Earlier this year, we featured Mr. Telford Layne as our father of the year in our article, Mr. Telford Layne Congratulates his Son. Well, it seems that we might have to feature Mr. Telford Layne once again as father of the year after seeing a Facebook post he made about his son, Tafari Layne, turning 19 years old.
We’ve decided to reprint this beautiful article which was posted on the Facebook Page of the author, Reanna Nickram, because it does an awesome job of illustrating the beauty, diversity, and richness of this great land of ours. For locals, it just reinforces what we already know. Reanna Nickram is a Guyanese citizen who resides with her family in Lethem, Region 9. In this beautiful anecdote, she expresses her profound love and patriotism for her country of birth, Guyana.
Clouds floating in the skies form all sorts of bizarre shapes including animals and even maps. If you look carefully and use your imagination, you can see just about any shape in the clouds above. But such a clear-cut, precise, and indisputable shape of the map of the Guyana forming over the skies over Guyana can be interpreted as a miracle. It can be interpreted as an omen – good or bad, or it could be interpreted as a message from God. That is because the likeliness of such an event is so infinitesimally small that the human mind has a hard time believing it happened just by chance.
Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on 21st of April, 1926 in Mayfair, London, England at 02:40 hours (GMT), while Guyana was still a British colony and was called British Guiana. She ascended the throne of the British Monarchy on the 6th of February, 1952 after the death of her father, King George VI. Her coronation ceremony took place on June 2, 1953 and was the first televised coronation ceremony in history. Queen Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years until her death on September 8, 2022 after which her son, Prince Charles, became King.
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!
Life places some of us in challenges circumstances sometimes. But in these difficult times, we must remember the importance of holding our ground. 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.
I’ve come across this really beautiful article from a Guyanese author and decided to republish it (with permission) because I think it’s a great article with lots of merits and I think all Guyanese should take a good read and let the message it contains sink it – because it applies not just to Afro-Guyanese – but to every one of us.
I was told walking over hot coals is part of the celebrations of St. John’s Day in the Rupununi Savannahs as well as other hinterland regions of Guyana. Residents say the Roman Catholic tradition of walking over hot coals on the night of the 24th of June spilled over from neighboring Brazil where the Roman Catholics practice it. However, I did some research and could not come up with any instance of Brazilians walking over hot coals on St. John’s day or night or the evening before referred to as St. John’s Eve.
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.”