Nevis Local Election Stole The Caribbean Christmas [new blog]
This is my first Caribbean Christmas. However, the Nevis local election seems to have stolen the festivities of the season.
This is also my first Caribbean Christmas, and first Christmas away from my parents – ever! 🎄My timeline was graced with pictures of snow and videos of people in England playing in the snow, just over a week ago. I actually felt like I was missing out in all of the fun. I wouldn’t trade my bikini for a bomber jacket just yet. 🙃
Although there are Christmas lights in Charlestown. It doesn’t feel that festive for me. Probably because the sun is constantly shining, when I’m used to the cold weather at this time of year (I’m not complaining). However, it was so nice to watch the children’s Christmas programme last week, from the school I sometimes volunteer with. The children are all so confident, and the parents turned it into a real fashion show with their outfits.
Apparently, at this time of year, there would be a lot of back yard parties. People would also go from one house to another during the festive season. However, the bell was rang a few weeks ago. This signalled that the local election was going to be held on Monday 18 December 2017.
It’s been like election campaign flyers over Christmas decorations. Everywhere you turn, you are reminded of the up and coming election. My Facebook time line has been filled with political fighting, often really personal attacks on peoples opinions. One of the politicians actually described 80% of the electorates as participating in for the fun of the debates. 😐
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The election has divided families and friends at Christmas over blue and green, the colours that represent the re-elected party and the opposition. Chartered planes were flown in from America so that Nevisian citizens could vote. A lot of people expressed their frustration that people who do not live on the island are influencing the direction of the island and will go back to their home (America) away from home (Nevis). That the money would be better spent on citizens on the island or for events like Nevis Culturama. 🎭 The infamous Grand Masters (if you don’t know then get to know) performed and the reggae artist Freddie McGregor, was flown in for the newly re-elected party prior to polling day. ✖️
The day after the election was announced as a public holiday. This is one of the perks of island life, is that there are public holidays for people to attend state funerals or for the annual Inter Primary races. In town, there were celebrations and a parade of supporters for the new re-elected party, seemed to be passing around the island.
All of the politics has made me glad I left local government in London. Political power seems to overshadow supporting real communities. This also enables me to push forward with the vision and mission for the new brand I am developing which will empower black women and communities.
Now everyone can get ready for St. Kitts carnival, where the action really starts on Boxing Day. The liming never stops. 🇰🇳
My conclusion is to never call an election during Christmas. Hopefully everyone can put aside their political differences and enjoy what is left of the festive holidays.
Have you ever had a Caribbean Christmas, or Christmas abroad? If so, share what it was like in the comments box below.
Seasons Greetings from
The Local Foreigner