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GUYANA: Ron Bobb-Semple has taken his final bow — by Francis Quamina Farrier

Ron Bobb-Semple as Marcus Garvey

— by Francis Quamina Farrier 

Guyanese veteran Communicator and actor of stage and screen, Ron Bobb-Semple, recently took his final bow on the stage of life, having lived the prescribed three scores and ten. He is yet another long-standing friend and colleague of mine who has died as a result of COVID-19 complications.
In the Pepperpot Magazine of September 27, 2020, I wrote of losing other long-standing friends and colleagues, including veteran actor of stage, television and screen, Gordon Case, who was based in London, England. Billy Braithwaite and Jimmy Bacchus, two businessmen who were based in New York city and who had contracted the coronavirus in the early stages of its arrival, were featured in the first article of mine which focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. They both were friends of mine for over 55 years.

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GUYANA: Logging History: MANAKA vs STAMPA back in the day – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 – by Francis Quamina Farrier

You could be one of about a hundred persons reading that headline, who would know exactly what this article will relate. In fact, you would be jumping for joy to realize that the sporting interactions of “MANAKA” and “STAMPA” of decades ago are remembered and written about, after all these years. You would also immediately know that this article will recall the glorious days of those two British owned and operated British Guiana timber concessions, which are located on the Essequibo River.

Both had a glorious era of Guianese and British Guiana history of logging. There were also the memorable occasions when sports teams from both locations engaged each other in exciting cricket and football encounters. It was a history which I personally experienced as a youngster, over seven decades ago.          Continue reading

OPINION: Public Outrage over the fiery destruction of Brickdam Police Station – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Guyana Police Force Badge

– by Francis Quamina Farrier

Guyanese both at home and abroad are outraged at the circumstances which led up to the alleged arson destruction of the Brickdam Police Station on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

Official reports state that the self-confessed suspect, Clarence Greene, “was arrested early Saturday morning (October 2, 2021), for armed robbery, but after several hours in the lockups, he became frustrated and started the fire which destroyed over 80 percent of the Brickdam Police Station.” Was this suspect body searched by the police before he was placed in the lock-ups, bearing in mind that he was arrested for the serious crime of armed robbery; people need to know.

In court, the accused is now saying that the video confession was taken under duress, and he is not guilty.

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OPINION: So Many Issues to examine: Here are three – by Francis Quamina Farrier

 — by Francis Quamina Farrier

There is a myriad of issues and topics which keep presenting themselves in competition for immediate consideration to be in this week’s feature article of mine; thus, the decision which required the above headline.

Nonetheless, this article can only accommodate three of the many issues and hot topics which are swirling around at this time.


Image of a Black Woman on the new Canadian $10 bill – By Francis Quamina Farrier   

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The unveiling of a jumbo image of the new Canadian $10 banknote. From left , Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau; Wanda Robson, sister of Viola Desmond who did the unveiling and Governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz.

Image of a Black Woman on the new Canadian $10 bill

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“JULIANA” – A show fit for a president – by Francis Quamina Farrier

“JULIANA” – A show fit for a president, which Burnham would have enjoyed – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

There were quite a number of Birthday Shows staged at the the National Culture Centre, for the late President Forbes Burnham; and as the Director of Drama at the Ministry of Culture, I was involved with most of them, either on stage or in the background, with the production team.

I was at the National Cultural Centre on Friday, July 28, 2017 for the show entitled “JULIANA”, which was staged for the Birthday of President David Granger. During the fast-paced production which included Music, Song, Dance and Choral Speaking, my mind flashed back to those earlier Presidential Birthday Shows which were staged for President Forbes Burnham, and which were very good.    Continue reading


by Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

I have just returned to Guyana after a brief trip up to Region Number Eleven. While there, I was shocked at the May temperatures in Maryland and New York in this year of our Lord 2016! It was so cold for this time of the year. I was of the view that after the month of March, the weather would warm-up! No way was it warm earlier this month – May 2016. Who do not believe in Climate Change, is living under a rock at the Rocky Mountains either in the USA or Canada; or maybe under one of those massive boulders down in the Kaieteur gorge in Guyana.

767-Fly Jamaica

767-Fly Jamaica

Yes, I have to admit that the weather in the north/east of the USA was not too welcoming for me, so when I arrived at the JFK International Airport in New York last Wednesday, to join my Fly Jamaica Airlines flight back to Guyana, I was happy and relieved. Similar to those of the Diaspora, I was “Coming in from the Cold.” I just do not like the cold weather. It is just not my cup of tea, or my bowl of piwari.    Continue reading

“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.   Continue reading

Advice to Guyanese Hosting a Member of the Diaspora for the Jubilee Celebrations” – by Francis Quamina Farrier

Advice to Guyanese Hosting a Member of the Diaspora for the Jubilee Celebrations”

Francis Quamina Farrier

Francis Quamina Farrier

By Francis Quamina Farrier

So you will be hosting a member or members from the Diaspora, visiting for Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary Jubilee Celebrations. Good for you. Good for your Guest(s). Take it from me, it won’t be easy for you or for your guest if you do not have patience and display your best Guyanese personality. Your Guest will be coming with high expectations. You will be expecting a lot from your Guest.

However, make sure that the two expectations are not like two powerful clashing winds which cause terrible, freighting claps of THUNDER. Make sure that you show the kind of Hospitality for which Guyanese have been known for, over the decades and centuries. Be a good Host. In fact, be a great Host. My first advice to you regards your Guest from Foreign, is that you DO NOT impose YOUR itinerary on them. Find out from them what THEY would like to do and where THEY would like to go, and who THEY would like to meet. They may have some suggestions, and you may also have some suggestions. But let the final decision be THEIRS.   Continue reading

Advice to Diaspora returning for the Jubilee Year Celebrations – By Francis Quamina Farrier

To those in the Diaspora returning for the Jubilee Year Celebrations

By Francis Quamina Farrier

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This is the steering wheel of a Guyana mini bus. Please observe the two LARGE indents on the horn caused by continuous honking.

My Fellow Guyanese: If you are one of the hundreds of overseas-based Guyanese, who is returning for the Jubilee Celebrations around May 10 to 30, 2016, then I say a big “WELCOME”, and wish you a great stay. However, I feel duty bound to give you a few tips, if you have not visited the Land of your birth in fifteen, twenty, thirty, or more years. Some of these tips may have already been given to you by concerned relatives and friends.

The very first thing that I will let you know, is that the country has changed; in the same way that almost all other countries around the world, have changed, during the past fifteen to thirty years. But not only has Guyana changed with many of the physical infrastructure; the People, by-and-large, have also changed; and not necessarily for the better.  Continue reading

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