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Global eyes magazine summer 2011

  1. 1. global eyes 2ndQUARTERSummer Edition Manitoba African and Caribbean Quarterly Magazine Winniversity makes us strong Dr. Vincent Adams - from humble beginnings to the moutain top Brian Cline, Aboriginal Hoop Dancer, Marty Dolin, Champion for Refugess Retires, Chilean Dancer, Middleeastern Dancer, Indian Daners, Ethiopian Dancers, Inuit Throat singer Nikki Kimaksiutiksak, Rwandan Dancers
  2. 2. Global Eyes Summer Reading Selections - Integra Archer“The Brief and Wonderous Life of Oscar calm, precise and sensitive, and show you why thisWao” by Junot Diaz young writer is worthy of all her critical acclaim. This charming (Pulitzer-Prize winning) novel She has the ability to take the reader into of some offollows a Dominican-American family’s epic journey life’s smallest moments, with such honesty and insight,back through the generations as young, “ghetto nerd” that you have to, at times, rest the book down and closeOscar seeks to understand the legendary curse on his your eyes and just, stay there for a, which he beings to blame for his strong desire Each story is full, beautifully crafted and unforgettable.for romance which has proven impossible to fulfill. Adichie has a gift for taking us into worlds many areThis high-energy story is filled with all kinds of unfamiliar with, but into feelings our hearts candetails about life in the Dominican Republic; recognize as their own. She has a deep understandingpolitics, Spanish sayings and myths, that are told in a of her characters, and skillfully and thoughtfullyfantastic way that is both casual and vibrant. Filled reveals them.with unstereotypical, rich characters that are Contemplating the spaces between Nigeria anddefinitely flawed, but always passionate, this is a fun America; between men and women, and parents andand quirky novel that slowly wins your heart. children, between beauty and sorrow, Adichie navigates the human desire to find balance betweenExcerpt from “The Brief and Wonderous two opposing forces. And she does so with both sharpLife of Oscar Wao”: wit, and broad, yet subtle grace. Excerpt from “Imitation” in “The Thing Around “His affection—that gravitational mass of love, Your Neck”:fear, longing, desire, and lust that he directed at any “‘I love you’, she says, although the phone is alreadyand every girl in the vicinity without regard to looks, dead. She tries to visualize Obiora, but she can’tage, or availability—broke his heart each and every because she is not sure if he is at home, in his car, orday. Despite the fact the he considered it this huge somewhere else. And then she wonders if he is alone,sputtering force, it was actually most like a ghost or if he is with the girl with the short curly hair. Herbecause no girl ever really seemed to notice it. mind wanders to the bedroom in Nigeria, hers andOccasionally they might shudder or cross their arms Obiora’s, that still feels like a hotel room everywhen he walked near, but that was about it.” Christmas. Does this girl clutch her pillow in sleep? Do this girl’s moans bounce off the vanity mirror?“The Thing Around Your Neck” by Does this girl walk to the bathroom on tiptoe as sheChimamanda Ngozi Adichie herself had done as a single girl when her married This powerful collection of short stories is perfect boyfriend brought her to his house for a wife-awayfor reading under the sun. Adichie’s writing style is weekend?” Top: Victor Mager Boys and Girls Club doing the Congo line at its Multicultural Festival (inset- Glen Williams Manager) Right Rwandan dance group performing at Immigrant’s Women’s Assoc. Multicultural Expo March 2011. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 2
  3. 3. Reflection Beatrice Watson Champion of Equality for Blacks While visiting Toronto last March 2011 I heard about the I read somewhere that the daypassing of Dudley Laws a distinguished black activist and role before he passed, he held amodel to many blacks in and out of the Ontario prison system. meeting in his hospital room - Laws’ life was about fighting for the rights of youths and to taking care of business.keep as many black youths as possible out of the prison system For the giant he was, Laws wasand tto rehabilitate those were in the system. That was his soft spoken and had an air oflife’s work. humility. His jet white beard Highly respected in the Toronto community Laws passing agaist velvet black skin gave himmade the front page of many community and mainstream a distinguished statesman look,publications around Toronto. Parts of Toronto streets were which he was.closed off to the public to allow community to honour the Laws will be rememberedman they called friend, father, husband, rock, mentor, rights most for his bull-dog approachfighter among others. The community’s love and for justice and respect from the Toronto police forappreciation poured out in numerousletters to the editors. African Canadians. Keturah Matheson celebrated 100 years on June 4, Speaker of the House is Moving on 2011 surrounded by family and close friends. Originally from the Island of“The first Inuit to be elected to the Manitoba legislature is Jamaica, Ms Matheson livescalling it quits. with her daughter Carmen George Hickes, who represents the constituency of Point Reynolds. Carmen said her Douglas is retiring and won’t mother attributes her long life to seek re-election in the hard work, good food without upcoming election on poisonous fertilizers and a clean October 4, 2011. life. He has served as the MLA She said her mother became a Pentecostal Christian ince the for Point Douglas since age 30 and has lived a Christian 1990. Mr. Hickes was the life ever since. She never drank also the or smoked but worked at several jobs to maintain her First Speaker to be elected seven children as a single parent, Carmen said and added by the legislative assembly that her mother worked until she was 75 years old. Among in a secret ballet election in the jobs her mother held were Nurse’s Aide, Public Works 1999 and again in 2003 and and owner of a grocery store where she cooked and sold food. 2007. Carmen said her mother appreciates her long life but that He will continue to serve as she is ready to go to her eternal home. Carmen said that a long life has benefits and disadvantages as well. She said MLA until the writ is her mother is not as mobile as before, all her friends have dropped for the October 4th passed away and she has outlived three of her ownelection and will continue children and two great grandsons. “It is very difficult toto serve as Speaker until a new Speaker is elected by lose a child at any age. Her two great grand sons were ofmembers. tender ages” Carmen informed. George is planning on spending more time with his Carmen has been taking care of her mother for the lastfamily, most of whom live in Nunavut.” 12 years. Globaleyes takes this opportunity to wish Mr. Hickes a Carmen said she does not want to live that long but she might not have a say in that as she has good genes on bothhappy and fruitful retirement from the Legislature. sides of her family. Congrats Mama Matheson! Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 3
  4. 4. You remember me? There are so many things in this world that I consider a Subscribe Today blessing, the fact that I was born in Canada, that I was able to have a good education, that my family is healthy and happy and the fact that my mom makes the best apple pie in the world. Name:_________________________________________________________ The other thing that I think is great is that I live in such a diverse city as Winnipeg. Address:________________________________________________ If you look in the dictionary you will find the definition of Postal Code_______________ diversity is; the state or fact of being diverse; different, Phone:_______________________ unlikeness. How many of us have thought of ourselves that way at one time or another? I know I have and when I do I smile. Email address:_______________________ I recently had a cable guy visit my home on a service call. When he came in the first thing he asked me was if I graduated Support Global Eyes Magazine if you think from this specific high school. To my amazement I said “yes I we’re doing a good job. did”, then he said “you graduated in 1995 right?” and again my Subscription: $15.00 per year for 4 issues. answer was yes. Well it turned out that I graduated with this I Would like to receive upcoming event notices person. The first thought that I had in my mind was “you from the Caribbean/Black/larger community - remember me?” We had a pretty large graduating class and I by email or by phone (YES/NO) thought it was funny that he recognized me but I didn’t remember him. When I told a friend this story she commented that it was probably because there weren’t very many black Mail cheque/Money Order to: Global Eyes Magazine people in your graduating class, because you were different 671 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg, people will sooner remember you. A light bulb clicked on at that Manitoba R3L 1G6 moment…she’s probably right! At that point I decided to look at some of my old class picturesGlobal Eyes is an independent magazine devoted to and realized what a diverse group of people that I was learningpromoting cultural awareness of the African and with over the years, it was pretty amazing the different faces thatCaribbean communities of Manitoba and to highlight theissues and concerns of these communities. It also aims stood beside me from elementary school growing up in the Northand promoting cultural diversity and appreciation. Its End of the city to the limited number of different faces once I gotmandate is to be a quarterly publication featuring articles, into high school.and the achievements of local, national and international Winnipeg continues to embrace its diversity as a city with sopersonalities that are of interest to the African/caribbean many amazing festivals, exhibits, gatherings and events thatcommunity, promoting healthy living by providing healthtips showcase such a variety of cultures and backgrounds. We are proudand recipes as well as editorials with African/Caribbean of our title of Cultural Capital of Canada and with events likesensibilities and letters to the editor. The Magazine is Folklorama, which continues to be one of the biggest (and longestproduced under a volunteer editorial committee that running) premiere cultural events anywhere, we embrace our diversityassists with proof-reading, publicity and distribution. wholeheartedly. How diverse are you? What have you learned about another culture, religion, or ethnicity lately? No matter how old you are you never stop growing mentally and your wisdom can be shared with the younger generation around you. Manitoba welcomes over 30, 000 immigrants every 5 years. Those are 30, 000 diverse, unlike, different people who have one thing in common – they have chosen to live in this country and this province. If you haven’t been to some of the festivals that we have in this great city over the course of a year make an effort to take one in whether you visit one of the 46 Pavilions of Folklorama, check out the pow wow on Aboriginal Day, take in the music and food at Multiculturalism Day, Icelandic Festival or Festival Du Voyageur, or try one of the hundreds of different restaurants in this city you Winnipeg seniors kicked off Seniors Month with a walk will never be at a loss for something new to try around the Legisltive grounds. Minister of Healthy Living, here in Winnipeg. And who knows you might Youth and Seniors Jim Rondeau led the walk after the run into someone you know! seniors were properly warmed up. Each participant received a pedometer to track their steps. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 4
  5. 5. GLOBAL EYES MAGAZINE Out and About GEM’s RegularEditor: Beatrice Watson ContributorsDistributed to local businesses, and in Winnipeg andvia email to individuals in Manitoba and formerManitobans in various parts of the world.To receive Global Eyes by mail please send acheque for $15.00 to:Global Eyes Magazine671 Rathgar AvenueWinnipeg, Manitoba R3L 1G6 Neil Pitamber,Phone: 204-477-1588 Caribbean Shield A prolific writer, and owner, Caribbean ShieldAll contents are (c) 2011 and may not be reprintedwithout the express or written permission by theauthor of the article in question or the Editor.Published by Global Eyes Publishing since 1990Special thanks to Nadia Thompson and IntegraArcher, who have contributed to this issue. Robin Dwarka, Board Member, Community Vibe Several Manitoba LEAF Board members joined Betty Hopkins, Chair, at a small reception to meet the new LEAF National Executive Director Sheryl Hoshizaki. There was information sharing, laughter among this group of awesome women - committed to making the Lara Badmus, LLB world a better place. (Front l to r Discipline Counsel Sheryl Hoshizaki, Betty Hopkins, The Law Society of Manitoba Beatrice Watson, Cyndi Forcand, Buchi (Back l - r Onye Nnadi, Susan Burns, Jan Perchal, Maxine McCrae. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 5
  6. 6. Local briefs Multiculturalism Day was a Big Hit CCOM (Council of CaribbeanVICTOR MAGER Organizations of Manitoba Inc.)SCHOOL held a Thanksgiving Service toMULTICULTURAL give thanks for the OrganizationsPROGRAM 30 year- Anniversary at the Caribbean Culture Centre on Victor Mager Boys and Fife Street with three officiatingGirls Club held its 15th pastors including Pastor Cornish,Annual Multicultural Festival Chaplain Supt. Devon Clunisat Victor Mager School on and Father Henry Falconer.March 25, 2011 where more Musician Larry Strachan playedthan 200 people participated. on the donated piano. Andrew“We are proud to share this Junior, a youth from the Anansicelebration of cultures. Performing Arts Group was oneThrough our festival we hope Natalie Reynolds and of the readers at this encourage a respect and a Renee Batson Chaplain Superintendent Devoncelebration of many different The Forks came alive with cultural dances, Clunis thanked the community forcultures that exist in our very songs, poetry and music that reflected the diverse being there for him as a youth.own community” stated Glen nations in Winnipeg. There were also cultural He said he owed his success toWilliams, Club Manager. displays and artworks by Congress of Black them also to two teachers who The event was celebrated Women promoting arts by black women and believed in him. He said it is thewith cultural dinner, culturalperformances by Chin Wu immigrant students from Grant Park and Gordon people who take time to see theAthletic Associaon, B&G Bell High Schools. potential in others who make aDancer Crew, McConnell The Congress of Black Women partnered with difference. “Through yourSchool Dance, Ballet the Manitoba Association of Rights and Liberties hardwork you’ve made it easierFolklorico Raices de El (MARL) in organizing this year Multiculturalism for people like me to succeed.”Salvador, Coffie Evans and day celebration at the Forks. The Congress ofMagdaragat Philippines and Black Women held a preMulticulturalism Socialalso music by Rocalypso. at the Inn at the Forks with Bubba as MC and DJ We wish the Club Nulight and Sounds. Hon. Flor Marcelino was oncontinued success in hand to give her blessing to the event. She wasorganizing this important also at the Forks the following day and broughtfestival for the Boys and greetings on behalf of the .Manitoba Government.Girls Clubs and their families. The event was held indoor for fear of the rain predictions but there was no rain. It was beautiful day with lots of beautiful different people intermingling. Pastor Cornish Spearheaded by Cindy Murdoch, Executive Pastor Director of MARL, the program ran smoothly Henry and chairs provided Falconer,(r) were always occupied in Chaplain Supt. spite of the comings and Devon goings of the people. Clunis, (l) participants Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 6
  7. 7. Editorial - Take One Manitoba’s premier celebration of different than a diverse City with people from all cultures is upon us again. It is the time walks of life and privilege is becoming not based on when we appreciate each other and colour but on who you know just like in the old celebrate what we brought to this countries. We all are familiar with the phrase is not country, our food, our ways and our what you know but who you know. We newcomers stories. Folklorama gives us the have a responsibility to get out there and network,opportunity to wear our pride o our sleeves and for a joint mainstream organizations and help others tomoment we feel totally accepted at home and proud to understand us and feel comfortable with ourcall Canada home. differences. Unless we stretch our arms out in How has Folklorama changed Winnipeg? Many friendship and love we will not feel the hands that arepeople seem to think that after the flurry of eating reaching toward us. Let’s do our part and spread thestrange foods and seeing strange dances people return love and feel the love in return that we get from ourto their cocoons but whether we see it or not there are compatriots.shifts in the consciousness of Winnipeg residents. The See you at a pavilion near generations that are growing up do not know any Black Odyssey - by Dr. Marion James (Second Instalment) The first wave of black emigration was engineered in the all Black Corps called the Black Pioneers. by Governor Denonville (1688) There is now a country called the USA. In other who requested the right to import words the British lost the war. Consequently there Black s by 1720 the citizens was an influx of black and white loyalists comprised themselves petitioned for the same of free black men who came into Canada then called right. In 1759 more than 1000 British North America. slave black slaves landed in New It was estimated than 35000 free black men Francis. Half lived in Montreal women and children were transported to Nova Scotia the other s went to Louisburg in which at the time included New Brunswick. The Cape Britain Island and Nova white loyalists brought 2000 slaves, many of the Scotia. In Montreal the slaves slaves with their loyalist owners settled in Nova worked as domestic servants in Scotia. A few hundred went to Lower Canada andthe homes driving carriages or served as butlers. about 500 and their masters went to Kingston Despite the conquest of New France by Britain Niagara Peninsular (Upper Canada). The rest wentslavery did not end. To the contrary, the articles of to Prince Edward Island, New Found land. In othercapitulation guaranteed to French and Canadian words, there was a black community all over Northresidents the right to continue d ownership of black and America, free men and slaves. (To be continued in theIndian slaves. next issue) The second wave was just over a100 years late camein two phases in 1793 marked the arrival of United COMMUNITY RESOURCESEmpire Loyalists from the revolutionary American War. If you are a student and looking for help with yourThat is the war which began after the Boston Tea party education, the following organizations providea revolutionary uprising the slogan chant: “no taxation annual scholarships to deserving students:without representation,” was one of the primary beefs Horace Patterson Foundationfor the Americand. In the War of Independence those Congress of Black Womenwho supported Britain were called the United Empire These scholarships are earmarked for youths of African ancestry. Call the respective organizationsLoyalists. Britain promised freedom for slaves if they to find out about their deadlines.join the British effort. They fought alongside British or Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 7
  8. 8. From Humble Beginnings to the Top of the World Thanks to theinternet and theconstant sharing ofinformation whichbrings us closer toeach other on a dailybasis, a GuyaneseNational cameacross a newspaperarticle featuring an she knew the value of a goodimpressive Guyanese education which shepersonality living inculcated in him from alarge in the USA and young age.found out she knows He said he grew up in anhim, tracked him GCO Board members with area what might be know indown and brought Dr. Vincent Adams North American sensibilityhim to Winnipeg. as the ghetto or the projects Guest speaker at 45th (the two dominant but said he was lucky to be would not be where heIndependence Anniversary races in the country), surrounded by good people is today. His mother.banquet sponsorred by the Dr. Vincent could who took an interest in him. Masters’ Degrees inGuyanese Cultural well be Guyana’s Dr. Adams is one of those GroundwaterOrganization, Dr. Vincent Obama but he does people who appear to be born Hydrology andAdams to all appearances not plan to run for under a lucky star, destined for Geological Petroleumwas a coup. He delivered office, at least not success. If not for an accident Engineeringthe goods in Guyanese style now. he would have had a career as a respectively afterand he reminded in look While Dr. Adams professional cricketer. which he completed aand substance of LFS has been written up in Mentored by the one of the PhD in EnvironmentalBurnham, the late Prime various newspapers greatest West Indian cricketers, Engineering at theMinister of Guyana who in Guyana and Basil Butcher, Dr. Adams was University ofwas known for his oratorial elsewhere for his about to sign a contract with a Tennessee. He iscommand. brilliance and professional team when the currently the Site Guyana is having excellence in accident occured and being the Manager at Portsmouthelections this year, and half academics and his lucky guy he is, was allowed to Uranium Enrichmentof Dr. Vincent’s speech career, lauded as a enter university in the middle of Plant; Chief Engineerurged Guyanese to tell their Son of Guyana” he the year. at Savannah Rivercontacts in Guyana to get told the audience Dr. Adams never looked back. Nuclear site without and participate in the “there is another side thousands under his He took to academics as he did toelectoral process. He said to me and I want to overall supervision, cricket - like a duck to is mandatory if share that with you He is a man of values and he yet there is an air ofdemocracy is to prevail. tonight.” said he has learned some valuable humility and lessons in life. One such value isHe argued that Guyana’s Tall, imposing with ordinariness about him. never to forget your roots and theblight is its race politics a commanding inand said unless that is set Scholar and importance of paying it forward. presence, looking professional public “We have all become successfulaside there will be no solid over his glasses, hegrowth for Guyana. servant, Dr. Adams because we were helped by other spoke about the said his mother did not and received good grounding in Bi-racial with a mixture woman he loved know how to write but Guyana I want to be that village toof Indo and Afro Guyanese without whom he others. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 8
  9. 9. NATURAL MUSTIQUE‘...Sunday morning! Hey backslider!; lyin’ on yu belly li’ a eem, Oh Highly Most High!; di point a diblack spider monkey!; yu head pon di wrong rock; tie up in a lesson yu must try to belee’ in; fuh everymoney; chook yu fingers in yu ears?; den yu must ha’ to feel; action He ha’ He reasons; yu creeping aroun’daily bread is di sweetest Caribbean meal; so when yu see yu li’ a bush dog a night; a black panther widout al’il share; no mus’ squeal; man belongs in God house; mouse real cause in he life; a camoudi wrap up in dibelongs in di field; a man pon Orange an’ King ha’ he wrong set a ting; salipenta wey pent up in a dilittle basket; hustlin’ fi pack out a fresh crop a ‘wisdom’; an’ wrong pen; capuchin wey a sing li’ Adrian Dutchin;di final product eem place under eem tam; ‘It a di birthright jagurundi wey a run ting buh carry di wrong swing;of Rasta in Jah kingdom; El Shaddai!; Eem wi’ always kinkajou wey look cute but a steal fowl egg; grison wey aprovide for I an’ I; Elohim!; Hail eem, oh Haile Rastafari!’; scowl buh all when he see yu he fled; ent nothin’ sweeterbuh di point a di lesson is did man belee’ in; a time fuh every dan a mango in rainy season; dey ent nothin’ meeker danpu’pose an’ season; Friday aft’noon! Hey chamar!; Nisbet a man; ent nothin’ meeker dan a man; widout somethin’ toPlantation no ha’ no species like yu; bury yu head in di belee’ in; El Shaddai!; Eem wi’ always provide for yu an’groung; sin still a find yu; close yu mind to di world; buh yu I; look fuh di Star of David; amongst all di kings in di sky;must ha’ to think; daily wine is di sweetest Caribbean drinks; dey is but one; Elohim!; Hail di Father an’ di Son;dis teacher wey me know a di University; never stop fuh Almighty God!; King of Kings; oh Highly Highly High!;worship, only fuh degree; she ha’ diploma in she office doh wan’ to hear?; den yu must ha’ to feel; daily bread;display pon di wall; buh love doh bless she none at all; El yes, me fren’; ent no better CaribbeanmealShaddai! Eem wi always provide for yu an’ I; Elohim; Hail Nuptials Congratulations to Marcella Ann Austin and Sterling Normal Anderson who were Kadeja wedded in Toronto on February 5, 2011. Youngest daughter of Devon Rita Austin of Guyana Cultural Organization (GCO,) Marcella is an Congratulations to Assistant Manager inWhen you reap the fruits never Guyanese Award the advertising field.forget who planted the seeds. Winners Sterling hails from Dr. Adams is continually Cincinnati, Ohio and isgiving back in the US and Dr. Adams also helped in presenting awards to an award-winningGuyana. He adopted a class writer. He wrote ain Brooklyn and got the three Guyanese youths who have excelled in teleplay called Thestudents to spend a day with Heist. Sterling has written their careers or Simple Life of Noahthe Nobel Prize Winner in two books on writing, academic pursuits Dearborn for CBSPhysics which changed their Writing Without Fear andview of future possibilities starring Sidney Poitier, Hayden Haley (mom which received three Beyond Screenwriting.for themselves. Debra Bristol receives Sterling presently guest The Guyanese community Emmy Nominations and the award in his won an Image Award. lectures and panels onin Winnipeg showed theirpride shamelessly and one absence), Devon He began writing on screenwriting at film Duncan and Kadeja schools and festivalscouldn’t miss that satisfied network television around the country.look on the faces of all who Duncan shows, such as CBS’s Globaleyes wish theheard him. The Unit, as well as couple a long and happy NBC’s Medium and life together Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 9
  10. 10. Manitoba Lt. Governor hosts reception to celebrate CBW’s 30th Anniversary Congress of Black Women members pose with Hon. Philip S. Lee and Her Honor Mrs. Anita Lee Flosoul Kenny McLaren The Congresss of Black Women celebrated its 30 year anniversary in style at a reception hosted by the Natalie Reynbolds Lieutenant Government Hon. Philip S. Lee and Her Honour Mrs. Anita The Past Presidents were Lee in May 2011. recognized as well as the The event was marked with speech current Board members. by then President, Lisa Hackett who presented a brief history of the *** organization’s achievements. Congratulations to Antoinette Local entertainers, Flosoul who Zloty who has been elected the new Congress President at recently opened for Lauryn Hill, its 2011 AGM and Lois Kenny McLaren, and Natalie Archer, freshly minted ViceParticipants at Congress of Black Women Reynolds, lent their talents to make AGM President the evening more special. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 10
  11. 11. Regulars Letter to my children A lot has happened over the past few months.It’s like the world has been turned upside down. all that really matters in this world. All the stuff canThere have been earthquakes, floods, tornados, be replaced but we cannot replace lost lives.volcanic eruptions and other pestilences that have Saving a life, or offering comfort and generosity totaken a toll on life and personal and community another is worth a lot. I heard on the radio one dayproperties. These natural disasters leave us where a woman offered her home to people whofeeling helpless, confused and wondering what’s had lost everything and had no where to live. Whengoing on. We may not know but nature does. It is I witness this level of kindness something moves indoing its work, we’re just in the way. We have to my heart. I feel the energy that connects us allaccept it is what it is. The upside to this downing surge within me. I try to look at the good sidesituation is the opportunity we get to see the because if I focus on all that is bad it just leavesdisplay of human affection in action. We get to me feeling worse, I encourage you to do the same,see the best in each other as neighbours pitch in to look for the good in anything and you will find ithelp one another; people leave their own work to and you will feel good even in times like these.voluntarily help those in worse situations. This is Love momthe human spirit at work. These are solid proofsthat we came from a source of goodness and that’s Global CounsellorDear global counselor, stomach hurt. boyfriend does that madeI am tearing up with Dear Rat, I begged him not to you jealous.guilt because I Jealous is said to be tell my girlfriend, to You misplaced your angerbetrayed my girlfriend. one of the deadly sins. keep it a secret. “Why from your boyfriend andShe has this cute You’ve said it are you doing this?” he placed it on your friend.boyfriend who really yourself, you have asked me. I thought you Perhaps you might want tolikes her and he thinks betrayed a friend and guys were friends,” he rethink your relationshipshe’s so special. He most of all you’ve added and walked with this boyfriend of yours.always says nice things betrayed yourself - the away. If he is not meeting yourabout her to me and my good part of you. I feel like a rat. I feelfriends. He thinks she You’re a good person needs, find someone who so horrible inside Iis so great. My who gave in to your does. cannot begin to tell youboyfriend does the lower self. Remember when you how much I wish I hadopposite, sometimes I There is nothing that gossip about othersyou’re kept my mouth shut,think he doesn’t care is beyond repair hurting yourself, you’re how much I wished Iabout me. I am jealous although some repairs showing yourself to be was not so jealous ofof my girlfriend. I take longer than others. someone who likes to gossip my best friend.Most ofasked her boyfriend if This one might be one and thereby putting yourself all I feel ashamed ofhe would think she is of those. down. Give in sometime and myself and sadso special if I told him Because your confess to your friend and because I know I haveshe had an abortion ask for her forgiveness. lost some important boyfriend does not paytwo years ago. He was people who were in you the complimentsstunned; he looked like my life. that your girlfrienda lost dog and I felt my Please help me Rat cont’d on p18 Global Eyes Magazine Summer2011 11
  12. 12. In Your Back Yard Happy Birthday Desire Richard Desiree Richards recently celebrated a significant Ah We Kine a Foodbirthday with family and friends within the The Women’s Social Group ofCaribbean and larger community. Held at the St. Vincent and TheCaribbean Cultural Centre, 1100 Fife Street the Grenadines Society ofevent featured an array of cultural foods potluck Winnipeg celebrated 25 yearsstyle and delicious desserts including sex-in-the pan, of cooking up a storm ofabsolutely to die for. delicious mouthwartering The celebration included a powerpoint goodies that typifies Caribbeanpresentation highlighting the birthday girl’s cuisine and this year was noimportant milestones from the little girl in St. exception.Vincent Catholic School to wife and mother. It was a Held at the Caribbean Cultural Centre, 1100 Fife, thefun and entertaining evening with karioke and event as usual attracted a fulldancing until midnight. It was fun watching people house and was celebrated withlet loose the singers in them. dance, poetry Birthday and songs. Party Desiree and hubby The serving sizes were emcee large and in Caribbean parlance was a “belly full” meal. Grenada Choir Mrs. Angela Cupid Coconut tarts, pholouri, coconut buns and more Happy birthday to Veronica Joseph who also celebrated a significant birthday recently *** Birthday wishes to all those Johh Jack, getting into who celebrated their birthdays the music Desiree and during the last three months, like a pro contestant may your days be many and Desiree gets a big birthday your health be perfect. This is not hug from her hubby. (Top) *** Val Fraser Grenada choir, Desiree’s Congratulations to Karon andbut her look friend who was the emcee, Sherrod Chester who becamealike sister The birthday girl’s parents again to a bouncing daughter doing the belly baby boy on none other than from BC dance. As you can see Father’s Day2011. What Dennis Cupid people were really serious greater blessing could there be! about their singing. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 12
  13. 13. ….…..PIECING TOGETHER MEMORIES Forty-five years after Barbados supposedly won itsindependence from the United Kingdom, we are still decided to take matters into their own hands! Findingcelebrating the Queen of England’s birthday and the travails and indignities of slavery to benominating outstanding Barbadians for honours that are unbearable, they hatched a plot to rid Barbados of thedispensed by this most English of queens on her birthday. vile slave masters, and to establish a black We Barbadians seem to be so devoted to this monarchical system of government with a Gold CoastCaucasian queen- the leading representative of an elder by the slave-name of “Cuffy” to be elevated toinstitution that participated intimately in the enslavement the throne as King of Barbados.and oppression of our ancestors- that we would The story of “Cuffy” (the man who would be Kingseemingly do anything to continue clinging to her royal of Barbados) and of the slave rebellion of 1675 hascloak-tails. come down to us via a 1676 pamphlet that wasBut perhaps, the real source of this seeming devotion to published in England under the title- “Great NewesElizabeth II is an ingrained Barbadian regard for the from the Barbadoes, or A True and Faithful Accountinstitution of monarchy in general, rather than any of the Grand Conspiracy of the Negroes against theparticular love for the distant octogenarian who currently English”. The pamphlet records that a rebellion wassits on the throne of England. plotted by many “Coromantee or Gold-Coast Well, if this is the case, perhaps Barbadians might be Negroes” over a period of years, in such secrecy thatinterested in exploring the story of the great black man even the wives of the plotters were unaware of it.who should have been King of Barbados- almost exactly And the central role of “King Cuffy” in the enterprise336 years ago. was explained as follows:- It was the year of 1675, and the 50 year old British “An ancient Gold-Cost (sic) Negro called Cuffyslave colony of Barbados had settled into a routine of was chosen as King, and he was to be crowned onimporting large numbers of enslaved Africans from the June 12, 1675, in a Chair of State exquisitivelyUpper and Lower Guinea coasts of West Africa- the wrought and carved after their mode with bows andpresent day nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, arrows to be likewise carried in State before hisIvory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria- and Majesty their intended King: trumpets to be made ofworking them to death on the island’s burgeoning sugar elephants’ teeth and gourdes were to be sounded onplantations. several hills to give notice of their general rising, At the time, Barbados was firmly in the grip of an elite with a full intention to fire the sugar-canes, and soclass of white plantocrats who, having survived the run in and cut their masters, the Planters’, throats inrevolutionary year of 1649- the year in which both the their respective Plantations...”’white indentured servants and the black slaves made Unfortunately, the meticulously planned rebellionunsuccessful attempts at rebellion- were in a state of was sold out two weeks before the commencementover-confident complacency about their dominance over date by a young 18 year old slave who had lost histhe oppressed labouring class. nerve. This led to Martial Law being declared by the You see, what the white Barbadian slave masters had governor- Governor Atkins- and to the conspiratorsfailed to take proper note of was that increasingly, a much being arrested en mass. A summary court of “oyerhigher proportion of the newly imported enslaved and terminer” was appointed to examine and try moreAfricans were so-called “Coromantees” from the Gold than 100 suspects, and at the end of it all, some forty-Coast region of the Lower Guinea Coast- present day two slaves were executed, five committed suicide inGhana. jail, and seventy were either deported or sent back to In Dr. Richard Allsopp’s “Dictionary of Caribbean their owners after a savage flogging.English Usage” it is explained that “Coromantee” was a What, you may ask, became of “King Cuffy?” Well,“name used to identify a particular kind of slaves from no-one can say for certain, but it is likely that he wasthe Gold Coast noted both for their sturdiness and fidelity one of the executed martyrs. The truth is that we don’ton the one hand and for their fierce vengefulness when know a lot about Cuffy, the man who should haveill-treated.” been King of Barbados, other than that he was Well, needless-to-say, it was not long before the African (Gold Coast) born, and was of advanced age.tremendously ill-treated “Coromantees” of Barbados Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 13
  14. 14. Second Annual Cookout a Smash Hit - Robin Dwarka Community Vibes’ held its second annual Cookout on June 4th in Central Park in Winnipeg’s downtown. The event was originally conceived by the members of Community Vibes as a way to “bring back the days of family oriented block parties and make people feel good” said Troy Osiname, President and founder of Community Vibes. The event was co-sponsored by Food Fare, CNDC, Manitoba Multiculturalism Secretariat, Assiniboine Credit Union and Streetz Enriko 104.7FM with support from Portage Place, University of Winnipeg Wesmen and Junior Wesmen Flosoul Inner City Basketball Program, Higher Level Fitness, and several local businesses. This year, the entertainment program was emceed by Streetz 104.7FM’s Miss Melissa and included performances by Flo, Ericko, and other local performers with sound by DJ Vibesman. Other activities included a free community BBQ and games for the whole family including a soccer clinic. Local artists and vendors brought a market feel to the cookout. Community Vibes is now in its third year and continues to bring innovative ideas and events to the community. For more information or to get involved with Community Vibes visit their website at or contact Community Vibes at (Photos by Robin Dwarka) NICCOM Mini Folklorama a Hit Participants swelled the Burnell Street communityCentre where NICCOM (Nigerian Canada CommunityOrganization of Manitoba Inc) hosted its 2nd annual mini-Folklorama. There were representatives of the all thepolitical parties and a plethora of vendors with productsfor sale. The event was marked by a combination of culturalperformances and fashion show featuring Nigerian couture. Minister of Justice, Hon. Andrew Swan joins Coffie in producing some flavorful African music. Participants in the African Fashion Show Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 14
  15. 15. Celebrating UN Declaration of 2011 International Year of Africa THE MAN WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN KING OF BARBADOS - Davida CommisiongForty-five years after Barbados supposedly won its government with a Gold Coast elder by the slave-nameindependence from the United Kingdom, we are still of “Cuffy” to be elevated to the throne as King of Barbados.celebrating the Queen of England’s birthday and The story of “Cuffy” (the man who would be King ofnominating outstanding Barbadians for honours that are Barbados) and of the slave rebellion of 1675 has comedispensed by this most English of queens on her birthday. down to us via a 1676 pamphlet that was published in We Barbadians seem to be so devoted to this England under the title- “Great Newes from theCaucasian queen- the leading representative of an Barbadoes, or A True and Faithful Account of the Grandinstitution that participated intimately in the Conspiracy of the Negroes against the English”. Theenslavement and oppression of our ancestors- that we pamphlet records that a rebellion was plotted by manywould seemingly do anything to continue clinging to her “Coromantee or Gold-Coast Negroes” over a period ofroyal cloak-tails. years, in such secrecy that even the wives of the plotters But perhaps, the real source of this seeming were unaware of it. And the central role of “King Cuffy”devotion to Elizabeth II is an ingrained Barbadian in the enterprise was explained as follows:-regard for the institution of monarchy in general, rather “An ancient Gold-Cost (sic) Negro called Cuffy wasthan any particular love for the distant octogenarian chosen as King, and he was to be crowned on June 12,who currently sits on the throne of England 1675, in a Chair of State exquisitively wrought and Well, if this is the case, perhaps Barbadians might be carved after their mode with bows and arrows to beinterested in exploring the story of the great black man likewise carried in State before his Majesty theirwho should have been King of Barbados- almost intended King: trumpets to be made of elephants’ teethexactly 336 years ago. and gourdes were to be sounded on several hills to give It was the year of 1675, and the 50 year old British notice of their general rising, with a full intention to fireslave colony of Barbados had settled into a routine of the sugar-canes, and so run in and cut their masters, theimporting large numbers of enslaved Africans from the Planters’, throats in their respective Plantations...”’Upper and Lower Guinea coasts of West Africa- the Unfortunately, the meticulously planned rebellion waspresent day nations of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, sold out two weeks before the commencement date by aIvory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria- and young 18 year old slave who had lost his nerve. This ledworking them to death on the island’s burgeoning sugar to Martial Law being declared by the governor-plantations. Governor Atkins- and to the conspirators being arrested At the time, Barbados was firmly in the grip of an en mass. A summary court of “oyer and terminer” waselite class of white plantocrats who, having survived the appointed to examine and try more than 100 suspects,revolutionary year of 1649- the year in which both the and at the end of it all, some forty-two slaves werewhite indentured servants and the black slaves made executed, five committed suicide in jail, and seventyunsuccessful attempts at rebellion- were in a state of were either deported or sent back to their owners after aover-confident complacency about their dominance savage flogging.over the oppressed labouring class. What, you may ask, became of “King Cuffy?” Well, You see, what the white Barbadian slave masters had no-one can say for certain, but it is likely that he wasfailed to take proper note of was that increasingly, a much one of the executed martyrs. The truth is that we don’thigher proportion of the newly imported enslaved Africans know a lot about Cuffy, the man who should have beenwere so-called “Coromantees” from the Gold Coast region King of Barbados, other than that he was African (Goldof the Lower Guinea Coast- present day Ghana. Coast) born, and was of advanced age. In Dr. Richard Allsopp’s “Dictionary of Caribbean In his definition of the word “Coromantee”, the lateEnglish Usage” it is explained that “Coromantee” was a Dr. Allsopp goes on to tell us that the word was derived“name used to identify a particular kind of slaves from from the “name of a coastal Fante town...about 80 milesthe Gold Coast noted both for their sturdiness and west of Accra” in modern day Ghana. So, in allfidelity on the one hand and for their fierce likelihood, King Cuffy, like so many of his early fellowvengefulness when ill-treated.” black Barbadians, belonged to the Fante ethnic group of Well, needless-to-say, it was not long before the modern day Ghana. The Fante speak the languagetremendously ill-treated “Coromantees” of Barbados known as “Twi” and are a constituent ethnicity withindecided to take matters into their own hands! Finding the broad Eastern Akan culture system. They arethe travails and indignities of slavery to be unbearable, therefore closely related to such ethnic groups asthey hatched a plot to rid Barbados of the vile slave the Asante, Bron, Wassa and Denkyira.masters, and to establish a black monarchical system of cont’d on p20-21 Global Eyes Magazine Summer2011 15
  16. 16. BLACK ANGLOPHONE CARIBBEAN HEROES OF THE 20TH CENTURY - Keith A. P. Sandiford Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 16
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  18. 18. HEALTHWISE Curried Chicken Kebabs Collectal Cancer and amaicansIngredients Colectoral cancer deemed!16 to 20 small wooden skewers Stir-fry until asparagus the colon or large intestine, is tender-crisp, about 3 a silent killer appears to where waste material is!1/3 cup (75 mL) barbecue sauce to 4 min. take a special liking to!2 tbsp (30 mL) Indian curry paste stored. Most patients will!1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt s (1).1.Partially fill a Jamaicans and have been show no symptoms until it has!4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts large frying pan with showing up in increasing reached an advanced stage,!1/3 cup (75 mL) chopped water and bring to a boil percentages among the which makes it a silent killer. over high heat. Snap population according tofresh coriander (optional) tough ends from A telltale sign of the recent research. dreaded disease is the1.Preheat oven to 500F (250C). asparagus and discard. Dr. Mike Mills,Soak skewers in water. Line 1 Boil asparagus until presence of bright red or dark gastroenterologist and blood in the stool. Otheror 2 rimmed baking sheets with tender-crisp, about 2 university lecturer urges symptoms include continuousfoil and brush with vegetable oil min. Drain and rinse under cold running water men and women of or cramping abdominal pain;or coat with cooking spray. In a to stop cooking. Pat dry Jamaican ancestry to get a change in bowel habitslarge bowl, stir barbecue saucewith curry paste and salt. Cut with paper towel. tested before it is too late. (diarrhoea or constipationchicken lengthwise into 1/2- Squeeze 2 tbsp (30 mL) Mills said in a recent which lasts for more than ainch- (1-cm-) thick strips. Toss juice from lemon. Place interview with Jamaican few days); weakness andwith sauce to coat. Thread 1 1 tbsp (15 mL) in a small Observer that during the tiredness; nausea andstrip of chicken onto each bowl, then stir in mayo four years spanning 2003- vomiting; unexplained weightskewer. Spread out on baking and Dijon. 2007, occurrence among loss; loss of appetite; pelvicsheets. If using one sheet, bake 2.For dipping sauce, males was 17 per pour remaining 1 tbsp pain; and centre of oven. If using two 100,000. This is up from (15 mL) lemon juice into If you are between the agessheets, bake in top and bottom a ratio of 13 per 100,000thirds of oven until chicken is a small bowl. Stir in of 55 to 75 ask your doctor to males recorded four test for colon cancer.firm to the touch, 8 to 10 vinegar, oil, salt and years earlier, betweenminutes. Sprinkle with sugar until dissolved. 1998 and 2002.coriander. Good with mango Add shallot andsalad. Colorectal cancer he capers. said, showed up in 13!Kebabs on the bcue 3.Lay a damp kitchen women per 100,000 inPrepare as above. Cook, towel on counter. Fill a this earlier period andcovered, over a medium-hot medium-sized bowl or has remained constantgrill. pie plate with over the four-year period lukewarm water and up to 2007. place beside towel. Colon cancer begins inAsparagus and Salmon Line up smoked Dr. Mike Mills Roll salmon, mayo mixture,Ingredients asparagus and chives a scant tsp (4 mL) of mayo mixture over salmon. Lay 4 near towel. Dip 1 rice- asparagus spears on salmon. Top with 4 or 5 chives.1 big bunch asparagus 4.Lift rice-paper edge closest to you up and over filling, then1 tbsp butter paper round at a time roll tightly toward the centre. When you reach the centre, fold·3 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon into water and leave in sides. Continue rolling to form a log. To seal, dip a finger in·1/8 tsp salt until very pliable,1Snap and discard tough ends water and rub over seam. Set roll, seam-side down, on a about 30 seconds. platter. Repeat with remaining ingredients. If rice-paper roundsfrom 1 big bunch of asparagus. Gently lay wet roundSlice stalks in half diagonally. curl before being soaked, don’t worry. As soaking water cools,Melt on towel. Tear a slice replace with lukewarm water. Serve right away or cover and 1 tbsp butter in a large frying of salmon in half and refrigerate up to 4 hours. Slice rolls in half diagonally andpan over medium. Add place along the bottom serve with caper sauce for dipping.asparagus, 3 tbsp chopped fresh third of round. Spread (Tried and tested from Chatelaine Magazine)tarragon and 1/8 tsp salt. Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 18
  19. 19. SALNAM Celebrates Leg Up 50 Years of Community Building Laurel Wright, Monica Rhiney and Violet Clacken How do you establish acommunity organization to become an effective force in n by Beatricebuilding bridges for successful integration of newcomers in Watson,a new culure and country? Workplace It was the big question the Sierra Leone National Safety byAssociation of Manitoba (SALNAM) tackled on Saturday Lance Brenna,May 14, 2011 at the Chalmers community centre to coincide Economicwith its 50th Anniversary. Power and First of its kind organized by SALNAM, the symposium Entrepreneurship by Dr. Lana Adeleye Olusae and Youthentitled “Strategies for empowering the African Canadian issues by Hassan Kamara and Ms Miata Musa.Community in Manitoba attracted a cross-section of “The African Canadian communities need to formAfrican and Caribbean organization representatives as well partnerships with other ethnocultural groups to addressas representatives from the Provincial and Municipal the challenges facing our community,” said Mr. Allieugovernments. Sesay, SALNAM President in his opening remarks. The symposium’s goals were to identify, assess and Mr. Richard Schroeder CEO of First Step Economicevaluate strategies needed to maximize its potential Zone made a presentation explaining the nature of hiscontribution to the social, economic, political and cultural company’s economic involvement in Sierra Leone andlife of the African community and the community at large. spoke of lucrative investment opportunities in the country Mr. Matt Wiebe, MLA for Concordia brought greetings for the right entrepreneur. He announced that the firston behalf of the Minister of Education. He congratulated the mango juice processing plant begun operation and isSALNAM community for the progress it has made and its totally staffed by local people. Schroeder said that one ofcontribution to Manitoba and Winnipeg in particular. the requirements of the investment is that the businesses The topics discussed and presented included Community create jobs for local people at all levels of the organizationOrganization and Leadership by Dr. Marion June James, and the salary has to be reasonable.Education and Training by Dr. Ed Onyebuchi, Family Life Dr. Lana was passionate about the need for Africans to support businesses started by Africans and he encouraged Africans to start businesses on the side. He calculated that those who come to this country past 35 Can’t find a salon to do years might not be able to retire with a comfortable justice to your hair? pension so a side business is one of the ways to provide for one’s retirement years. Cont’d on p21 Look no more! Les Touche Salon will send you satisfied everytime 4-555 Balmoral Ave Hours: Mon. - Sat. 9 a.m - 7:00 p.m. Phone: 947-5830 r-Youth presenters, Hassan Kamara and Miata Musa participants,Randolph Officer Sheppard and Gorvie & Ken Abu, MC (r) Sandra Housen Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 19
  20. 20. Zizi - The Continuting Story So where did you say you up. The police turns goodwere from?” “How about if I retail to his fingers. “I don’t work alone; I people into criminals. Why you? I’ll order more and have my people who will do “I did not say anything,” Zizi can’t we be free to do whatshrugged. I’d sell you what you need whatever I tell them. I’m a king the hell we like with our call it our little pyramid around here because no one can“Who are you hiding from?” own bodies – smoking this “Everybody. Let’s keep this at scheme.” cook like me. I got connections to shit is not hurting no one. “Yeah this whole shit is big people. No hanky panky.”the business level,” Zizi sounded I’m not a bad person buttough. illegal. Remember?” “Are you trying to scare me, it’s if the police finds out I’m “Whatever.” not working. Let’s cut to the chase. “At the business level I would making a living sellinghave to frisk you down.” “You have to do some- How soon can I get some stuff drugs to my friends, I’ll be thing for me if you want from you?” “What?” sent to jail. I’m only the “Yes. I’ve been betrayed. I’ve me to do something for “Nothing is on credit here. You littlest cog in the goddam you.” have to bring cash.”seen things. How do I know wheel. I don’t bring thisyou’re not a cop eye? “What do you want?” “Duh like this is Walmart of stuff from South America. “A little bit a sumtn, you something.How much cash you’re “Cop what?” Folks with money, lots of “Watching out for the cops.” know wink wink, nudge, talking about/” money, travel in planes Nudge.” The phone rings and he picks up “Those are the last shits I’d and boats to get the stuffwork for. I have no respect for “Can’t help you there, I the phone. from source and then am a lesbian trans- “Yoh, it’s me”those dogs. I’ve seen my share bring it here. I guess this isof troubles with those people and gendered person.” “Just hanging out... I’ll have it what they call trickledown “Really, what a shame. ready for you. Don’t worry man,am not interested in helping them.” economics, huh?” “What did they do to you?” You look so real.” everything’s under control. Got a “Why don’t you ask “ That’s an insult. Okay new run-ner! Looks clean enough. “The latest was assault with a your dealer to take you onweapon, threatening somebody’s Now that that’s out of the Okay, okay.Hey you don’t have to a trip to the source?” way we can be friends as go there.I will.” Johnny looks atlife. I’m trying to mind my own “Ha, ha, ha, are youbusiness and feed my habit and equals. I just want to me. serious?” make some money so I “Okay you got to go but pick updo whatever I can to make a “Yeah. Can you hookbuck for myself. Is that so bad – can pay my bills and eat.” your supply tomorrow. Bring me up as a retailer? I’ve “We can be friends but $300.00 and ID. I want to knowisn’t that what any decent person got to eat and I gatdoes?” don’t mess with me or who I’m dealing with here. My friends. I know people.” else I’ll take you out like people want to run a check on you. “Hey I’m with you man. All “Yeah?”these criminal stuff is just made that,” Johnny snapped “Scoot, see you tomorrow.” “Yeah.” King Cuffy - from p15 Cuffy would have been brought to Barbados some textile weaving, gold-mining and last but no means least,time around the middle of the 17th century. And if we trading. Indeed, the Akan had long traded with theconsult Volume V of UNESCO’s General History of neighbouring Ewe and Ga people, with fish, salt, pottery,Africa we learn that around the beginning of the 17th gold, chewing sticks, ivory, iron or metal wear being thecentury the Akan were a people who primarily lived in main items of trade. They also carried on an externaltowns ruled by kings and queens, and in villages ruled trade with the Western Sudan region, particularly duringby chiefs. Akan society was therefore a fairly evolved the heyday of the great Mande empire of Songhay in theand sophisticated mechanism that had already become 15th and 16th centuries.stratified, with a ruling aristocracy consisting of priests And so, we know for certain that Cuffy came from aand Kings, ordinary subjects, and a relatively small very sophisticated and industrious society, and he mustnumber of domestic serfs or slaves. Thus, Cuffy may therefore have found it very different to countenance thevery well have sprung from the ruling or aristocratic status that slave society sought to impose upon him instrata of his Fante town or village! Barbados- the status of a soul-less thing, a chattel, a It is also interesting to speculate on what type of beast of burden, a hewer of wood and drawer of water inoccupation Cuffy might have pursued in the Gold Coast. perpetuity!The Akan engaged in a wide variety of economic This Akan King refused to accept any such slave status,activities, including farming (plantain, bananas, yam and was willing to risk making the ultimate sacrifice inand rice), collecting of kola nuts, livestock raising an heroic bid to destroy slavery and to establish some(poultry, sheep, goats and pigs), fishing, salt-making, cont’d on p21 Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 20
  21. 21. Concrete Splinters - By Neil Pitamber I decided once that I would not set my pen to stocking yams; maybe I can believe a man mightdefining our friendship with Dino’s for public scrutiny. buy out the stock of a product that is reasonablyHowever, there are too many inaccuracies, many of them of below his cost, like Ackee, from another venue.questionable intent. I am therefore contributing this editorial Open your minds Winnipeg; it is not just somefor public record. My ire has been raised by a Jamaican monopolizing tactic - you have no idea howwoman who stood before me recently, telling her friends, strenuous it is for ethnic stores to remain relevant andamong them a Vincentian, ‘Did you know that Dino’s told competitive.Neil to charge tax on phone cards?.... I, having a Popeye Dino and my wife had a fantastic relationshipmoment, broke my silence to tell her the facts. Dino has prior to moving here. She worked for a wholesaler thatnever said or done anything as a detriment to the succession sells Caribbean products; she was also very reluctant,or debilitation of Caribbean Shield. when we began to settle into the idea of impinging on his The impression I was given, deceitfully perhaps, was territory. She feared resentment, for what could havethat Dino was a Punjabi; I imagined a mauve turban, light been regarded as duplicity, but Leia went on maternityyellow shirt, and brown corduroys. I placed him as a man of leave four months shy of our first discussions abouthis forties - not too easy-going, not too receptive to opening this shop. I think, if Dino was upset it wouldquestions, not too overly involved. I thought his shop had have been for the sake that we did not immediatelymore depth to it, but only a third the width; I could see a wall introduce ourselves. He has always been humble, andof glass door freezers aligned militantly opposite his register. there is a mutual respect between Dino and my father. IThere were commercial fans and a galvanized ceiling; in have never fed into the ‘accusations of obeah’, or thatother heights, water stained fibre tiles. The floor appeared as Dino should own the fault as to why so many shops havethe kind typically found in school foyers, and the edges failed. It is a lot easier to blame a man, than to address atoward the wall were black and as stiff as hardened oil. That gambling problem, a flamboyant lifestyle, a lack of interest,is a lot of imagery for just hearing a man’s name, isn’t it? I an unhealthy respect for money, or a frugal and ficklehave denied a number of times that I have been in Dino’s clientele, when the doors finally close. Just as it is difficultshop; it has been a cardinal rule of mine for years to never to admit that many were crash projects to begin with.draw ideas from competitors - couple that with a small The belief in a story that black powder, sprinkledmeasure of shame, for fear of recognition, and you should around the perimeter of a building can cut the progress ofunderstand why we have remained as an entity limited to the a business dwelling within in, reminds me of a Tibetanretail of West Indian foods. The truth is I have been in there proverb. ‘The wise understand by themselves, foolsonce, but I was in too much of a hurry to have absorbed follow the reports of others.’ Whether or not Caribbeananything useful. Shield has been referred to as a ‘matchbox operation’ is Dino has a beautiful shop; nothing typical or no longer a preoccupation of mine. Who am I to challengemethodical about the setup, as it resembles anything only a mythos whose entrepreneurial longevity has surelyremotely, in the wide expanse of ethnic grocery stores. The inspired variant names like Dino’s Storage, Dimo’sproduct line is impressive, if not cumbersome at times to Laboratory, Deno’s Pawn, Deen’s Caribbean, and has, bymaintain, and is multilateral. The prices appear exorbitant virtue of habit even caused customers to greet me asbut in comparison to what? I am surprised so many of you ‘Dean’? What we have achieved in a short five years wellare that naieve to believe Dino could ‘stop’ Super fresh from surpasses the average six-month expectation; just ask him. King Cuffy from p 20 Sierra Leone Symposiumsemblance of the Akan civilizationright here in Barbados! All conscious Barbadians shouldtherefore lift up and revere the nameof Cuffy, the “king-man” who ourancestors selected to be the truemonarch of Barbados! Can any suchclaim be made for Queen ElizabethII? Dr. Lan Mr. Andre Doumbe, Mr. Matt Wiebe, MLA and Mr. Alley S Global Eyes Magazine Summer 2011 21