On Saturday, 10 February just over 100 persons joined the Grenada Embassy in Havana to celebrate Grenada’s 44th year of independence.
Grenadian students from all over Cuba travelled to Havana to participate in a full day’s programme of indoor and outdoor games culminating in a formal ceremony, cultural performances, awards, dinner and dance.
The Governor General’s and Prime Minister’s speeches were read by final year students Abigail Noel and Pre-Med student Etieron Edwards respectively. Other speeches were delivered by representatives of the Cuban Foreign Affairs Ministry (MINREX) and the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and delivering a message on behalf of Ambassador Claris Charles was student Karla Mc Donald.
The following students received awards for exceptional academic performance (Titular de Oro or a GPA of 5):
Abigail Mc Burnie
Pre-med students led by 2015 National Carnival Queen Nyanka Samuel Robinson took us down memory lane with a stellar cultural performance which received thunderous applause.
Apart from students and Cuban officials, invitees also included Cubans of Grenadian descent, embassy staff, former Cuban Ambassador to Grenada Maria Caridad Balaguer and her husband, St Lucian journalist Earl Bousquet, plus many students from other countries in the Caribbean and Africa. The activities ended with dancing.
On Sunday morning the students departed to their respective universities.