GUYANA SPEAKS – Berbice Rebellion; Buxton Spice & Reparations -Via Zoom -Sunday 25th October 2020


Berbice Rebellion, Buxton Spice & Reparations
Via Zoom
Sunday, 25th October 2020
(2pm – 4pm GMT / 10am – 11am GYT)
This Month’s Speakers
Nigel Westmaas, Oonya Kempadoo & Eric Phillips

MORE INFO: Guyana Speaks October 25 – Rebellion, Spice, Reparations

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MORE INFO: Guyana Speaks October 25 – Rebellion, Spice, Reparations

Nigel Westmaas
– The latest research and findings on the Berbice Revolt of 1763.
Researcher and activist, Nigel Westmaas, is Associate Professor in the Department
of Africana Studies at Hamilton College, New York. His research interests include
social movements in Guyana and the Caribbean, archival research and projects, and
the history of the newspaper press in Guyana. He has published articles in journals
and newspapers including “Resisting Orthodoxy: Notes on the Origins and Ideology
of the Working People’s Alliance” in Small Axe journal. He is co-editor with David
Granger of a booklet on Guyanese Periodicals: 1796-1996. His research on Marcus
Garvey in British Guiana for the University of California UNIA Papers project was
published in 2011. Westmaas also published a chapter titled “An Organic Activist:
Eusi Kwayana, Guyana and global Pan-Africanism” in the text Black Power in the
Caribbean (University Press of Florida, 2014).

Oonya Kempadoo
– Readings from Buxton Spice (1998) with presentation on its shaping.
Oonya Kempadoo, a British, Guyanese, Grenadian citizen, is currently a resident of
Canada. She is the author of three novels and is critically acclaimed on both sides of
the Atlantic. Her semi-autobiographical first novel was long-listed for the Orange
Prize and translated into six languages. Her second won a Casa De Las Americas
prize and she was named a “Great Talent for the 21st Century” by Orange Prize
judges. Her third, All Decent Animals, (FSG, USA 2013), was on Oprah Winfrey’s
Summer Reads. Oonya is a Fulbright Scholar alumni and co-founder of the Grenada
Community Library. She facilitated and edited the first children’s chocolate book,
written by children of colour in a cocoa-growing country that won ‘Best in the World’.
She is currently developing a speculative fiction, eco-social project and is a national
juror (USA & Canada) for Scholastic Arts & Writing Awards 2019-2020.

Eric Phillips
– The African Holocaust: The Business of Reparations is Business.
Eric Phillips is the Chairperson of the Guyana Reparations Committee and Vice
Chair of the CARICOM Reparations Commission. He is an Executive Director of the
African Cultural & Development Association (ACDA) and was the first President of
the African Business Roundtable (ABR) in Guyana. Amongst many other
achievements, he assisted in the founding of 12 Youth and Community Groups and
is Director of COLLACO, a school for children aged 2 to 10. He was the Co-Founder
of the REFORM group in Guyana and co-Author of the Guyana 21 and Guyana 2030
Plans, both blue prints for Guyana’s National Development. He is the recipient of the
Golden Arrow of Achievement for Youth Development, Entrepreneurship and
Community Development. He has worked professionally in various capacities
(Chairman of the Board, CEO, MD, VP, COO, Programme Director and Engineer) for
seven different multinational companies including AT&T Africa & the Middle East.

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