George Sylvester Jeffery

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bb: Hello George, tell us a bit about yourself

GJ: I was born in 1953 on the island of Barbuda in Codrington - on the north side of the village in a house that is still there today. I come from a very large family - my mother has five children - four girls and me, and my father has nine other children, most of them still live in Barbuda. I have seven children - three are teachers, one is studying in Greece and the others are in Antigua and Barbuda, one is a Rastaman who lives in the forest.

bb: Where did you go to school?

GJ: First I went to a private school called Windspear School which was held at the Pentecostal church, then went to Holy Trinity School. My favourite subjects were spelling and history. I used to go fishing and hunting a lot so I was as fit as a fiddle and I didn't need to do any sport!

bb: Tell us what you love about Barbuda and what is your favourite food or drink?

GJ: I love everything about Barbuda and I love it more as I get older. I am overwhelmed by the beauty of our island and that is one reason why I am now in the tourism business. Mostly I love the east coast on the Atlantic side - every day it is different and full of interesting things - I once found a buoy that had floated here all the way from Canada. I like local passion fruit and soursop drinks, fish water and I often make 'pop', which is local porridge.

bb: What is your work George?

GJ: started as a gardener, then a water sports instructor, then I operated heavy equipment for the Council and still do a bit of masonry. I am now a fisherman and tour guide which I like best of all. I go fishing about three days a week, using fishpots. In the future I plan to get a small hotel open at Gravesnor Landing. I am also featured in several guides to Barbuda especially the Chris Doyle yachting guide.

bb: What advice would you give to young Barbudans?

GJ: Pay attention at school, you must have an education. I tried to reward my children for their achievement to encourage them. I also tell them I was born into heaven, this island where our ancestors took the land as the top prize, and where all Barbudans are equal.

You can change a piece of land here like you change your clothes, and today we are still as free as a bird. So I would advise future generations to be careful with our land because it can easily slip away - just look at other people in the world whose land has been taken from them and see how they have been left with nothing.

bb: Thank you George, for being on “It's My Life”, we wish you well for the future.

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We like this...

Now, it's been too long.
Too long, too long in slavery.
Free the people and let them move in liberty
Now, it's been too long.
Too long, too long in slavery.
So the struggle continue.
But while the struggle continue, I'm going to tell you.
We rastaman will set the world free...

Joseph Hill - Culture

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