Sam Sharp Awards ... The Fantastic Seven

by Tamika Williams
(Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden, St James)

The Fantastic Seven at the Sam Sharp Awards Ceremony<br>Click other photos to enlarge

The Fantastic Seven at the Sam Sharp Awards Ceremony
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Every year Jamaica celebrates her heroes and heroine for a week, usually in the second week of October. The week culminates on Heroes Monday with Civic and Award services in all the parishes across the island.

This year's Sam Sharp Awards in St James saw six individuals and one business receiving national awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions.

  • Clinton Chin for Community Service
  • Cleopatra Eubanks for Sports
  • Pauline Downer for Community Service
  • Mavia Holt for Education
  • Gloria Meredith for Community Service
  • Paul Reid for Journalism
  • and Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden for Tourism

Ian and Tamika Williams received the award on behalf of Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden, co-owned and managed by their son Ayale.

Buckingham All Age School celebrated Heritage Week the Wednesday before with students researching and presenting their writings on each national hero and heroine.

Marcus Garvey's quote "Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will was highlighted at Buckingham Primary school and also at the Civic& Awards ceremony.

As well as pride in recieving an award, I was proud to see students presenting cultural items, and their readings on each hero/heroine gave me hope for a better future.

The children all delivered themselves well as they represented their school, community and country.

Ahh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden has been working within the community, and is happy to announce that work has finally commenced on the road leading to the property.

Ahhh... is the flower of Camrose and we are honoured to have been nominated by members of our community, and we take this opportunity to thank the selection committee from the St James Parish Counsel and JCDC for selecting us for a National Award.

We give thanks to our staff who have stood by us even in harsh times.

We give thanks to all our guests who have helped to make us better as we have served you.

We give thanks to Jamaican No problem for giving us this voice.

I give thanks to Ras Natango, my husband, who has been the one keeping the vision alive, and to our son Ayale without whose youth, talent, dedication, motivation and hard work none of this would be possible.

We thank the people of Camrose, and we WILL make a difference as we work to empower ourselves and contribute to nation building.

We at the Ahhh...Ras Natango Gallery and Garden are honoured and humbled.

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Oct 28, 2012
Thank you
by: Tamika Williams

Thanks so much for the kind comments.

The roads were not affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Full speed ahead.

Sincerely, the Ahhh...Ras Family

Oct 24, 2012
by: Big Sister JN

I am so proud of you my family. Pleased to see your talents/hard work being recognized. Congrats and God bless.

Oct 23, 2012
Good Job!
by: Lennie B

So proud of you guys, keep up the good work.

Beautiful home, beautiful art, beautiful garden, beautiful people.

Oct 22, 2012
Great awards ... Love Ahh...Ras Natango....
by: susan lee

We so much enjoyed reading on "Jamaica-No-Problem" Tamika's report on the Sam Sharp Awards!

ALL so well deserved and we appreciate both the Sam Sharp Awards program and the coverage of it on Jamaica-no-problem.

We are special fans of the Gallery & Garden experience that Ian (Ras Natango), his wife, Tamika, and their son Ayale have created at their hillside site overlooking Montego Bay.

It is a very special piece of any Jamaica experience, and we always bring our visitors and guests whenever the roads allow.

This family has worked so hard to develop their local area as a very special slice of Jamaica for locals and visitors alike.

The art, the plants/flowers, the birds, along with the inviting/friendly atmosphere and the host's knowledge of it all is a wonderful and enlightening experience.

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