Global Politics & Cultures (formerly Independent Thought & Freedom)
Episode 132

100 Years of Trinidad and Tobago w/ Selwyn Cudjoe and Kevin Baldeosingh

Kirk Meighoo published on

A Story Club: Global Cultures S1 E3
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What can the world learn from a small, Caribbean twin-island state, like Trinidad and Tobago?

Trinidad and Tobago is a fascinating place. It has been my family’s home for six generations. A product of an exceptionally global history, it also has made unique contributions to the world. 

For it’s small size, it has produced a very large number of global thinkers, writers, entertainers, artists, athletes, writers, political activists.

Spanish, French, English, African, Indian, Hindu, Muslim, Catholic, Anglican, Protestant, Yoruba, Chinese, Portuguese, and Syrian-Lebanese peoples have been living together and inter-acting with each other for generations, creating a unique multi-layered cultural complex and dynamic.

Trinidad and Tobago has given the world a large number of leading personalities --intellectuals, political activists, entertainers -- for its size. These include: Nobel Laureate V.S. Naipual, Pan-Africanists Kwame Ture (Stokely Carmichael) and Henry Sylvester-Williams, political sage CLR James, rapper Nicki Minaj, historian and statesman Eric Williams, dancer and actor Geoffrey Holder, cricketer Brian Lara, footballer Dwight Yorke, singer Billy Ocean, Islamic Eschatologist Sheikh Imran Hosein, Chinese nationalist revolutionary Eugene Chen.

All from a tiny state of 1.3 million people.

Its fascinating history tells the story of colonialism, decolonization and independence, of the challenges and promises of cultural diversity, the process of blending of East and West in the New World, the challenges of economic development for small and formerly colonial countries.

Not only has Trinidad and Tobago contributed much to the world, the world can learn a lot by knowing more about Trinidad and Tobago.

Join me, Dr. Kirk Meighoo, along with my guest Professor Selwyn Cudjoe and writer, satirist, and social critic Kevin Baldeosingh, as we seek to understand the lessons of Trinidad and Tobago over the past 100 years, with a view to its future, and what the world can learn from it.



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