Youths and self-worth, my experience

Dear Editor,

On the 14th day of November, fifteen years ago I was born to a Nurse and a Policeman, a “bouncing baby boy”, a common sight everyone may have thought but none knew the upcoming future. At age five I was labelled “intelligent” so, my parents tried their best to continue the good name. In my Primary years I attended the St.John-the-Baptist Primary School. I was placed into Spelling Bees, Essay Writings, Debates, School Choir and Science Fairs. I became well-known for these extracurricular activities in the blink of an eye.

I wrote the National Grade Six Assessment and placed fifth in the Top 10 of Region #7. Off to President’s College and back to Three Miles Secondary School. I found a penchant for politics in the First Form and locally  campaigned for the APNU+AFC Government. Then I was known as a vibrant speaker, my spotlight shun more bright in the Second Form. I found myself a motivator and her name was Ms. Dascia Holder. She said to me “Mr.President always remember people expect better from you and they see opportunity in you, so don’t mess up your personal browser (the brain)” and I jumped into overload and wrote novels, mini-books and songs. I tried publishing them but I was turned down due to age, they told me.

I moved on, started experiments which were never recorded or ever yet tried by scientist, chemist or even herbalist, went to the Science Fair but lost. I was on the verge of giving up until I took part in a J.O.F Haynes Debate saying to myself  “I will show those `big boys’ how it’s done”. But my heart did not “skip a beat” until Advisor to the President on the Environment Mr.Gary Best said “And our Best Speaker is O’shea Mingo”.  I looked left, then right at every camera that was surrounding me. I jumped up feeling excited, waiting anxiously to hear my prize “An award from His Excellency President David Granger at the Bartica Town Day Celebration”. Tears filled my eyes and proudness covered my heart as I collected my trophy from the President. He then asked me a question “How old are you now?” I answered proudly saying “13 years old Your Excellency”.

I then became a “Bartician Mogul” but with success comes enemies. From that day onward I was never featured for anything productive, my seniors would find someone or something to put in my space so that I couldn’t get fame or fortune for my hard work. So, a whole year passed away I had nothing recent to show or add to my achievements. I then touched the Third Form as unknown, forgotten and uncrowned until Speaker of the National Assembly, Honourable Mr.Barton Scotland visited my school.

Even though I wasn’t told about the visit I still somehow found out and some words said by the late John F. Kennedy came to mind: “It’s not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”. I marched with my Prefect badge directly to the forbidden auditorium and upon my arrival there stood The Speaker with my enemies. Then I remembered the Bible saying “you prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies”.

I intruded at that moment and asked the Speaker to accompany me to my class, forgetting all the rules I was breaking just thinking about the betterment of my colleagues and my hometown.  Mr.Scotland then agreed, he and his entire media team and security followed. I introduced him to my class and he asked questions and they asked questions.

I walked him to his car, In the presence of Madame Pauline Sukhai I made a proposal about the rehabilitation of our resource centre. They both smiled and asked “How old are you” at the synchronized minute. I answered by saying “Age is just a number and so is VAT”. We all shared a hearty laugh and they left. And I take this wonderful opportunity to tell all readers, my purpose of writing this letter wasn’t to be noticed but to encourage other youths about self-worth.

Yours faithfully,

O’shea Mingo

 

Comments  

Broadcasting Bill violates constitutional rights

Dear Editor, The Parliamentary Opposition, the Guyana Press Association, the owners of almost every media house in the country, the Private Sector Com-mission, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, the largest amalgam of trade unions in the country, FITUG, the Association of Caribbean Media Workers, Reporters without Borders and the International Press Institute, have all expressed their condemnation of the Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2017, and the failure of the government to consult prior to its promulgation in the National Assembly.

Which investor will want to come if they are subjected to this level of trauma?

Dear Editor, I read with absolute shock the blazing and bold headlines in the Guyana Chronicle, on Tuesday,  August 15, 2017, ‘Tracking the Money… Sleepin boss, associates snared in money laundering probe… SOCU tells Gaming Authority investigation on since 2016’. 

Government should decriminalise possession of small amounts of marijuana

Dear Editor, We, the members of the Guyana American Patriotic Forum (GAPF), are seeking the immediate intervention of the Government of Guyana to halt the criminalization of Guyanese youths who are routinely incarcerated for smoking small amounts of marijuana.

For how many hours did the Albion bioethanol plant operate in 2016 and 2017?

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Omission

In the letter captioned ‘Government revenues from state forest permissions is 1/95 of what was earned in 1861 per hectare’ by Janette Bulkan, published in our edition yesterday, a paragraph was inadvertently omitted.

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