leader of the Opposition in an angry mode grabbed the Mace and hurled it at the Speaker to vent his anger at not being allowed to speak. Recently Mr. Granger said that more than two generations of Guyanese do not know who Cheddi and Burnham were. It is by writing small anecdotes like this one that young people will get to know about the past history of the Guyanese people especially after 1961. Some writers have denied Guyana the political history of the events that happened leading to our Independence in 1966. Incidentally this 26th of May will be our Independence Celebrations and so I take this opportunity to greet our host Mr. Cyril Byron and all our compatriots! Happy Independence! God Bless Guyana and all our people!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 05/11/2012 at 2:50 am

    Professor, the late Dr. Walter Rodney, a former historian at the UWI, and visiting Prof of African Studies to several Universities in Africa, was the leader of the Working Peoples Alliance head quartered in Georgetown Guyana. His passion for freedom and his belligerence cost him his life as he was brutally killed by a strange walkie Talkie testing device outside the jail in Camp street Georgetown. A brilliant, devoted and freedom lover was no more with the people of Guyana. His political opponents called it a day. I cannot recall if any commission of enquiry was engaged into by any government of Guyana into such a high profile and mysterious circumstanses that killed the Professor.

    • Mark Heber  On 08/18/2019 at 10:09 pm

      George GM James wrote Stolen Legacy in 1954, died mysteriously after book was published.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 05/11/2012 at 6:08 pm

    Mr. Miller was the headmaster of the Campbellville Government School on Sheriff Street, Campbellville during the years 1952-1966. He was also a national sportsman and athletic. He excelled as an educator and sportsman and later migrated to Ghana in Africa where he continued to teach the skills he acquired in his life time. He has tutored many prominent people of Campbellville, Kitty and surrounding villages at that time, including yours truly and he could not stand the political and social degradation of the society he once built through the engagement of those fertile minds under his care.

    • Nicole Bissoo-Williams  On 03/04/2013 at 2:42 pm

      Mr.Bissoo was at one time Mr. Miller’s boss.:)

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 05/15/2012 at 10:42 am

    Mr Harry Prashad, an investor and private entreprener from the Mahaicony creek area of Eastern Guyana has been credited with the development of the lands formerly of the Booker Estate and now called Prashad Nagar in Greater Georgetown. He later donated the Freedom house to the PPP and later became a foundation member of the United Force. Mr Prashad has had the development of Prashad Nagar into a type of middle class development for people who could afford this in the years 1956 and onward. He also donated a parcel of land for the early erection of a cultural centre in 1958 but this project never got off the ground.Mr. Harry Prashad migrated to the UK in the years of Political turmoil post 1962-1966 and remained there leading a peaceful and quiet life. His younger son, Muni Prashad and I attended the GOC in Thomas Street Georgetown for some 3 years after which we all migrated elsewhere. Mr. Prashad is noted for his generosity and Public spiritedness and for wanting to see a develpoed Guyana under the late UF-PNC axis but this dream never materliased.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/01/2012 at 2:27 am

    Miss Pamela Lord, a runner up to the Miss World Beauty Contest in UK in 1968 hailed from Charity on the Essequibo Coast. She brought recognition and added charm to the Guyanese people when she paraded for the International Beauty Pagent Organizers on stage at Marlborough House in London in 1968. She has migrated since and lives in the USA. In 1967, Miss Pamela Lord was crowned Miss Deepavali before a massive crowd on stage on the grounds of the then EICC grounds, Eve Leary and during the said year she was also crowned Miss Guyana. She in fact represented Guyana at the Miss World Contest in London of 1968!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/03/2012 at 3:46 am

    Yes our earlier Miss world runner up in the year 1966 was none other than the beautiful Miss Shakira Baksh of Georgetown. She was declared Miss Deepavali of 1965 and crowned at the same EICC grounds at Eve Leary before thousands of patrons on that unforgettable Saturday night. The organizers of this famous Deepavali Jalsa that produced two Miss World runners up were non other than Reepu Daman Persad, the then Secretary General of the Maha Sabha. Miss Shakira Baksh is now Ms. Shakira Caine, having been happily married to the Super UK film star Michael Caine! Michael admits that he instantly fell for Shakira who was doing a modelling stint in the UK for the film industry almost 45 years ago! Shakira Baksh has indeed done us proud as a citizen of Guyana!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/03/2012 at 9:38 pm

    Among our Cricketing Heroes the names, CLive Llyod, Rohan Kanhai, Lance Gibbs of yonder days and now the cotemporary cricketers led by Shivnarine Chanderpaul are offering the come back to the once great West Indian Cricket. They will always have our unrestricted and moral support even though the West Indian Board of Selectors keep on messing up with good players as Gayle of Jamaica and Dereck Ramdhin of Guyana. Lets enjoy the sport for its name as we know how unpredictable it can get. Governments should stop its intereference in the affairs of the West Indian Cricket Board. Its time to bring on board a new team of selectors who are there for the love of cricket and who are seasoned administrators!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/07/2012 at 3:33 am

    Cuffie was able to lead the Slave Rebellion in 1763 from the estates of Berbice.His leadership skills were put to test by the British counter offensives in Berbice and in New Amsterdam. The Edifice to be found in Georgetown is a fitting tribute to a son of the soil and the leader against the British Colonialism that encouraged and promoted such inhumane trades in the New World.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/07/2012 at 3:47 am

    Eusi Kwayana, alias Sydney King of Guyana,is a Cultural Icon and one who actively promoted African Cultural Rennaisance in the 1960’s. He was at the helm of several cultural initiatives that included the much argued name change in Guiana among the African Diaspora. Many persons were happy to follow suit as the words were specific in meaning for e.g “Eusi Kwayana” means Blackman of Guyana. He also promoted the African costume wear and the special tunic neck wear. As far as the language was concerned this did not gain momentum but the UG has a seat for African Cultural studies which was also promoted by Eusi Kwayana.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/07/2012 at 4:06 am

    Mr Merriman a former Mayor of Georgetown, during the hectic and infamous period of 1961-1965. He had the many challenges of that period to deal with as the closure of the Municipal Markets in Georgetown during the 80 days general strike which culminated in the riots and arson of the main and popular shopping centres in the Capital City. Another challenge he faced was dealing with the Governement’s Competent Authority which was formed to assist the suffering people and victims of the strike. This authority broke down the gates of the Municipal markets which were locked on orders from the mayoral authority. The poor people were able to remove their belongings from the market and sold them elsewhere. Merriman later became the owmers and operators of the Funeral agencies now being operated in the City of Georgetown under the same family name!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/08/2012 at 2:49 am

    Mr. Rudy Luck, a great mathematician and former Principal of the Central High School that is now shrouded in a relocation exercise. Mr Luck was indeed great and his school produced many brilliant Maths teachers and students alike. He was also a member of the infamous Georgetown Club which LFSB promptly closed down as members refused to stand up when he entered the facility. He was only the PM then. The National Service evoked the wrath of Rudy who criticized the purpose and methods of selection for such National service and he finally migrated to the great USA, leaving his great achievements and records behind. The Cadre of students that Rudy was able to put out placed his high school on top with the best results for the London GCE A levels.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/08/2012 at 3:06 am

    The name Robert Sookraj was dear to every cinema lover in British Guiana.
    Robert gave us a fleeet of Cinemas, throughout Guyana from Coast to Coast, East, West ,North and South. The Empire, Doreen, Metropole.and you name them. This particular Industry was exclusively in the domain of Robert. He imported a few Limousines or stretch Cars which only the Presidents of the USA were entitled to own and operate. This angered LFSB and he crossed swords with the ruler and the rest in now history. Robert came to Trinidad and continued his joys in building more cinemas. The KAY DONNA Drivein Cinema at Curepe Junction was his first gift to the people of T&T. He was an expansionist by nature and tried to become a conglomerate in the Industry here but his colleagues out of fear of an awesome competition ran to the Minister of Legal Affairs and a BIll called the Alien Land Holding Bill was enacted by the Parliament and this held the hands of our Local Cinema Magnate. Such a powerful Cinema Tycoon he was. Hats off the the late Robert Sookraj. Incidentally Kay Donna which he named after his wife and daughter still exists in Trinidad as a drive in Cinema and is still the only one of its kind in T&T.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/09/2012 at 6:55 am

    The idea of being famous is to my mind, based on the sincere and positive contributions the individual or individuals have made to the country and to the Humanity as a whole. In this regard, we see people in many sub categories working and contributing their daily lives as to the areas of their contribution which may find enrichmentl in one or many subcategories. Those who have excelled in the field of Arts, History, Culture, Economics, Poetry, Philosophy, Business, Medicine, Engineering, Modelling, Playwright, Politics, Religion, Language, Sports, Literature, Dentistry, Industrialists, Writers of Books, and many more such sub categories may continue as the areas of entrepreneurship that often remain elusive to the ordinary folks! I am not suggesting that those arm chairs thinkers, critics and philosophers including Poets and literary giants are not to be reckoned as famous. They are indeed famous people who have moved centuries of generations by the power of their positive thinking and endless thoughts! In this regard think about the names as Ford and Rockefeller of the USA, Birla and Tata of India, Dale Carnegie and WK Kellogg Foundation of Michigan, USA. The contemporary records point to world achievers and history is already documenting their measure of successes that will lead them on the road to Fame and Glorification. There is one Indian National namely Mishra,who has total control of all the world’s steel plants in every continent of the globe his name is in the halls of Steel Fame, He is the magnate who owns and operates the world steel business. O what an achievement for Mishra and associates! This is an Industrial Giant of Giants!The business conglomerates are another subcategories and must be considered for their Charities on the world records. Many of these may manipulate situations and will become like the Cricket One Day history maker of Antigua and end up in undesirable places, such misplaced attempts at entering the halls of Fame must be noted for their failed attempts at misleading the world and cannot be remembered with pride, dignity nor grace! The world if full of such ignomous and treacherous humanity!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/13/2012 at 3:24 am

    Mr. Richard Ishmael, Principal of the then Indian Education Trust College in Georgetown, and also the President of the agricultural Union known by the name Manpower Citizens Association.He was alined to the Christian Anti Communist Crusaders that invaded Georgetown from the USA in 1961-1964. The Labour Relations Bill of 1963 was brought about due to his involvement of the MPCA, a sugar workers union in the 80 day general strike to bring down the Cheddi Jagan’s government. This Industrial Bill saw the Birth of the Guyana Agricultural Workers Union that became the final bargaining unit for the Sugar workers. Richard Ishmael also denounced Jagan and his policies on Communism and was against alignment with Fidel Castro of Cuba. The local upper class Indians of Georgetown also supported Richard Ishmael against the Jagan’s government of 1963. The country paid the price as another breakdown in the Independence Conference in the UK took place. Now elections before Independence and a new electoral system called PR was foisted on British Guiana. The Trade Unions teamed up with the political parties and fought the elections of December 1964. One such party was the Guiana United Muslim Party which lost its deposit for failure to attract enough electoral support! Richard Ishmael moved professionally from Educationist to Politician. He weathered the storm of the Anti Communist Crusaders and inspite of losing popular support of his Trade Union members, he fought valiantly against the Labour Relations bill of 1963. Another inductee of the Independence Hall of fame 1962-1964!

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  • Nicole Bissoo-Williams  On 06/13/2012 at 9:51 pm

    Sir Edward Bissoo, Educator, knighted by the Queen. He instituted the very first private school , on Sheriff Street.

    • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/18/2012 at 3:10 am

      Dr.Jang Bahadur Singh, former head of the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha 1948-1958. He piloted the causes of Hindus and the Colony of British Guiana. He was a member of the Provincial Assembly in spoke on behalf of the Religious sect he headed. He was responsible for the erection of the first open Crematorium site at the Kitty foreshore in 1958. The site has survived a short life as the waves of the mighty atlantic washed away not only the ashes of the cremated persons but the entire site. It was never rebuilt because of objections by the nearby residents opposite the foreshore site. This was an ideal site for such purposes. Today the people are more informed about cremations and have even erected electric crematoriums globally.

    • Daniel Bissoo  On 12/02/2014 at 1:36 pm

      is there any way to get a copy of this documentation? a Bissoo family tree starting with Edward has been in the works . i am just looking to fill in some gaps, any Bissoo history would be appreciated.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/15/2012 at 7:24 am

    The name does not ring a bell. None the less did he recieve a Member of the British Empire(MBE) Order of the British Empire(OBE) KCMG. What is the Or der did this Educationist get from H.R.H.Queen Elizabeth 11. What was the name of this first Private School and where in Sherriff Street, Campbellville was it located and in what year was it set up. Did any famous Guyanese attended those classes there! Thanking you for a reply Nicole.

    • Nicole Bissoo-Williams  On 03/03/2013 at 6:32 pm

      I can get that information from my sister in the UK.. or his daughter Celest Bissoo Jain.she has the certificate. The school was simlpy known as Sir Bissoo school and referred to as Bissoo’s and it was 49 John and Sheriff Sts Campbellville..he died whilst i was a child but i remember going there ,when i was about 4-5yrs.. that would be 1976-77. I will ask my aunts.. thanks

      • Cyril Balkaran  On 03/04/2013 at 9:49 am

        Now that the details of the first Bissoo school is made available, and the accolades the late Bissoo recieved in his lifetime, we can accept the facts of history that this school did exist at the corner of John and Sherrif streets, Campbellville. This is not very far away from Seaford Street, where I was born and bred until the age of 18 years when I too like so many others migrated and sought a higher Education elsewhere! The Campbellville Government School still exists in all her splendor and glory as a testimony to the place where I recieved a Prinmary School Education. Thanks to Mr. and Ms. Miller the former Headmaster who became a National Sports Instructor and finally migrated to Nigeria!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/15/2012 at 7:43 am

    Sir Lionel Luckhoo, the best Criminal Lawyer in the history of the British Commonwealth was born and lived in British Guiana. He was also knighted by the Queen of Britain for the many roles he played in the opposition of a self avowed Communist leader that Cheddi Jagan was! He was very close to the late LFSB and was appointed the High Commissioner to Britain with responsibilities for Europe and India. In 1968, he was responsible for the Overseas Voting and the Voters lists in London. The General Elections of that year was held on the 16th December 1968. The first General Election after the grant of Independence in 1966. The Press reported that the Overseas Voters had numbered 90,000 votes and the High Commissioner had personally brought home the bags with that amount of Votes. The London Granada TV host Gus Mac Donald responded to an appeal for a tracking of those votes and ended up making a documentary film for the BBC entitled the “The Trail of the Vanishing Voters” which was released for viewing on prime time BBC on January of 1969. This was in time for the Commonwealth Conference of 1969 held at Marlborough House of that year! This film contained things as thousands of names were listed for Stables in and around the British Capital City! Another name to be added to the Post Independence Guyanese Hall of Fame.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/20/2012 at 4:14 pm

    Sir David Rose, the first Guyanese to ascend to the office of Governor General in the immediate post Independent Guyana. His rule was eclipsed by an unfortunate accident while he was on a vacation in London in 1970.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 06/21/2012 at 5:06 am

    Mrs. Rajkumarie Singh, Social worker, Radio announcer, Poetess, author of books on the Hindu Religion and executive member of the Maha Sabha. This cultural icon was the daughter of the late Dr. Jang Bahadur Singh of the Hindu Maha Sabha fame. She was also a victim of Polio and spent most of her life on a wheelchair. She was a very vocal woman and spoke against the oppression of women everywhere.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 07/05/2012 at 4:21 am

    The Late Lincoln A. Cameron, president of Shell Antilles in Guiana Ltd. He was a n Industrialist and chaired the Shell Operations in British Guiana. He established the first Shell Gas Station of Vlyssengen road and assisted the poor families and other children with scholarships for secondary schools.Upon retirement he migrated to Canada with his family and lived in Alberta. He is survived by his wife Pearl. his son Richard and daughter Pinky!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 07/07/2012 at 1:46 pm

    Toolsie Persaud, present day Industrialist, Lumber and Quarry Operators in Upper Demerara and Essequibo regions is a household name when it comes to obtaining materials for the Construction Industry. This giant of an investor has also created employment for hundreds of Guianese people at home. He is a regional exporter of our famous Walaba poles that are used in the region as light and telephone poles. His operations span over 50 years of investments in the Guyana Economy and continues to support the works of Charity.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 07/10/2012 at 6:14 am

    SIR MARTIN CARTER. Poet, Nationalist, co founder of the PNC, He walked away from the PPP in 1956 and became a Foundation member of PNC which was formed in 1957. This Nationalist continued to influence the fertile minds of Young People in Guyana and the Caribbean by the many soul stirring poetry that he launched so many times in his life time. He was Guyana’s High Commissioner to London and played a pivotal role in representing Guyana in Europe. He was a great admirer and supporter of the late Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham.His legacy can be found in the Archives of the poetry he wrote for the people of Guyana, the Caribbean, and the world at large. May his soul Rest in Peace!

  • Joshua Kissoon  On 07/10/2012 at 10:06 am

    What about our famous sportsmen? Carl Hooper, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Clive Lloyd, Rohan Kanhai? What about Timeka Marshall? We’re missing a lot of people in this list.

    • guyaneseonline  On 07/10/2012 at 12:43 pm

      Note that this list was NOT prepared by Guyanese Online.
      We intend to start a list – WHO’S WHO from GUYANA” soon and you should be collecting entries now that you could add to it.
      Cyril Bryan

      • Cyril Balkaran  On 07/12/2012 at 11:07 am

        Hi Cyril.
        The Modified feature of GUYANA’S WHO IS WHO will be a welcome feature and we all look forward to contributing to this New Guyana’s Book of Records.
        THank you for the Guidance, Also on the 8th June I did mention some of the names of our famous Cricketig heroes and stars. May be Mr. Kissoon missed out on this one, Best Wishes and continue to do your best for the Guyanese people, here, there and everywhere.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 07/10/2012 at 1:34 pm

    Cyril, it is true that this is an open forum and it allows all to make an entry. the Mr Kissoon is also invited to make a contribution with the very names he has so kindly submitted. I thank you for your endurance as I enjoy this forum that you have created and sometimes it good to tease others. I expect to read Mr. Kissoon’s contribution soon. Thanking you. Enjoy the rest of the day. The WHO is WHO is a good idea also but sometimes the unofficial who is who gives us a better insight into the lives of those who really have contributed to the society but for some reason or the other did nor recieve the State accolades in their lifetime. You deserve the National Award and should have recieved one on the last Independence listings. This is my view may be next time, a recommender will do the needful. Thanks again

  • Donald Barrow  On 01/11/2013 at 9:03 pm

    What about Harry Powell the long distance runner?

    • Thinker  On 01/08/2014 at 11:12 am

      Don’t forget George De Paena. Cyclists George Cumberbatch and Boogie De Freitas.

      • Albert  On 12/03/2014 at 11:09 am

        Cyclists George Cumberbatch and Boogie De Freitas.

        If you knew these guys then you must aklso know cyclists Peter Fernandes….a son of John Fernandes. He is in a poor condition in Canada.

  • Ron. Persaud  On 01/13/2013 at 10:52 am

    Harry’s last name is Prowell
    Full name: Harry Prowell
    Gender: Male
    Height: 5’9″ (175 cm)
    Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
    Born: July 10, 1936 in [unknown], Unknown, Guyana
    Died: June 27, 2000 (Aged 63)
    Country: Guyana
    Sport: Athletics

  • leon menzies  On 01/04/2014 at 4:01 pm

    What about Badge Menzies curator/groundsman/test umpire.He was also given the job by the Trinidad govt.to lay a turf wicket at the Queen’s Park Oval. He was offered the job opportunity to care for Lord’s Cricket Ground,But turned it down because of England’s inclement weather. Leon Menzies son of Badge Menzies.

  • Arlene Mattai  On 01/04/2014 at 9:54 pm

    I would like to see my name also added to Miss. Diwali Queens – Arlene Mattai Miss. Diwali 1972 = crowned at Mahatma Gandhi Organization Building at Non Pariel Park

  • Naraine Datt  On 12/02/2014 at 2:29 pm


    Born at La Bagatelle, in Leguan, Essequibo Guyana, where he got his Primary Education, John never went to High School but rose to become a Pupil Teacher, then a Trained Teacher, then rose to be Headmaster of many schools. He became the Education Officer for the Essequibo and West Berbice Coasts and later became Acting Chief Education Officer of Guyana. Later he studied for his Masters at McMaster University in Canada. He was the Acting Chief Education Officer for the whole of Guyana, the bad politics dealt him a low blow and he left Guyana. Now that is one smart and highly achieved academic who rose from a local boy to carry the banner as Acting Chief Education Officer, the highest post in Education in Guyana after the Minister of Education.

  • Thinker  On 12/02/2014 at 7:00 pm

    The emphasis,folks, is on “famous”.

  • Albert  On 12/11/2014 at 3:04 pm

    Are all these people really famous? Maybe the topic should have been different. Such as: “Well known Guyanese” or “little Known Facts About Some Guyanese”
    or Outstanding Accomplishments of Guyanese Abroad” etc.

    For famous Guyanese did anyone mention the author Jan Carew? He has written a few books (Black Midas etc) died a few months ago as a Professor of Literature, I think at a Univ. in Tennassee.

  • Lord Norman  On 12/11/2014 at 5:59 pm

    Here is another Guyanese you may or may not heard of:

    Dr. Bertrand Ramcharan was Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and Assistant Secretary-General when Mr. Sergio Vieira de Mello, then High Commissioner, was killed on 19 August 2003 during the attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad. Dr. Ramcharan then assumed the post of acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, which he held until July 2004, when a new High Commissioner, was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General.
    During his three decades with the United Nations, Dr. Ramcharan served in the Centre for Human Rights as Special Assistant to the Director, as the Secretary-General’s Chief Speechwriter, as Director of the Office of the Special Representative for the Secretary-General in UNPROFOR, the largest-ever United Nations peacekeeping operation, as Director of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia, as political adviser to the peace negotiators in the Yugoslav conflict, and as a Director in the United Nations Political Department, focusing on conflicts in Africa.
    A barrister of Lincoln ‘s Inn , with a Doctorate in international law from the London School of Economics and Political Science earned in 1973, Dr. Ramcharan was a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists from 1991 to 1998 and has been a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration since 1996. He was Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law at Columbia University and has written or edited some twenty books and numerous articles. He holds the Diploma in International Law of the Hague Academy of International Law, where he has also been Director of Studies.
    Dr. Ramcharan is married and has one son.

  • Celeste Bissoo Jain  On 08/14/2015 at 3:39 pm

    Edward Bissoo was featured in the Chronicle Newspaper(circa 1950) as the “Forgotten Man”. He was born in Wakenaam, Essequibo. He was the son of East Indian immigrants who came to Guyana circa 1867. from India. His parents escaped from indenturship to the free land of Essequibo where they started free farming and established independent communities He was sent to Trinidad about 1912 to study at Naparaima Teacher’s College by the Canadian Presbyterian mission in Guyana. He was recruited from Trinidad to the British army and the Allied Force in World War 1. He fought in Europe. The young soldiers-he was 18- were quickly promoted to high ranks to take on responsibility. Don’t have info on his final rank. After the war was over, he had a chance to study in England but longed for home and to complete his mission in Education. He believed that a literate nation is a great nation.. On arrival in Guyana, he became Headmaster at Helena School in Mahaica. At that time, public school attendance was limited and parents needed their children to work. He joined the Government Education Department in 1936. He was on a committee with Director of Education Mr. Bannister to implement the first Education ACT of 1939 where all children had to attend school until 16 years. He was appointed Chief Attendance Officer to implement this Act. He was known for his untiring work all along the the Coasts and Banks of the three rivers -going to towns and remote areas in the interior of the country. Often riding a bicycle or by steamer and on foot.
    After retirement, he continued a school started by his wife Evelyn and her Dad Moses as a kindergarten. The school was at the corner of Sheriff and John Streets in Campbellville. He rebuilt the school and advanced the curriculum to prepare children for scholarship to attend High school. Many children benefitted with scholarships who other wise could not afford high school fees. The high school fee was beyond the reach of many parent He hoped one day that high school entry will be free and that a University will be established.

    In 1952 he was awarded a Long service Coronation medal for outstanding service in a Commonwealth country and service in the war. by Queen Elizabeth 11 at her Coronation. He was a humble man with one dream, that Guyana will become a literate nation. His daughter Annie Rambarran won first place at the British Music Festival 1952 at Town Hall. Winner as best solo soprano. Many of his children were teachers or headmaster. His grand son, TV personality Dr. John Jain, born in Guyana, led a team to pioneer Egg freezing John was a professor at University of Southern California Medical School . Los Angeles and is a guest lecturer at Oxford University, London. .His daughters Celeste Jain and Esther Loverme are team workers with The Guyana Medical Relief in Los Angeles. His grand daughter, Nicole Bissoo-Wlliams is an Artist, Art teacher and Curator in Guyana.

    Mr Bissoo was affectionately known as Sir Edward . “Sir” meaning “respected teacher”. His favorite song was “Onward, Upward, may we ever go” . His favorite quote was “One, one dotty ah go build de dam”(creole saying). Perseverance, commitment , love of country. humility, compassion, enthusiasm and Love of God and fellow men was his philosophy.
    Mr Bissoo died in 1977.
    Contributed by his daughter Celeste Bissoo Jain- retired Librarian in Arizona U.SA email celsatjain@cox.net

    • wally n  On 03/03/2020 at 4:54 pm

      People like your father, helped build a culture,and traditions, which helped Guyanese when hard times came a knocking. They survived, question is can Guyanese survive what is coming next, meaning hard times usually make you stronger, wealth, usually does the opposite……Trinidad!

  • Sheik N. Hassan  On 11/02/2016 at 10:50 am

    Sheik N. Hassan, M.D., FCCP is a pulmonary diseases specialist who retired from Howard University in 2015. His last appointment at the University was Vice Dean of the College of Medicine. he held several other positions locally, nationally, and internationally as a physician and a medical educator.

  • N D TEWARIE (@TEWARIE07)  On 08/19/2019 at 10:52 am

    Maybe Richard Ismael was famous as a Union Leader but we must never forget how he was bought out by Uncle Sam to prolong the 80-day strike against Jagan?

  • Celeste Bissoo-Jain  On 03/03/2020 at 12:11 am

    This is a very good source of many persons who contributed to various aspects of Guyanese life. There are so many more. I hope they can be added by people who knew them. Thanks to the Editor.
    Celeste and Dr. Satyendra Jain. Arizona. USA

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