When a woman in this country achieve something really good, I does want to do more than just praise.
I does want to pick up me praise and release it through me window, and let the praise fly, spread it wings and fly faaaar and wiiiiiide, so the whole world can see it, so the whole world can hear it.
So the whole world can feel it.
Yeah man, I does got to do this, 'cause for a woman to achieve something really good in this country, is obstacles she does got to scramble an' stretch an' crawl over; is prejudice she does got to push aside.
Ameena Gafoor is one o' them women I got to praise. She achieve something that no Guyanese woman ain't do. What no West Indian scholar ain't do. What no university in the Caribbean ain't do.
She produce The Arts Journal, and is the first kind ever, in the Caribbean. Last year, she do the first issue. This year she put out the second issue. Vol. 1, No. 2.
And she do this although she look after she home; help she husband run they business that have over 500 employees, and help to make decisions too, and Lawd knows what else.
Mm-hm, she put out this second issue this year although we had the bad flood in January, and during the bad flood she been up and down the east coast delivering food to flood victims; plus helping she family. And she home did flood too!
Then soon after that she been on the panel o' judges for the Guyana Prize for Literature.
She had to collect essays from lecturers all over the Caribbean, then proof-read the essays, wait for the corrected ones to get sent back to she...and on top o' all o' that, she had to find sponsors for the Journal...she sell the first issue, pay off the loans...and start all over again, with this second one.
Yeah, yeah, I got to praise she, 'cause lemme tell you, if is one thing we in Guyana stingy with is praise. No joke. We generous to a fault, except with praise.
Well, not me, 'cause some years ago a friend did ask me, "What is wrong with praising people, and making them feel good?" And that stick in me head.
So I telling the whole world. The journal is something Guyanese can be proud of. I reading it, and digging into Caribbean history, photos, essay about Amerindian musical instruments, the Masquerade Band, more...
Yeah, yeah, I proud an' I praising. Let me praise fly...fly far and wide, all over the world.
[Read more about the second issue here: http://www.stabroeknews.com/index.pl/article_local_news?id=24371421]