The event was ably chaired by Mr. Nigel Scott-Director of SVGCC. Opening prayer was done by Pastor Calvert Shortte. The national anthem was played by Saeed Bowman who also rendered the late Jerold ‘Rasum’ Shallow’s song ‘Perseverance’. Dr. George Frederick brought a brilliant and hilarious preview of the book which had the crowd ‘cracking up with laughter’. Teacher Nigel Morgan in his unique dramatic way took the audience on the journey he had writng the book. According to him, he undertook the task of writing the book as a labor of love for his country. It was during the long days interviewing Vincentians that he realized the great need and cultural and historical void the book was filling.
“Throughout my years as an educator, I have often searched for written systematic documentation of our Vincentian Caribbean proverbs, unfortunately, such documentation is severely limited. Moreover, in their quest for knowledge and understanding of our culture, visitors to our country have often requested written information on this unique language, only to be disappointed. Hence, I arose to the occasion of filling this need.” Morgan said.
He went on to say that, “The purpose of this project is to share my findings of this cultural feature with the world, to help shape the way people think about their survival. Likewise, I aim to make the book accessible to those in pursuit of higher learning. The arrangement of subtopics or themes, will allow teachers to easily find material to incorporate and organize into their own teaching systems. A glossary, an index and various levels of discussion questions/activities are also included. Among objectives of the book are: To preserve Vincy proverbs; To provide a tool to access, learn and teach these proverbs; To build and strengthen national pride for our cultural heritage; To assist in the rebuilding of 2017hurricane ravaged Caribbean countries.
“I have gained greater insight into the life of my fore parents and have become more appreciative of my Vincentian Caribbean legacy. During the eighteen months it took to complete the manuscript, I have spent long days and sleepless nights researching, rewriting the book outline and editing manuscripts. I am positive that those who need it most will be able to use and profit from it the most. The book is dedicated to the past generations who created this language, and to all who have used it, who continue to use it and will use it in the future.” He said. He then amused the crowd by reading proverbs from the book, then giving four persons a chance to win a book there.
The vote of thanks was done by Mr. Peter Edwards while Pastor Raphael ‘Burton” Joseph -Teacher Morgan’s brother- brought the closing exhortation and prayer. 401 Vincy Caribbean Proverbs (VCP) is a product of MILAD, which is now celebrating 25 years in existence. The popular Vincentian “Heartbeat Drummers” brought the curtains down on the momentous event and had the audience rocking joyfully to the pulsating beat of the drums.
Nigel A. Morgan’s “401 Vincy Caribbean Proverbs: Amazing Expressions to Guide You”, captures the unique way of communication inherited from past Vincentian generations for future generations, uncovering the precious legacy to guide people in maximizing their current lives and their future destiny.
“The book’s insightfulness gives us a deeper sense of who we are as humans. It highlights and challenges global ignorance, injustice, oppression, corruption, immorality and hate. It offers hope again for people to love, care, serve and help each other to fulfill our destiny,” Says ‘Teacher’ Morgan.
MILAD is the Vincentian based company responsible for the series of books called “Vincy Caribbean Proverbs and Idioms” (VCPI) and “401 Vincy Caribbean Proverb being the first.
‘Teacher’ Morgan grew up in Windward Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. He has taught children and adults to translate the spoken language and written expressions to standard English. His immense experiences and relations have guided ‘Teacher’ Morgan in writing the book. To obtain data for his work, Morgan has also conducted research that required visiting different communities in St, Vincent and the Grenadines.