Six wax figures have been unveiled of famous Caribbean personalities. These statues unveiling have been the symbol for the Caribbean Community’s significant role in shaping and sustaining the Caribbean region. The unveiling was done while the special ceremony was a celebration to mark CARICOM Day. The statues have been unveiled at the Caribbean Wax Museum in Norman Centre, Bridgetown. The region celebrated its 48th anniversary on July 4, CARICOM Day.
These wax figures had the figure of Dame Nita Barrow; winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in economics, Barbados’ first female Governor-General, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ national hero, Joseph Chatoyer, Sir Arthur Lewis of St Lucia, Jamaican Olympic sprinter, Shelly-ann Fraser-Pryce, Calypso Rose of Trinidad and Tobago, former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Sir Shridath Ramphal of Guyana.
Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, David Comissiong, while giving his remarks on the unveiling ceremony of wax figures said that the exhibition was the most unique CARICOM Day celebration there had ever been. He doesn’t know that if any member state had ever celebrated CARICOM Day with a wax statue exhibition.
Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, David Comissiong, while giving his perspective of what would be needed for the region’s growth, The future of CARICOM and their regional integration movement really belongs to their young people. It has been very important that they celebrate CARICOM at that time. If they would ever wonder whether the Caribbean people needed CARICOM, then they should have no doubt whatsoever after the events of the past year and a half. In fact, now more than ever do they need their Caribbean integration movement. It seems that they were receiving challenge after challenge. The public health crisis of COVID 19 and the economic crisis that it had brought, then recently they had faced with the Soufriere volcano in St Vincent. A couple of weeks ago, Barbados was hit by this freak storm, and then just yesterday, Friday, Hurricane Elsa.
Barbados’ CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Meghan Theobalds, said that the region’s strength lies in its unity. In the Caribbean countries with more threats, such as climate change and others, it would be necessary for CARICOM nations to lean on one another if they had a chance for all to overcome them.
Barbados’ CARICOM Youth Ambassador, Meghan Theobalds, said that they had a lot to be proud of, and sharing their ideas, news and perspectives about the region has been an excellent way to encourage their less enthusiastic friends and family to become more engaged. For CARICOM Day and the foreseeable future, She hopes that CARICOM occupies a more significant part of their consciousness and becomes an integral part of their identity.