While our beloved President Jacob Zuma and Nigerian President visited Jamaica to celebrate Jamaica’s 50years of Freedom, the Jamaicans in South Africa were not to be left out. I remember soon after I got the invite my mind went spinning back n forth as I was trying to figure out who I was going to take with me since ‘MR’ was going to be at work. I needed someone close to me but at the same time it had to be someone that would really enjoy the Jamaican feel, its people, the Reggae Music and the Jamaican food. Then my gal Lela came to mind because she was all Rasta at some point and also her crush was going to be there so I thought, let me make her dream come true. Lol
So last Monday off we went to the official residence of Jamaica in Pretoria where we were entertained the Jamaican style. This was not one of those common celebrity filled events. Actually there were only 2 or 3 SA famous faces that I saw. It was very exclusive, mostly filled with Jamaicans and Diplomats. It was more like a lunch amongst a group of friends & family or should I rather call it a family cookout.
Those who do not know, Jamaica was the first country to get behind South Africa in fighting against the apartheid system. Which makes sense why Msholozi took it upon himself to travel to Jamaica to represent SA at the celebrations. Jamaican’s High Commissioner to South Africa Mrs Norma Taylor Roberts and also SA’s Trade Minister both gave speeches about how important that particular day was/is to both Jamaica and South Africa’s relationship. We also had to sing National Anthems of both countries. Including the ‘unofficial’ Jamaican National Anthem, One Love.
After all the formalities and the important stuff, it was time to eat, socialize and dance. Having had the opportunity to party more than once in both countries I’d say when it comes to having fun South Africans & Jamaicans are twins.
The food was amazing. It was real Jamaican food prepared by Jamaican chefs that flew to SA for that particular event. From Rice and Peas, Jamaican Patty, Green Boiled Banana, Bammy, Dumplings, Jerk Chicken, Callaloo, Ackee Saltfish to deserts like Gizzada, Rum Cake you name it, it was all there. *side eyes* Lela for almost giving some of us a heart attack by asking if she can dilute her Oros at home using Coconut Water? I’m still in shock.
Here are a few pictures that I took. Just sharing my experience with you guys.
The guys at the gate playing some music to welcome the guests.
Her Excellency Mrs Norma Taylor-Roberts. (Jamaica’s High Commissioner)
Shorna Kay with Jamaica’s High Commissioner to Benin.
Jamaica 50 Ambassador Stevel Marc. Who also gave a goodbye gift to Shorna Kay courtesy of Blackberry for the amazing work that she had done.
One of the coolest guys that I’ve ever met has to be Gugu Zulu.
Tryphene (in a jumpsuit) who chose to come and celebrate in SA than Jamaica. She said she will be heading back to JA in September.
I also spotted Andy the Admiral. Do you remember him from The Phat Joe Show? He had a slot on Y with Jah Seed where they played some Ragga tunes. I’m not sure if they are still on air. I stopped listening to Yfm donkeys years ago.
Lady in black is Hewitt Wilhel, she is based in Pietermaritzburg. I am telling you, two minutes around her and you have an Aunt. Such an amazing and crazy woman.
Stevel Marc with the HOT Portia.
I don’t know this guy’s name but I think his tie was so cool. He said he bought it in Kingston. You know when you have a looong chat with someone and you realize after you’ve parted that you don’t even know their name? Yep! That’s what happened with him.
And then Lela said after spending the entire afternoon in the company of her crush, she still needed her destiny to be fulfilled by taking
a pic with him. She promised me her 2kids and all her shoes for making her day. I am still waiting. Lol
Here is a picture of me too.
My plate of food.
I had to take a pic of this cute lil gal. So nunus
We really had a great day. The weather was very friendly too. Happy Independence Day Jamaica. The Jamaican athletes did very well at the Olympics in London too, what a way to seal that Freedom.