“In Praise of Jamaica”
George Meikle entered Kingston College in 1950, graduating in 1955. In 1955, he captained KC’s tennis team winning in the same year – the Alexander Cup, the Jamaica Mutual Shield and the under-16 Gibson Cup, a new record of achievement for the school in interscholastic tennis competition. Following high school, he attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with a BA in Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 1964.
After an extended period in corporate life and 32 years in Canada he yearned to return to Jamaica, finally returning in 1989. It took a few years to re-focus on what it meant to be Jamaican and, as a marketer, to research what differentiates this small practicing democracy from others of a similar background. What is unique about Jamaica and why? Who are our heroes and what are their achievements locally and internationally? What motivates their desire to excel-against all odds? According to Joel Osteen, “We are reaping from the deeds that others have sown”. If true, Jamaica is a prime example of this paradoxical statement.
In Praise of Jamaica is one person’s attempt to take a comprehensive look at the key socio-anthropological factors which have impacted the national consciousness of Jamaicans and their accomplishments, or indeed, their failures. This treatise should be a source of inspiration to Jamaicans both locally and in the Jamaican Diaspora who have overcome or are still struggling to overcome.
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