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Liv Up Records starts essay competition

Published:Wednesday | December 17, 2014 | 12:00 AMSadeke Brooks
Live Up Records producer Oneil Coke

The West Kingston Commission of Enquiry was on many lips recently, but Liv Up Records wants to address the trauma that was faced in the community from the 2010 West Kingston incursion in the form of an essay competition for students in the area.

The West Kingston Lester Lloyd Coke Essay Competition was officially launched at the recent West Kingston Jamboree. The competition is open to all high-school students in west Kingston. The students are expected to write essays between 1,500 and 2,000 words in which they "give a socio-economic outlook of west Kingston, their relationship with the community and vision for it." The students are also being asked to pay special attention to the 2010 West Kingston incursion.

Producer at Liv Up Records, Oneil 'Coco' Coke, said the competition was necessary, based on what happened in the community.

"We were planning to do a lot of social events that can impact the community in a positive way. We realised the trauma was broad, so we decided to hear from the young minds how they were impacted," Coke told The Gleaner, noting that I-Nation is also part of the project.

At the end of the competition, which is just before school restarts in September 2015, he says the organisation will decide exactly what social programmes can be started in west Kingston.

"We want to get in as many entries as possible, so that is why we made the period so long, because we want to engage as many persons in that age group. We want to understand how they feel and how they are impacted," he said.

According to Coke, the response to the competition has been good so far, especially from the parents who appreciate the fact that children are being engaged on an educational level.

He was, however, quick to point out that the essay competition has nothing to do with the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry, and was not started because of it.

"We never do anything because of what we see happening. Maybe even if there wasn't an enquiry, we would still be engaging the youths in a positive way. We see that there is a problem and, whatever we can do to assist, we are willing to play our part," he said.

Coke noted that efforts to rebuild the community also came recently in the form of the West Kingston Jamboree that was being held for the first time in four years.

"Everything went well. It was a good roll-out and a success, in our eyes. Everything went well, so it can only get better and better. Everybody in the community loves the vibe and unity," he told The Gleaner.

He said the support for the event from patrons and performers was also very high and he believes this was as a result of the event's track record.

"I want to say a big thank you to the team, from the CEO come straight down, and I want to thank everybody weh play a part," Coke said.