Category Archives: Guyana Diaspora

In memory of: Sydney Norman Abdool – 1927-2021 – By: Geoff Burrowes

– By: Geoff Burrowes

My brother in law Norman died on March 1. 2021, and in his passing we lost a great Guyanese Canadian.

I was blessed to marry into my boss’ family, the Sydney Abdools.

Norman was the eldest, then Marjorie Fredericks, Freddy, Beryl Fredericks and  many years after that, Barbara Magalee and my wife, Norma the baby of the family. When I got to know Norman he was tall and slim and elegant, a handsome man with a dry sense of humour which salted his view of life, often.    Continue reading

Short Stories: Tacuba – By Geoff Burrowes

 – By Geoff Burrowes

There is a word in the Guyanese lexicon: Tacuba

     I’m not sure where the word originates but my understanding is that it refers to a tree or branch that has fallen into a creek or river and over a period of time the bark and the softwood have been worn away by the action of the water, leaving a piece of almost indestructible hardwood.

In our camping days when we came cross a tacuba we would burn it in the fire overnight and it would burn right into the early hours of the morning.      Continue reading

CCJ urges Guyana Government to consider reform of Deed’s Registry Act

— Ruling in property dispute…

Feb 26, 2021 – Kaieteur News – In a judgment delivered yesterday, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) allowed the appeal of Merlene Todd, a Guyanese embroiled in a battle over a city property, which was sold to her on the basis of a fake power of attorney. In confirming Todd’s ownership to the land, the CCJ urged the Government of Guyana to urgently consider reform of the Deed’s Registry Act.

According to a summary of its judgment, the CCJ outlined that Allan Price (now deceased) owned the West Half of Lot 153 Queenstown, Georgetown.      Continue reading

OPINION: Reimagining the Caribbean Diaspora: diversity, equity and inclusion – by Lear Matthews

 by Lear Matthews

 This article focusses on the English speaking Caribbean Diaspora’s experience within the context of diversity, equity and inclusion in the aftermath of recent societal unrest and institutional realignment in the United States. Informed by a concern for social justice and cross-cultural dynamics, this writer unpacks how this population has been affected by the burden of racism and xenophobia. It highlights a continuation of courageous conversations on the topic (See Guyanese Online: February 20-21, 2021).             Continue reading

Guyanese-born Surgeon and Team Saved MLK’s Life After 1958 Harlem Stabbing – Opinion

Black History Month; The West Indian – F

 Plaque dedicating THE AUBREY MAYNARD CARDIAC OPERATING SUITE at Harlem Hospital. (Photo by C. Aklu)

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple in Memphis Tennessee. The following day, April 4, 1968 he was assassinated by James Earl Wray as he stood on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

But his role and achievements in the Civil Rights Movement may have been a lot shorter and less impactful, had it not been for a great team of surgeons and staff that saved his life 10 years earlier in New York City’s Harlem.            Continue reading

OPINION: Who Am I Culturally? – by: Jean Janki Samaroo

Written by: Jean Janki Samaroo

Am I Guyanese, British-Guyanese, Indo-Guyanese, South American, Canadian, Guyanese-Canadian, or some blend of these different cultures? Is my background East-Indian, West-Indian or Indo-Caribbean? What about the fact that my geographical place of birth was South America? Am I just an eclectic person— one of mixed cultural heritages?

The simple answer is that I have been influenced by a diversity of cultures from the day I was born. Whether I’m definitely one thing or the other is worth questioning but the answer that I have will be different to that of another person from the same background. Guyanese are not all the same just as Canadians are not all the same. There are variables.

READ MORE: https://www.browngirldiary.com/post/who-am-i-culturally

GUYANA-born, RUDOLPH DUNBAR (1907-1988) was a musical genius and a brilliant journalist

RUDOLPH DUNBAR – The Pioneering Musician, Campaigning Black Journalist and World War II Correspondent Who Covered The Liberation Of Europe With A Conductor’s Baton In His Knapsack

Rudolph Dunbar

Tim Crook | The Journal

GUYANA-born, RUDOLPH DUNBAR (1907-1988) was a musical genius, a brilliant journalist and indefatigable campaigner for racial justice – but post Second World War, he was discriminated against and excluded from the riches of success he so greatly deserved.

Dunbar was featured and celebrated for his appearances as a conductor and musician on BBC Radio during the 1930s.            Continue reading

Valentine’s Day: Love bloomed out of a Garbage Clean-Up Campaign – by Francis Quamina Farrier

– by Francis Quamina Farrier

February 14 is Valentine’s Day, and in keeping with the spirit of LOVE, let me relate the story of a Love that blossomed right out of a garbage Clean-Up exercise in Georgetown! That may not sound as the most romantic start of an article for Valentine’s Day.

Nonetheless, it is a True Story of Young Love which came to be, because of a garbage clean-up exercise by a group of public spirited Young People in Georgetown. The group, Guyana Shines/Youths for Guyana, is very active in helping to Keep the City Clean.      Continue reading

SHORT STORY: The Impact of an English soldier on a colonial boy! – By Geoff Burrowes

– By Geoff Burrowes

In today’s world he would probably be called an imperialist and an agent and a defendant of imperialism. He was, in fact a soldier who was an original thinker, one prepared to adopt his enemy’s strategies and the lessons of the people indigenous to the region.

His name was Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Boy Scout Movement.             

He was born in 1857. He joined the British Army after school and fought in India and Africa.          Continue reading

VIDEO: Sir Shridath Ramphal – “Sonny” – A Great Son Of Guyana

Caribbean Champion International Statesman The story of a West Indian Icon Sir Shridath Ramphal – “Sonny”

“One of Guyana’s most distinguished citizens”

Published on June 5, 2020. – Narrated by Vic Fernandes

Video Credits: ThamesTv https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNVrM… The Royal Commonwealth Society https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aCgw… Trent University https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5nhT… AP Archive https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8euU9… Old News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciDXi…