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Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden Out! Kishma A. Baronville In! as Festival Chair

Mr Marvin 'MB' Blyden (right), who was appointed as Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee in 2012 by the National Democratic Party (NDP) government, will be replaced by Ms Kishma A. Baronville, who is an employee of the Social Security Board in the National Health Insurance Unit. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Marvin 'MB' Blyden, in his festival report of 2013 blasted the BVI Tourist Board saying that they were 'useless' in the promotion of festivals and did not live up to expectations. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Marvin 'MB' Blyden, in his festival report of 2013 blasted the BVI Tourist Board saying that they were 'useless' in the promotion of festivals and did not live up to expectations. Photo: VINO/File
One source has claimed that Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn (left) wanted a less controversial figure at the helm of the VIF&FC going into an election year, while another credible source told our news room that Mr Marvin 'MB' Blyden was asked to stay on but refused to under the current Minister. Photo: VINO/File
One source has claimed that Culture Minister Hon Myron V. Walwyn (left) wanted a less controversial figure at the helm of the VIF&FC going into an election year, while another credible source told our news room that Mr Marvin 'MB' Blyden was asked to stay on but refused to under the current Minister. Photo: VINO/File
Last year Mr Marvin 'MB' Blyden stirred-up more controversy when at the 60th anniversary celebration of festival there was a tie for Road March champion between Showtime band and VIBES in terms of points. Mr Blyden sided with VIBE, which led to an avalanche of criticism of bias and calls from Showtime band head Eustace ‘Boss’ Freeman (right) for him to resign. Photo: VINO/File
Last year Mr Marvin 'MB' Blyden stirred-up more controversy when at the 60th anniversary celebration of festival there was a tie for Road March champion between Showtime band and VIBES in terms of points. Mr Blyden sided with VIBE, which led to an avalanche of criticism of bias and calls from Showtime band head Eustace ‘Boss’ Freeman (right) for him to resign. Photo: VINO/File
It was not all bad for Mr Marvin 'MB' Blyden, however, as many have praised the outgoing Chairman for prudent financial management and for calling out the challenges like he saw them. Photo: VINO/File
It was not all bad for Mr Marvin 'MB' Blyden, however, as many have praised the outgoing Chairman for prudent financial management and for calling out the challenges like he saw them. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Word just reaching our news room from our sources inside the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) government is that Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee (VIF&FC) Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden’s three year tenure as the Committee Chairman has not been renewed.

Mr Blyden, who was appointed in 2012 by the NDP Government, will be replaced by Ms Kishma A. Baronville, who is an employee of the Social Security Board in the National Health Insurance Unit.

According to two persons close to the situation, there were conflicting reports as to why the Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn took the decision. One source claimed that Mr Walwyn wanted a less controversial figure at the helm of the VIF&FC going into an election year, while another credible source told our news room that Mr Blyden was asked to stay on but refused to under the current Minister.

In any case, Kishma A. Baronville who also served on the Festival Committee as Sub Committee Chairwomen for the Road Town Festival is tipped to be the new festival boss effective this month, according to information obtained by this news site.

Mr Blyden has already been asked to turn over all books and cheques to the Ministry of Education and Culture.

‘MB’ a rocky tenure

Mr Blyden had a rocky three years at the helm of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee. He often complained both publicly and privately that the Committee was under-funded. Privately, he complained about the micro management of the Minister for Culture, Hon Walwyn.

In his first Festival and Fairs Report brought to the House of Assembly, he threw many of his members under the bus, calling outright for some of them to be replaced, including Honourable Alvera Maduro- Caines as Chairwoman of the Prince and Princess Show Committee.

Last year he stirred-up more controversy when at the 60th anniversary celebration of festival there was a tie for Road March champion between Showtime band and VIBES in terms of points. Mr Blyden sided with VIBE, which led to an avalanche of criticism of bias and calls from Showtime band head Eustace ‘Boss’ Freeman for him to resign.

In addition, many of the local bands and artistes complained over the past three years of not being paid, or paid on time while foreign performers are paid almost immediately while receiving deposits before they arrive in the Virgin Islands.

Mr Bylden, in his festival report of 2013 blasted the BVI Tourist Board saying that they were “useless” in the promotion of festivals and did not live up to expectations. This caused the BVI Tourist Board Director Sharon Flax-Mars to hit back, calling his claims baseless.

His controversial tenure also saw a flare-up over the quality of car for a former Miss BVI and threats to pull a car from the already announced prize of another.

It was not all bad for Mr Blyden, however, as many have praised the outgoing Chairman for prudent financial management and for calling out the challenges like he saw them.

57 Responses to “Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden Out! Kishma A. Baronville In! as Festival Chair”

  • ... (12/01/2015, 08:19) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    oh no VINO its only monday monring!
    • @ ... (13/01/2015, 03:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Secrecy is an understandable fact of modern life, but not when it does little more than hide government embarrassment.
  • yes (12/01/2015, 08:27) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    What great news to read, its about Marvin 'MB' Blyden to resign, this is great news for the month, everything is needed to counted and things must change............we starting with the VIF&FC clean them out.
  • xxxxxxxx (12/01/2015, 08:54) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    tis bout time yall
  • vi (12/01/2015, 09:09) Like (7) Dislike (19) Reply
    Kishma will do a great job she will not stand for corruption .
    • @ vi (12/01/2015, 23:47) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Freedom of Speech also means you have a right to remain silent.
    • @vi (14/01/2015, 08:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

      need to know how to talk to people and get down off their high horse. I done see problems in the committee if they dont change their attitude and stop down talking people.

  • ..... (12/01/2015, 09:13) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's about time someone else got a chance. Not saying she'll do better but let's give her a chance and see.
  • ooooo (12/01/2015, 09:26) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    MB got wacked as a result of friendly fire
  • Whoppa (12/01/2015, 09:29) Like (5) Dislike (14) Reply
    She is HOTT!! Yummeh..

    All the best as this is no easy task, especially with election around the corner.
  • egg face (12/01/2015, 09:29) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    SHE WILL DO A GREAT JOB END OF STORY
  • MISS BVI (12/01/2015, 09:29) Like (9) Dislike (3) Reply

    They need get rid of the Chairman of  Miss BVI next

  • happy camper (12/01/2015, 09:33) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMEN !!
  • Fam (12/01/2015, 09:49) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    MB has been saying he wanted to quit even before his time was up. He said that after the 60th celebrations he was definitely quitting.
  • showtime (12/01/2015, 09:50) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Boss rolling like a donkey now....LOL
  • jj (12/01/2015, 09:50) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Is anyone truly surprised to read this?

  • wize up (12/01/2015, 09:57) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    now we will get MB to run in the fifth district (under the VIP umbrella)
  • ----------------- (12/01/2015, 10:00) Like (14) Dislike (9) Reply
    Next election we will get rid of the minister of culture the real problem for the festival committee
    • HAHA (12/01/2015, 10:17) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      MVW will garner the most votes of any politician since the at-large system was put in place, with Doc coming in a close second. Don't believe me just watch! Action speaks. While people on here bashing the man for petty nonsense, he has a track record of performance and getting the job done.
  • ABC (12/01/2015, 10:33) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    This gives MB more time to concentrate on POW> Hmmm.
  • VI to The Bone (12/01/2015, 10:57) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
    I understand them say that SD from Carrot Bay is who Groom her!!
  • Suzette (12/01/2015, 11:00) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply

    Nonsence all the committee members from road town including me will go 

  • egg face (12/01/2015, 11:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    As with any organization, the ultimate responsibility for administrative or operational failure lies with the Chief Executive Officer
  • ann (12/01/2015, 11:47) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is great news!

  • frenchie (12/01/2015, 11:47) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Take that! Every dog has his day and what goes around always comes around.
  • Sistar (12/01/2015, 12:28) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply

    I hope that S@mul girl go as well. She is just as bias as MB...

  • ccc (12/01/2015, 12:41) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply

    Dem say dem beg he to stay but he said NO…no one wants to work with that Antigua bully

    • ccc (15/01/2015, 10:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not sure who U calling an Antiquqa bully, but Marvin born right they Tortola, you can clarify,
  • taxpayer (12/01/2015, 12:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    we have been geeting screwed with this commitee for years
  • VG (12/01/2015, 12:53) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply

    Congrats Kishma you will do well. Myron is a good man but he takes advise from his friends like Ms BVIT...and he ends up in hot water.

  • zoe (12/01/2015, 13:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    timately, this decision is a no-brainer:
  • BVI TB (12/01/2015, 13:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It just did not make sense that we encouraged people to come as festival for a week, but not for a few months.
  • just asking.... (12/01/2015, 13:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    exactly what accomplishments the BVIF& FC has accomplished since it's existence.
  • P*ss (12/01/2015, 14:14) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply

    Kishma is by far one of the most over rated individuals in our society. I am speaking of having worked and taken classes with her. Why she left the private sector......i'll provide the answer in another forum....Poor move by the ministry..

    • lmao (12/01/2015, 15:50) Like (2) Dislike (8) Reply
      And 'taken' classes with her. Look at your grammar and you have the heart to be on a public forum trying to hate on people? Get a life please.
  • Yes I (12/01/2015, 14:58) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    AMEN! This was long over due!
  • bvi (12/01/2015, 15:23) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    After that road March blunder and admitting to it on public airwaves was the last stray for me. Time up
  • ABC (12/01/2015, 17:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is wonderful news
  • Hope (12/01/2015, 20:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Back off kishma you sour cat
  • kids (12/01/2015, 21:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yea she is next kiss up under ndp them love her they know why too hmmmm whats in dark always come to light
  • Looking on (12/01/2015, 22:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The entire executive body needed to resign for school children say it was not MB alone was Bias on many decisions including the Road March drama but bvi night in St Thomas was another ...
  • farmer brown (12/01/2015, 22:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job vino
  • Guest (12/01/2015, 22:52) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    I had to sit back today while drinking me bush tea and eating me crackers and laugh! once VINO broke it then another online news site steals it, then Ballhead called his paid AM radio station and try to spin it…You just have to love VINO for its innovation and being the true leader in the news business…NEXT UP
  • open wide (12/01/2015, 23:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    too much whistleblowers in the NDP.
  • Well Well (13/01/2015, 03:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ha ha I see the $40.00 minister on another news site blogging away about VINO be tell he; As Thomas Jefferson said, the only safe repository for democracy is within an educated populace.
    If the press is bullied from its role, the populace is in the dark and democracy is doomed.
    Thanks for taking on this fight.
  • Plank (13/01/2015, 07:18) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    I have a suggestion for the new Lady. "Use the month of May as a pre-festival month also as a fund raising month, use all Local bands as a test, a trial and motivation, see which local bands are delivering, with the intention of cutting down on foreign imports. Base on the local bands that are delivering you place them accordingly when doing your festival schedule, It will safe us lots of money and it will cut back on all the bla bla bla about unfairness. because you gave every local band a fair and equal chance / opportunity.-- With- in two years we will be like Antigua, St. kitts, and Dominica, we will have enough good local bands to pull off, a fun fill, low cost. enjoyable and successful Festival. No foreign imports.
  • 8X Roadmarch Champs Showtime (13/01/2015, 16:30) Like (0) Dislike (5) Reply
    Festival 2015 will be sweet. We don't want no foreign bands. Good over evil. Zone 6
  • ccc (15/01/2015, 10:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Marvin you did the best thing. Get out of those people way....
    Classmate 1976
  • former Miss BVI (19/01/2015, 23:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If you really want to be great, you must first be a servant....That’s exactly what this job is supposed to be about. It’s not about power. It’s about making a difference in people’s lives while promting we culture


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