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Hail, queens and kings!

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I read online ’bout a Jamaican lady who is now a queen in Nigeria. Apparently Chanel Chin met de future king while in Toronto, and now this lady from Jamtown is Queen of the Iwo Kingdom of Nigeria, following her marriage to King Adbul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi earlier this year.

She say dat as a child “I always wanted to come to Africa, but didn’t know how. I feel this is a great opportunity for black people worldwide to return to their home”.

She apparently is learning de native language of Yoruba, which as de queen she would need to.

In talking to de Gleaner newspaper of Jamaica, she mek a profound statement.

“My ancestors were taken away as slaves, but I have returned to Africa as a queen. One’s destiny cannot be altered,” she said.

So she come full circle: ancesters taken away in bondage to wuk pun de plantations in Jamaica as a slave; fast-forward hundreds of years and de descendant of de slaves return home triumphant. What a beautiful story!

I have to confess my ignorance ’bout the Iwo nation; but I get a li’l insight into it from what Her Majesty said. Queen Chanel explain dat as queen of Iwo land, her responsibility is to always set a proper example for young girls and women in the community.

Lending insight into Iwo traditions and customs, she said she was expected to dress conservatively at all times. In dat regard she just like we Queen Elizabeth. Lord knows she does dress conservatively too!

Billy Ocean sang ’bout a Caribbean queen, and we had many tekking de beauty queen crowns at Miss World and Miss Universe: Cindy Brakespeare from Jamaica; Penny Comissiong and Wendy Fitzwilliam, to name some from T&T. But dis is de first queen I hear ’bout to reclaim
a nation in Africa. Well done, Your Majesty!

Last Sunday, we had some queens of another kind when de West Indies women lifted de World T20 Cup in India, mekking de region proud. Not de bridesmaids dis time around.

But more was to come, because de men mek it to de final beating de favourites at home and facing de mighty England; and from what looked like certain defeat at 11 for three to de final over, needing 19 off de last over, a young man named Carlos Brathwaite delivered four mighty blows –– six, six, six, six –– in four balls to change de name of de game, and write West Indies’ name pun history’s page: winners of de World Under 19, Women’s and Men’s T20 World Championships.

And we do it without Narine and Pollard. Let de celebrations begin.

Carlos Brathwaite is de new power-hitting star of West Indies cricket. He and Samuels are heroes of de Caribbean today. Wunnah mek we real proud.

Anybody who doubt that T20 cricket is now de cricket game only had to watch dis tournament and see stands filled wid over 60,000 screaming lovers of de game, wanting more and more. Yuh not gine see dat fuh no five-days Test match.

T20 is de way of de present and de future; and just in time to save cricket from extinction.

Sadly, de glory was tainted by the story de captain gave; and if what Darren Sammy say is true, I am calling fuh support for de recommendations of the CARICOM Heads Subcommittee whichin has recommended de disbanding of the WICB. True, we should keep politics and sports apart, but there
is a time when action is needed; and dat time is long past in West Indies cricket.

Dis is time for action, and my opinion is that de board should step aside and let a new vision emerge.

I Market Vendor gone fuh now. You have a blessed and a wonderful day, yuh hear?

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