He is chairperson of the government appointed Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission with mandate, inter alia to: ‘organize activities to include education and awareness programmes concerning reparations for the enslavement of our ancestors and establish links with organizations with similar mandates’.

He was recently appointed as an Ambassador-at-large with responsibility for the national reparatory justice programme.

He is one of three vice-presidents of the CARICOM Reparations Commission where he coordinates the work of the member national committees/commissions – maintaining a regional approach to the reparations claim on Europe for the crimes against humanity of the slave trade, slavery and the genocide of indigenous peoples. His main interests are in understanding the legacies of enslavement as manifested in both the health outcomes and cultural behaviour of Afro-Caribbean descendants.

He is a graduate of The University of the West Indies, the University of Toronto and also holds a Masters degree in Public Health from Tulane University.
He is a cultural worker – playwright, director and producer of both theatre and music. He is also a calypso writer, judge and analyst.

He is a published author. He was awarded the Sunshine Award ‘Friends of the Arts’ for his commitment to creativity development and his consistent calls for the crafting of implementable cultural policies and programmes – and recently the President of the St. Martin Book Fair Award – presented to individuals and institutions whose work is noted for its excellence and for combining literary, cultural, and liberation components in the service of progress, of their people or nation, and of humanity

Professionally, O’Marde is a management consultant offering services in various sectors nationally and regionally.

 

Day 3 26 August 2022

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