Emancipation Day 2013 - Barbados - Nuwaupians on Stage
Emancipation Day 2013. Barbados. 1 August 2013, 7:23 am.
A well-represented contingent of Barbadian Nuwaupians assembles onstage.
I first learnt about the Nuwaupians after encountering a group of them distributing promotional literature at their booth at Agrofest Barbados two or three years ago. In many ways they are still a mystery to me. This is the first time I have ever seen so many of them. They were a very prominent part of the Emancipation Day celebrations. At 7:17 am as she addressed the crowd a female Nuwaupian invoked the name of Yaa Asantewaa, the historic Asante heroine and freedom fighter. Two female Nuwaupians shared the stage before the others joined, delivering a greeting message spoken first by one lady entirely in an ancient Egyptian language, then by the other lady entirely in English. As you can see from the photo their flag resembles that of Ghana.
It is my observation that they are a very well organised movement. Later as I walked along the Emancipation Walk route, a young musician who was walking with them informed me that there are many more of them here. I may be wrong but I think he mentioned a gathering of about 2,000 of them.
In the background at right is the British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Paul Brummell (in white hat), chatting with a group of Bajans.
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