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Happy Birthday, Sweet T&T: Trinidad and Tobago Celebrates 54 Years of Independence

trini flagI might be showing some bias here, but I’m convinced that I live on the THE DOPEST island in the Caribbean, which is why, today, I am only too eager to get into all red, white and black everything, right down to my unmentionables. šŸ˜€

This day marks 54 years since the island I call home received its independence from Great Britain, and, although we have undoubtedly endured our share of growing pains as a nation, and still have a lot more growing up to do, I believe that my fellow Trinbagonians and I have much to be thankful for on our big 54th, and many reasons to celebrate. Here are some of those reasons.

 

1: Because Keshorn Walcott Medalled at the 2016 Olympic Games

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We don’t give a damn if it wasn’t a gold medal and if he didn’t win first place: We’re celebrating because he is the first sportsman from Trinidad and Tobago to medal at two consecutive Olympic Games; once in 2012, and again in 2016. We’re proud of our boy.

2: Because Machel Montano “took ah wine” (twerked) at the White House

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During Caribbean Music Month 2016, our very own musical golden boy Machel Montano proudly represented our music at the White House.

3: Because Even Though We’re in Some Financial Difficulty Ourselves, We Were Able to Lend a Helping Hand to Our Neighbor

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When Venezuela’s economy took a plunge in early 2016, Trinidad and Tobago was one of the firstĀ  nations to offer assistance to the country’s nationals in the form of food, cash, and even temporary accommodation, showing the rest of the world that you never become poor by giving to someone else.

4: Because a Trini Queen Made International Headlines When She Took a Stand For Black Lives

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Ieshia Evans, the woman who came to be known as “The Queen in the Sundress” after she calmly stood her ground in the face of being arrested during the Baton Rouge Protests, is of Trinidadian heritage.

5: Because We Have Not Allowed the Challenges We Face to Dampen Our Spirits

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Trinidad and Tobago, as mentioned before, is currently experiencing an economic recession, and, as a result, we have been forced to collectively cut back on our overall expenditure. In addition, our tiny twin island has been shaken by a homicide rate in 2016 that is entirely too high; however, nothing seems to be able to permanently alter the jovial, easy-going nature of the typical Trinbagonian.

A popular veteran Trinidad and Tobago-born calypsonian called “The Mighty Trini” once said in one of his compositions, “If Trinidad and Tobago is a boat, I’ll sail on it, sink or float.” Those are my sentiments exactly. A very happy birthday to my sweet, sweet T&T.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

 

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