Message of Congratulations On The Occasion Of Trinidad & Tobago’s 50th Anniversary Of Independence

With the season now waning, we are again reminded of the reasons for which there is so much worth celebrating.  Ebulliently and with unreserved delight, the Jamaican Kittitian (JamKit) Association extends greetings to our friends and colleagues from the twin island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, who, on 31 August 2012, celebrated their 50th Anniversary of Political Independence.  It is truly hard to encapsulate fully the sheer heady sensation of happiness, pride and accomplishment that comes with being provided, for the second time this year, with cause for pause in commemorating this significant milestone in the life of another Caribbean nation.  Having only just begun to temper our own joys at the achievement of this milestone for our native Jamaica, it is truly special to be able to stand with our sister state and commandingly assure the world that, despite the odds, the political storms have been weathered. 


We hasten to express our gratitude for the support that has been accorded us by our Trini-bagonian family here in the Federation during our experiences along the way.  We ask that our warmth and greetings be reciprocally accepted in full measure.


The specific requirements of guiding a federal nation-state through the intrigues of political independence are likely to be better understood by our Kittitian and Nevisian hosts than by us (Jamaicans).  


This should be understandable, as Jamaica, though an archipelago in geographical terms, has no similarly dual identities in its collective ethos.  The unique relationship between the islands of Trinidad and Tobago has been used over time to exude a socially confident, culturally dynamic, historically rich and religiously diverse national space.  Much like here in the Federation of St. Christopher and Nevis, it can be said that there have been many challenges along the way, but these have served to strengthen our consciousness as a regional family, which, like many other families, must put aside its differences in support of its greater aims.  The JamKit Association salutes the men and women who have contributed to the process along the way and who have assisted in charting a path towards the political and social development of their nation and this region.  We note keenly the Republic’s greats, such as:

  • Dr. Eric Williams (1st Prime Minister of the nation and historian extraordinaire);
  • Hasely Crawford (First Olympic Gold medal winner for the nation in 1976);
  • V.S. Naipaul (Nobel Laureate and literary titan);
  • Brian Lara (Cricketing world record holder and sporting legend);
  • Keshorn Walcott (Gold medal winner of the 2012 Summer Olympics), to name but a few.

There is no feigning the fact that there have been struggles along the road: political upheavals, racial divides, social inequality and economic fluctuation.  Still, this land of Parang and Steel Pan, Chutney and Soca, Doubles and Roti remains a beacon in the region highlighting what can be accomplished when people of diverse extractions aim, even if only in theory, to make a brighter future for themselves and those around them.  We at the JamKit Association are called upon to, and willingly do, embrace you on this unique occasion with heartfelt congratulations.  Our Association hopes that there will be scope for even greater regional co-operation among all our countries, as we all continue along this road together.

May God bless you all as together you aspire and achieve.

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