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Letter of the Day | Ackaisha Green should be Person of the Year

Published:Friday | December 27, 2019 | 12:00 AM
Ackaisha Green and son Joshua Samuels


It is that time of year for the annual Person of the Year Award. Clearly, Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce will be Sportswoman of the Year. And in contention for Person of the Year, for me, will be Miss World winner Toni-Ann Singh, Ann-Marie Vaz, and Edmund Bartlett (the most consistent minister in this administration). Also, Peter Bunting could win for challenging the status quo on his party and nearly defeating the establishment with his Rise United movement.

With all that being said, I strongly believe that Ackaisha Green should be on the list of names in contention for the Person of the Year Award. To me, I have no problem if she is named Person of the Year because of her impact of kindness and showing the real Jamaican spirit of learning to be satisfied with what you have, even if you’re poor. I wouldn’t trust myself finding bags loaded with cash in an ATM in downtown Kingston and returning it.

Some will argue that to name Miss Green as Person of the Year is watering down that title, but I don’t think so. I believe it would be a great gesture to end a decade with kindness and start another decade by aspiring to be more loving and kind for the next decade, no matter your circumstance.


Ocho Rios, St Ann