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JLP's Holness is Jamaica's Obama

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I was very happy I took the time and endured the New York traffic to hear Andrew Holness speak at the Medgar Evers College. If his speech and presence are anything to go by, Jamaica has the Caribbean Obama on their hands.

He told the average-size crowd gathered that his mission was to move Jamaica from poverty to prosperity. Jamaica was not destined to be poor.

I was particularly impressed by his plan to create a Diaspora Service Corps similar to the US Peace Corps, but specifically geared to second- and third-generation Jamaicans who would want to give of their time and knowledge and strengthen their ties to their homeland.

As a retired special-education teacher, I would love to give back to the country of my birth in a structured way.

Holness certainly has the ideas to transform Jamaica and the ability to execute. The question is, are Jamaicans ready for their Obama?