Talented, emerging Guyanese singer, CeCe Gonsalves, was born in the capital city of Georgetown 22 years ago. She grew up in Father’s Beach in the Moruca sub district of Region 1, Guyana, South America. For her, the passion for singing developed naturally at a tender age as she would often find herself singing out loud.
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A few days ago, we made a Facebook post using the picture above of a little girl holding a painting of two eggplants, also called aubergine, and colloquially referred to in Guyana as boulanger or baigan. We captioned the photo, “Amazing Artwork Done by Guyanese Painter Azeena Tahsir.” The photo went viral on Facebook garnering over 32,000 reactions and over 1000 shares in just a few days.
Born in the town of New Amsterdam in the ancient county of Berbice, Guyana, South America, Dr. Sue Ojageer is a shining example of what hard work, focus, and a determined mind can achieve. At the tender age of 5, Sue left Guyana with her family as they migrated to a new life in the United States of America.
Robocop recently came into the spotlight after he stepped in and saved a police officer who was being brutally beaten by two persons (video posted at the end of this article). In an exclusive interview with the Guyana, South America publication, founder and CEO of Cyborg Protection Services, Eustace Abraham, shares deep insights into his personal life, career, and business goals.
Born the Garden City of Georgetown in the 1960s, novelist and scriptwriter, Geeta Outar Sirjoo migrated in her late teens to the twin Island country of Trinidad and Tobago. There, she fulfilled one of her childhood dreams in establishing herself as the CEO of “Geeta’s Creations” — a garment establishment which creates uniforms for companies and schools.
Growing up in under-equipped Guyana, South America has presented quite a few challenges to ambitious swimmer Daniel Claxton, but in spite of this, he has managed to keep his head above water – until he got a call for Spire Academy – a call which helped him take his abilities to the next level. This is story of Guyanese born swimmer and student Daniel Claxton who hopes to take Guyana to the Olympics come 2024.
The young daughter of a Berbician couple who earn their living through farming has stumbled upon a new passion: painting. And she’s taking it to a whole new level. Before discovering her love for painting, Azeena Tahsir worked with her parents, who are cash crop farmers, at their farm in Black Bush Polder, Region 6. But one day while at the farm, something happened that caused Azeena to “accidentally” awaken a latent talent which she didn’t even know she had.
Jennifer Lawrence, a US citizen, travelled to Guyana on a Study Abroad Program. She visited Yupukari Village – a place she would later call home.
Ten years ago, she made her country proud. In 2012, Sarah Hakh was the Caribbean’s best overall CXC student copping a record breaking 16 Grade Ones with all As on the profile grades. Sarah Hakh won the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate Overall in the Caribbean. As a result of her performance, her school, Abram Zuil Secondary on the Essequibo Coast, received the CSEC School of the Year Award for 2012.
Denesha Thomas, an Indigenous girl of the Arawak Tribe, was born and raised in Wakapoa village, Lower Pomeroon River, Region 2, Guyana, South America. She is the eldest of four sibblings: 1 boy and 3 girls. Now just twenty years old, Denesha is pursuing a career in teaching while doing art in her spare time.
A talented Guyanese artist who hails from the village of Karasabai in Region 9 has reached out to this publication to showcase his talent in the hopes of securing work, opportunities, and possibly a scholarship to further his art studies abroad.
Mr. Ivan Alexander Johnson (Sr), who completed his long and fruitful earthly journey in December 2017, was doubtless one of the the first pioneers of the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana. He was one of many Rupununi trailblazers, who, in their own simple ways, unique personalities, and vision for making a successful living in what is still considered a remote region of Guyana, have facilitated the opening up of the Rupununi to the rest of the country and the world at large, and contributed to the economic and social wellbeing of the Region.
Now just 23 years old, John Edmund Lee, AKA Jungle Dan, was born in the town of Lethem in Region 9 in February, 1999. He is the first of four siblings. From the time he was six months old, Lee’s parents left him in the care of his grandparents who raised him.
Everyday, men across Guyana and the world wish their children happy birthday as they reach another milestone in their journey through time. So what’s so special about this one and why does it deserve a feature here? It’s the words spoken and the circumstances under which they were spoken. Azruddin Mohamed, a member of the Team Mohameds family, is a well known and much-loved businessman and philanthropist who has touched the lives of countless people across Guyana.
There is a saying that goes, “find a job you love, and you will never have to work another day in your life.” The same applies for business. Doing something that you are passionate about accelerates your performance. This concept is the key element within the success story of young Guyanese businesswoman, Tromain David, who harnessed her love for fashion and turned it into a profitable business.
Our Land, Our Life is a beautiful song astoundingly performed by Guyanese singer/performer Galina Edmund. The song, presented in the native language of the Arecuna tribe of Indigenous peoples of Guyana, expresses appreciation for the land and all it provides for the people that inhabit it. At the same time, it showcases the simple, beautiful, and sustainable lifestyle of the Arecuna Tribe of Indigenous peoples. The Arecuna Tribe of Indigenous are found in Paruima Village in Region 7 which is the village from which Galina Edmund hails.
Wayne Augusto Mann was born in Georgetown, Guyana, South America. His mother is of indigenous/European descent and his father, Afro-Guyanese. As a boy, Wayne’s mother traveled frequently between Georgetown and Region 9. As a result, the lad started his formal education at St. Ignatius Nursery in Region 9 but completed Primary School in Georgetown.
Guyanese gospel singer/evangelist, Emmanuel Dasrat, who goes by the stage name “Righteous Kid,” delivers a heartwarming rendition of his creation, “Never Leave Me” – a gospel song presented in Guyanese Creolese.
A Guyanese gospel singer/evangelist who goes by the stage name “Righteous Kid” has launched a new single called “Brand New Style.” The lyrics of the song are set in local Creolese Dialect that will be easily understood by native Guyanese. For foreigners, we will attempt to translate the lyrics into standard English.
The success of Aurelia Ibrahim at such a young age in one of the world’s most competitive and challenging fields is yet another beautiful example of a parent’s ability to recognize a child’s latent talents and abilities and help them to harness it. This key concept is the backbone of the success story of young Guyanese author, Aurelia Ibrahim, who is the published author of two books: “A Little Poet’s World,” and “A Picturesque Journey” – both poetry collections.
Caleb Benjamin is presently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Guyana, but on the side, he has developed a profitable photography business that is quickly spiraling into a fulltime career – to the point that Caleb considered dropping out of the University to focus entirely on his photography career. However, after taking some sound advice from several well-meaning individuals, Caleb decided that he will do both – push through with his studies at the University of Guyana to obtain a B.A in Forestry and continue to develop his photography skills and business at the same time.
A young Guyanese woman living in the Bronx has published her first children’s book, which, aside from being beautifully illustrated and entertaining, incorporates a beautiful theme that inspires children to develop a healthy body and mind.
Guyana is a breeding ground for talent, and in this article, we’re going to feature an eight year old who has an unnatural natural ability for painting and art in general. Meet Deshonna London – the young Guyanese girl who was born on the 15th of October, 2012 at the Linden Hospital Complex to parents Shion Peters and Deon London.
Born in Queenstown on the Essequibo Coast of Guyana, Denise completed her secondary education at the North Georgetown Secondary School. She later studied advanced English and completed Cambridge Certification along with teacher’s training in Brazil which qualified her to teach English in Brazil.
Following through with a childhood dream can be a challenge. We often get distracted. For many people, these fiery dreams simmer down to nothing more than amusing, sentimental, or entertaining stories of the past. Then there are the special few, who, through unmatched resolve and determination, work hard and make it happen. These are the ones who live their dreams and inspire others to do the same. Dr. Celia McConnel is one such story.
Although Stan Brock spent nearly two decades of his life managing a cattle ranch in the Rupununi, he had traveled to many countries around the world during his long and purpose-filled life, and Guyanese should feel especially honored that he had requested before his death to have his ashes scattered over Dadanawa Ranch in the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana.
Chutney music is a fusion of several genres of music including Indian Folk Music, Bollywood Music, soca music, and Caribbean calypso. It emerged against the backdrop of indentureship in several British colonies, including Guyana and Trinidad and is most popular amongst people of East Indian descent in Guyana, Trinidad, Suriname, and Jamaica.
Berlinda Francis, of Katoonarib Village in the South Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana, South America is a farmer, cook, and small scale rancher. She also has a strong and inherent love for animals. And in this context, she shares her story of adopting a pet tapir from the time it was only a few months old.
Jerry Marco is a talented youth from the Rupununi Savannahs of Guyana. As you can see from his paintings below, he is an extremely gifted artist whose adopted slogan is, “art is my life.” Jerry believes that one should pursue his or her dreams even though the prospects might at first seem limited because it is important to do what you are passionate about – what drives you.
Stephanie relates fondly that although her parents never encouraged to sing, she is pursuing her dreams of becoming a professional singer at full pace. Fueled by her passion and a deep-rooted confidence in her own abilities, Stephanie believes that all she truly needs to succeed in the music industry is her unquenchable passion to do so.
Galina Susie Edmund was born on the 8th of April, 2003 in Paruima Village on the East Bank of the Kamarang River in Region 7, Guyana, South America. She attended the Paruima Nursery School, and then the Paruima Primary School where she wrote the Common Entrance Examinations and was awarded a place at one of Guyana’s top secondary schools – the Christ Church Secondary School in Georgetown, Region 4, Guyana, South America.
Sheliza Rampersaud describes herself as a 27-year-old “creative human” who grew up on the on the East Coast of Demerara, Guyana, South America. The youngest of three siblings, she has a passion for creating art, traveling, cooking, and reading.
Prime Minister, Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips on the 21st of January, 2021 hailed Captain Michael Charles M.S, as a pioneer in showcasing Guyana’s tourism product to the rest of the world. The PM delivered the keynote address at the launch of Charles’s latest video, the “Sounds and Colours of the Rainforest,” which is the fourth video in a captivating series titled “Guyana -Yours to Discover,” that explores Guyana as an eco-tourism destination.
In an unprecedented, revolutionary move, two Guyanese doctors have teamed up to offer free phone and WhatsApp consultation for people who may need medical advice but may be unable or hesitant to visit the hospital.
Publishing a book is no ordinary task, but being published by Pearson, the world’s largest and most recognized publisher of IT books and learning solutions, is a task for the elite.
Fadia Reyolds lost her then 31-year-old son, Uriel Orlando Reynolds, in a tragic accident along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway on the fateful evening of Tuesday, January 12, 2021. It was a tragedy that would change her life in ways she never imagined possible. Fadia’s relationship with her beloved son was an exemplary one – a reality which accentuated the pain of his loss. This is her story….
Jennifer Lawrence, a US citizen who has migrated to and been living in the Central Rupununi Savannahs for several years, sees a need for more computer and internet literacy that will help to develop hinterland communities. Her dream is to set up a computer training facility to teach her fellow villagers how they can harness the power of the internet to promote their tourism products, sell craft, research, and so much more.
Guyanese born Leland Shepherd has been promoted to the rank of Brigadier General of the Arkansas Army National Guard in the USA. The momentous occasion marks the first black army officer to command the Arkansas Army National Guard.
Guyana Defense Force’s Captain Kaya Dover on 26th of June, 2022, made history by being the first men to swim across the Essequibo River, a distance of about 3 miles, in complete military uniform. Dover pulled off the daring stunt with his military uniform, including boots, which put an extra six pounds on his body and greatly increased the drag created by the water caught inside his uniform.
A ten-year-old indigenous girl has written a poem highlighting a worrying social issue. The poem is so profound, insightful, inspiring, and beautifully written that the reader has a hard time believing it was written by a ten-year-old.
Reticia Henry was born with a special gift – the gift of representing the beauty of nature on canvas, and she hopes to one day share her gift with aspiring students, as well as sell her outstanding works of art – some examples of which you will see here on this page.
Navin Hansraj is the holder of many titles. A Computer Engineer by profession, he is also an entrepreneur, a humanitarian, a dedicated father & husband, a young leader, the CEO and founder of MMH Enterprise & Maya Fitness, a Rotarian, and the founder of Team Maya: a Non-Governmental Organization that provides a variety of services including a feeding program, clothing, and book drives to the community.
From ever since he knew himself, Tauseef had a passion for singing, and he explains that this passion was greatly helped and encouraged by his uncle, Akbar Khan, who opened a music shop in the same village within close proximity to his home when the lad was just 7 or 8 years old. Tauseef seized the opportunity to go over often to his uncle’s music shop and listen to music as well as hone his singing skills through practice. He related that his uncle, Akbar Khan, who is also an excellent singer, was very supportive of his dream of becoming a professional singer, and helped him to become a better singer.
He started painting when he was twelve years old. During his 7-year and counting painting career, the ambitious youth faced many stumbling blocks. For example, he has never earned enough money to purchase his own art materials. However, the determined lad made use of exercise books and other available material in expressing his artistic desires.
Ryan Huckumchand has a talent for singing as much as he has a passion for his Christian faith – and in this context, he plans to take worship music to a whole new level with an emerging genre called “Soca Gospel.” Soca Gospel incorporates some of our local Caribbean linguistic styles into songs of worship as you can see from Ryan’s professionally produced music video “Kinda Way.”
Guyana is a powerhouse of talent, and in this article, we’re going to highlight one who is off to an early start. Meet Kuwanau Roberts, the five-year-old who does wonders with a brush and a canvas.
For teacher’s day 2021 – October, 5th, we had the honor of featuring one of Guyana’s most outstanding veteran educators – a young man by the name of Kenrick Lewis who has touched the hearts of thousands of people and impacted countless lives throughout his 27-year long ongoing career. He is presently the Headmaster of St. Ignatius Secondary in Region 9, Guyana, South America.
Manley Thomas’ determination to succeed in life despite great challenges and the odds sometimes stacked against him is the driving theme of this story. The deaths of his mother and sister while he was still young were some of his greatest challenges – but he fueled his emotions in a positive direction – determined that their lives and sacrifices would not have gone in vain.
Guyanese born Anna Maria Esther Roth (full name: Anna Maria Esther Roth Dias), presently residing in the border town of Bonfim, Brazil, next to Lethem, Region 9, Guyana, has a special passion – a love for animals that she describes as an energy that she was born with. Her love for animals transcends that of the average person, and her charitable works in caring for animals extend way beyond owning a few pets. In fact, Esther has created in her home an animal sanctuary which she refers to as “Animal Paradise.”
A student of St. Ignatius Secondary School in Region 9 has painted an outstanding portrait of the late Queen Elizabeth II of England. The painting is now a world famous one after it went viral after we posted it on the Guyana, South America Facebook Page. In just one hour, the post reached over 10,000 people and received hundreds of congratulations. It is so easy to see that there is an enormous reservoir of hidden talent behind that painting!
The story of Travel Marcellino, the young GDF commander from Region 1, is one of principle, integrity, honesty, and most importantly, beating the odds. We hope the sensational success story of Travis Marcellino, who grew up without either parent, will inspire you to always see the silver lining in every dark cloud, and to remember that crime is never an option.
Sharon Maas is a Guyanese born international bestselling author who presently resides in Ireland. Many of her novels feature events and settings of Guyana, South America. Through her writing, she raises awareness of her homeland.