With sirens blaring and amidst very tight security the motorcade rolled though streets lined with Jamaican flags and screaming excited residents with curious onlookers turned out to get a glimpse of their native heroine as she visited the place of her birth. The usually busy commercial Yallahs, St. Thomas was her first stop.
A day care centre will be built in St. Thomas as this is the focus of the 23 year old Jamaican who is the fourth Jamaican to so occupy the title of Miss World. Miss Joan Crawford was the first in 1963 and last one before Toni-Ann Sing is Lisa Hannah some 26 years ago.
The parish of St. Thomas has been put on the map when the St. Thomas native out stripped over 100 contestants to be chosen the most beautiful woman in the world. Miss Toni-Ann Sing is not only beautiful, but she is talented and has recorded a Whitney Houston song in London.
Speaking on Saturday in Kingston Jamaica W.I. the top world beauty was flanked by Mayor of Kingston and Culture Minister Hon. Olivia “Babsy” Grange and other public officials. She was honoured with the Keys to the City of Kingston.
“This is your crown” declared an emotional Toni-Ann Sing who is making an official four days visit to Jamaica since winning the coveted title last weekend December 2019 in New York. Her visit to Jamaica is from Friday 21 December 2019 to Monday the 23 rd of December 2019.
The 23 year old psychology student who lives in the USA represented Jamaica in the competition. She will start her official duties on Monday December 23, 2019.
As a native myself of St. Thomas I was born not far from Bath where Miss World 2019 was born. St. Thomas which is at the Eastern end of Jamaica has been considered an economically depressed parish. A new highway and a new Town Centre will boost the fortunes and employment in the parish. The highway is already on the way. Ground broken for Town Centre. The Andrew Holness led JLP must be commended for their efforts to improve the parish.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior National & International Correspondent for Vision Newspaper Canada
Photo from JIS