“Listening to Members of the Diaspora, while in the Diaspora” – by Francis Quamina Farrier

“Listening to Members of the Diaspora, while in the Diaspora”

by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

The Guyana 50th Independence Anniversary Jubilee Party in the Diaspora, has already begun! I was recently in Maryland in the USA, and attended one of the pre-Jubilee Celebrations. It was held at the St. John’s Episcopal/Anglican Church in Mount Rainier, Maryland. The celebration was conducted in two phases; the Religious and the Civil. Guyanese, who are members of that church, have been celebrating Guyana’s Independence in that way, for many years.

Traditionally, this Independence Celebration is held on the Sunday closest to May 26. This year, it was brought forward to May 15, because many of those who attend St. John’s, will be in Guyana for the Big Celebration in the Motherland. There is much excitement in the cold air of Maryland, with those who have already bought their Air Tickets and made all the necessary arrangements for their visit to our “Dear Land of Guyana.” While some of them have been visiting regularly over the years, there are some who are returning to Guyana for the first time in decades.  

As in past years at St. John’s Church, the Guyanese Independence Mass is very Guyana oriented. The church is decorated with the Guyana colours as well as with many small Guyana flags. Prayers are said for the country and people of Guyana.

Some of the country’s Patriotic songs are sung, and the sermon, intended expressly for the Guyanese members. This year, there was a Guest Preacher in the person of Pastor Kwesi Oginga.

A native of Beterverwagting on the East Coast of Demerara, Kwesi Oginga was very active in the thearte movement in Guyana, before migrating to the United States over twenty years ago. In his Jubilee Year message, Pastor Oginga spoke of all the natural resources with which Guyana is blessed, and he encouraged all Guyanese at home to develop stronger Families, since, as he stated, “Strong Families make Nations stronger.”

Many of those with whom I spoke during and after the Reception did not give the APNU-AFC government a Pass for their First Year in office. While they acknowledged the good performance in the areas of the cleaning-up of the city of Georgetown, the holding of Local Government Elections after over two decades, and the exposing the many criminal activities which were allegedly committed by some members of the past government, many expressed the view that more charges should have already been laid by now on the accused. Some of them expressed their concern about the high murder rate in the country, the high rate of deadly traffic crashes, and particularly the arrogance being displayed by so many persons who hold high public office.

The question now must be asked; how many of those travelling down to Guyana, will stay clear of local politics while in Guyana and just party at this special historic event? How many will tell their personal hosts, their friends and anyone else, exactly how they feel about the present situation in Guyana, as they spoke to me on Sunday at that Guyana Reception which I attended at St. John’s church. We will only know, when May 26, 2016 arrives; and that won’t be so long.

Pictures from the Event held at the St. John’s Episcopal/Anglican Church in Mount Rainier, Maryland on May 15, 2016:

Guyana Flag Cake

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