Category Archives: History

Emancipation Day 2021 -President Ali hails contribution of Afro-Guyanese

President Infaan Ali

— recommits to establishment of ‘One Guyana Commission’

ALMOST two centuries after the abolition of the most heinous crime against humanity, slavery, Afro-Guyanese continue to catalyse growth and development, making strides in every sphere of life.

“While we take the time to pay homage to our African-Guyanese brothers and sisters on the occasion of Emancipation, we must seize this opportunity to acknowledge, to value, and to celebrate their tremendous achievements and contributions to national development,” President, Dr. Irfaan Ali, said in his message to commemorate Emancipation Day, 2021.      Continue reading

CANADA: CBC offers special programming in honour of Emancipation Day- August 1. 2021

In recognition of Emancipation Day, CBC has special programming to celebrate, educate and reflect on what freedom means.

Emancipation Day commemorates the abolition of slavery across the British Empire on Aug. 1. On that historic day in 1834, the Slavery Abolition Act came into effect, freeing more than 800,000 people of African descent in Canada and throughout the British Empire.

This year, the House of Commons voted unanimously to designate Aug. 1 as Emancipation Day across Canada.

To mark the day, Being Black in Canada, CBC Gem and CBC Arts will provide the following programming:



Today, August 1, Emancipation Day, is celebrated throughout the Caribbean including Guyana.

In 1833, the Emancipation Act was passed by the British Parliament freeing all slaves in the British Empire. But real freedom did not come until August 1, 1838, since the Emancipation Act specified a number of hours per day over several years which each slave had to serve before full freedom were finally accorded.

This period between 1833 and 1838 is known as the Apprenticeship (System) and accordingly, full freedom came only on August 1, 1838, at the end of Apprenticeship.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Back to Beautiful Buxton – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 The Tipperary Hall. Buxton. The Post Office is now located here.

 Beautiful Buxton – by Francis Quamina Farrier

A few months ago, I wrote an article which has the headline, “From Buxton to Buxton” which juxtaposed the town of Buxton in England and the village of Buxton here in Guyana. Since writing that article, I have done a two-hour walkabout in the Guyana Buxton. During that exercise in which my 83- year-old feet did admirably well, I saw and experienced much of modern-day Buxton in Region 4. I have to say, I was impressed; especially with the people with whom I had verbal communication.            Continue reading

GUYANA: NOSTALGIA: Brown Betty Restaurant – Georgetown – By Geoff Burrowes

  – By Geoff Burrowes

Georgetown was British in its lack of pretension, its laid back style and the laid back lifestyle.

So the Brown Betty was different and exotic with its long silver bar, running down the whole length of its North side and the red leather seats, perched on shiny poles, in front of the bar and red leather booths running down the South side and with a stair case running up to  a landing against the back (West) wall with a shiny silver and red Wurlitzer Juke box dominating the landing and stairs from the lan.ding to the next floor. I never mounted those stairs and imagined  unseen delights up there!        Continue reading


GUSDA: Guyana UK Sports Development Association. London UK

*Sunday 1 AUGUST 2021*
*7pm-10pm BST* 🇬🇧 
*(2pm-5pm* GY/Caribbean/North America
This rich cultural programme will include contributions from, among others:
*Dr Michelle Yaa Asantewa
*Colin Bobb-Semple (FRSA)
*Arthur Torrington CBE
*Christopher Davis (Bahamas)
*Dr Pauline Baird (Japan)
*Charmaine Simpson of Black History Studies 
*Fonoko Singers (USA)
*with special storytelling features by:*
*Dion Glasgow-Douglas of ‘Awe Story Gat Melody’ (USA)
Musical entertainment by: *Mr Marlon & DJ Malachi (GY)*
(no password required)
‘all a we a one family’

GUSDA: Guyana UK Sports Development Association. London UK

UK: From British Guiana to Bristol – 90-year-old reflects on life after Windrush

Eileen (sitting at centre) now has four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Credit: ITV West Country

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Eileen (sitting at centre) now has four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Credit: ITV West Country
Eileen Polis arrived from then British Guiana with very little – but she became an influential and respected member of several Bristol communities as well as one of the first Caribbean nurses at Southmead Hospital.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Morning ride and black coffee – Short Story by Geoff Burrowes


Fo’ day mornin’ is when life starts on a ranch. By the time this story starts we had milked the cows, had breakfast,  saddled up and ridden out into the savannah.  We were some distance from the ranch (Dadanawa Ranch, Rupununi), the Takatu mountains were grey-blue on the horizon and  and  directly in front of us was a hollow choked with bush out of which we were going to round up cattle who had managed to avoid previous roundups.

In my innocence I didn’t realize that this made the cattle different from those I had worked with before. My first realization was when the cow I had startled didn’t run at the sight of this terrifying vacquero (cowboy) but pawed the ground and lowered its head and eyed me and my valiant steed threatingly, head lowered its head swung its wide sweep of horns from side to side.      Continue reading

VIDEO: How to Have Mental Clarity in an Unclear World – Russell Brand

VIDEO: How to Have Mental Clarity in an Unclear World – Russell Brand

After Skool Video – July 20, 2021

Russell Brand is an English comedian, actor, radio host, writer, and activist. Brand has become known as a public activist and campaigner, and has spoken on a wide range of political and cultural issues, including wealth inequality, addiction, corporate capitalism, meditation, spirituality, mental health, the mainstream media and corruption. 

BOOK: ZOOM Event: Guyana’s Political History 1838 -1964 — Dr. Kimani Nehusi – July 25. 2021