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VI neglecting local literature about its past – Cromwell Smith

- said neglect is causing persons to take what the VI has achieved for granted
Talkshow Host Cromwell Smith aka “Edju En Ka” says the Virgin Islands has neglected a lot of its literature to learn about the past, written through the eyes of local historians, authors, and others who have lived the experience. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Cromwell Smith made the comments during the Monday, September 8, 2021, edition of the Umoja Show alongside guest Abdul Shabazz while discussing VI literature and its significance to preserving history. Photo: Facebook
Mr Cromwell Smith made the comments during the Monday, September 8, 2021, edition of the Umoja Show alongside guest Abdul Shabazz while discussing VI literature and its significance to preserving history. Photo: Facebook
BAUGHER'S BAY, Tortola, VI - Talkshow host Cromwell Smith aka 'Edju En Ka' says the Virgin Islands has neglected a lot of its literature written through the eyes of local historians, authors and others who have lived the experience and which can help us to learn about the past.

Mr Smith made the comments during the Monday, September 8, 2021, edition of the Umoja Show alongside guest Abdul Shabazz while discussing VI literature and its significance to preserving history.

Learning about the past 

“We've been talking for a very long time about our culture and our history and needing to know our history and needing to know our culture and trying to go back to some of the things that we did in the past and bring them forward into the future,” he said.

Smith added; however, that while younger persons also believe that it is important for the VI to know where it came from to chart a course into the future, literature is ignored in the process.

“But a lot of that information is in our Virgin Islands literature, persons who have lived that experience, have written about that experience. Our educators, our learned persons in the community have written about it and there's a lot to be gained and a lot of knowledge to be had from reading our literature, our stories written by our own people,” he said.

Mr Smith said with the 2021 emancipation, for example, the VI celebration was toned down due to COVID-19, in favour of more virtual celebrations that showcased a lot of history.

“I'm not sure whether that was bad or good, because… we didn't have a lot of the revelry that we normally have, some of us label revelry as vulgar sometimes and not fitting with how solemn our celebration should be.”

Smith said, as a result, the virtual celebrations featured a lot of good presentations that reflected on how solemn emancipation should be as an event.

Need to focus on literature 

He said; however, there was still not enough talking about culture, literature, and the stories of Virgin Islanders, as such, the show delved into the significance of literature and historical information on the Virgin Islands.

Mr Smith, along with his guest Mr Shabazz, pointed to an overall need for the territory to look to its literature to learn about culture and heritage.

“You get a historic sense of where we were socially, politically and economically...so you get that sense of who built what and how it was built and how we need to carry it forward and I think because we are missing that [literature]... we sort of take what we have for granted,” Mr Smith reasoned.

4 Responses to “VI neglecting local literature about its past – Cromwell Smith ”

  • ok (07/09/2021, 12:56) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    He is so correct
  • Almost Fair-minded native senior (male) citizen (07/09/2021, 14:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr. Cromwell Smith, Edju En Ka, you have made some credible points in reference to our cultural history etc.
    What is much more important to us, though, are serial issues, namely: Covid-19, our economic downturn, our ongoing CoI probing investigation of probably corruption by political leaders, and others of our public finances, and more.
    While what you have said are basically necessary, at this time the public will benefit more if you speak of issues that affect our most pressing needs. You know what they are probably better than I do.
    I mean you no harm. Together only for the right causes we will continue standing unbroken.
  • facts (08/09/2021, 06:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The man is on point we have lost our history
  • GET ACQUAINTED (08/09/2021, 07:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    With the TRUTH / WHY ARE YOU HIDING THE REAL REASON ? ITS GOING TO COME SOME TIME ( WE LIVE ONCE AND WE WILL DIE ONCE ) SO STOP DISRESPECTING YOURSELF


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