Brazilian Festival celebrates Jamaicans from Nanny to Marley

Jamaica’s African struggles featured at famous Brazilian carnival


Brazillian Festival celebrates Jamaican Heroes including Nanny of the Maroons, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, Marcus Garvey . Bob Marley was also celebrated.

International Decade of people of African Descent

According to the article, “For Carnival 2015 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, the famous Ilê Aiyê Carnival Association featured Jamaica’s contribution to ending the struggles faced by the African Diaspora.”

The theme was: “A Diaspora Africana – Jamaica – Os Afrodescendentes” (The African Diaspora – Jamaica – The Afro-Descendants). The parade took place over the four days of Carnival, from 14 -17 February2015 and was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people along the different parade circuits in Salvador.

The article further states that, “The heroes celebrated were Nanny of the Maroons, Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, Marcus Garvey and Bob Marley. The theme of the Carnival was inspired by the International Decade of African Descent, declared by the UN, which started on 1st January 2015 and in recognition of Jamaica’s activism and leadership in fighting against racial prejudice, intolerance and discrimination and xenophobia.

The Embassy collaborated with the Ilê Aiyê association since April 2014 on this project. The Ambassador and Minister Counsellor in the Embassy were invited as guests of honour as well as the Ambassadors of other CARICOM countries. The Ambassador of Barbados and the Minister-Counsellor for Trinidad & Tobago also attended.”

Photo courtesy of caricom.org

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