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Savannah Lass

My name is Nikisha Watson and I’m the woman cooking and wining to the tune of Savannah Grass in the video that went viral.

I am born and bred in Trinidad and spent all of my childhood, adolescence and early adulthood in Chaguanas. It was real country then and I still say I’m a country girl. But now my old neighbourhood is like a little mini-city. Opposite my parents’ house, there's now a big gym. I went to UWI Prep School and Naparima Girls' High School.

At 20, I moved to London to do my BSc degree and have lived in England since, [apart from three years] back in Trinidad. I now live in Cheshire with my husband of six years, Jamie Parker. And our three children, Yanice,14, Yiethan, six, and Yelena, two. I’d been married before, when I was 23, to a man I’d met when I was 15 and it didn’t last very long. My first son is his.

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Amidst a Flutter of Hearts

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Kirk Perreira and I’ve been carrying the biodrama movie I want to make about Sir Frank Worrell in my head – and heart – for 20 years.

I’m DEFINITELY a “Town” boy, growing up in Long Circular, Maraval. Then my grandparents Felix and Myra Ortiz’ home on Dundonald St, Port of Spain. [In adulthood] I migrated. I live now in Preysal, famous for West Indies cricketers. Inshan Ali, Ravi Rampaul and one West Indies captain, Dinesh Ramdin, played for Preysal.

Today, you can't take your eyes off your children. In my day, once you could walk, you had freedom. The Savannah was my stomping ground. You had to be street wise at an early age. Like when men stop and ask you if you need a lift.

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Set Free by Prisoners

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Debbie Jacob and BC Pires insists I am his Person of the Year, 2020, because, he says, my prison work has done so much practical good for so many who need it so much.

I can’t sleep if I start thinking about how easy it is to end up in prison in this country. And then spending ten to 12 years waiting for your trial.That terrifies me.

In prison, I experienced gratitude, loyalty and love on a level I did not know existed, just from simple kindness. And a willingness to overcome the prejudice that define us on both sides of the tracks.

When I first came to Trinidad in 1983, I stayed in a small, white board house in the middle of a Warrenville cane field. For me, Central Trinidad is home. The rustling cane fields remind me of the wind in the wheat fields around the farm I was born and raised on in Ohio, USA, where weeks could pass before we saw a stranger’s car.

My daughter, Ijanaya, is a librarian in Belgium, and my son Jairzhino, an artist in Seattle. Zino came to visit me in February and got trapped here when the borders shut. My dad, Paul Bowman, died at 67. My mom, Maria, 91, has covid-19. My oldest brother, Marvin Paul, died of Aids. My two other brothers are Mark and Kevin. BC Pires tells me he’s spent 30 years thinking I was Jewish, because of my surname – but I got that from an Indian in Trinidad I divorced.

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Meat Hater's Delight

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Dylan De Gourville but my friends call me Dylan Digiorno.

One of my best friends, Ben, came up with the frozen pizza brand nickname because I used to really enjoy pizza before turning vegan. It started off as a funny comment and stayed with me. Even BC Pires thought my real name was Digiorno.

My dad wanted to call me Storm. I don’ t think I was named after Bob Dylan or any other famous Dylan. My mom just liked the name. I’m a big fan of Dylan Thomas’s poetry though. Do not go gentle into that good night impacted me the most. The poem urges people to resist death, though it's inevitable. Some people, at the end of their journey, realise that they didn't spark any real change in the world. That's not how I'd like to end up.

Over the last ten years, I’ve moved [all over] Port of Spain, but I come from South, where I lived for the first eight years of my life and formed all my happy childhood memories. It was quiet and peaceful back then. My dad's siblings and more than 20 cousins still live there, so South will always feel like home. My mom's family lives in Diego Martin and I'm exceptionally close to her parents.


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Nothing Fancy


My name is Tonni Brodber and I really feel I know NOTHING about ANYTHING.

Brodber is a Jamaican-Welsh name. The spelling was Bro-a-dber first. A man in Wales got in some fight over something and got banished to Jamaica. And married black. And here we are!

I’ve been married for four years to Kashka Hemans, a Jamaican who adopted Trinidad. We have two boys, Eli and Noel. We dated for two years at Mona and broke up when he went to live in Trinidad and I moved to China.

I got a job offer in Barbados and I knew that, if I took it, I wasn’t finding no man; because every couple in Barbados been dating since they were 12. Kashka and I were always in touch, writing and calling. We had a strong friendship. And then he said, “So… we doing this? We going to get married?”


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Savannah Lass

My name is Nikisha Watson and I’m the woman cooking and wining to the tune of Savannah Grass in the video that went viral.

I am born and bred in Trinidad and spent all of my childhood, adolescence and early adulthood in Chaguanas. It was real country then and I still say I’m a country girl. But now my old neighbourhood is like a little mini-city. Opposite my parents’ house, there's now a big gym. I went to UWI Prep School and Naparima Girls' High School.

At 20, I moved to London to do my BSc degree and have lived in England since, [apart from three years] back in Trinidad. I now live in Cheshire with my husband of six years, Jamie Parker. And our three children, Yanice,14, Yiethan, six, and Yelena, two. I’d been married before, when I was 23, to a man I’d met when I was 15 and it didn’t last very long. My first son is his.

Read more

Amidst a Flutter of Hearts

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Kirk Perreira and I’ve been carrying the biodrama movie I want to make about Sir Frank Worrell in my head – and heart – for 20 years.

I’m DEFINITELY a “Town” boy, growing up in Long Circular, Maraval. Then my grandparents Felix and Myra Ortiz’ home on Dundonald St, Port of Spain. [In adulthood] I migrated. I live now in Preysal, famous for West Indies cricketers. Inshan Ali, Ravi Rampaul and one West Indies captain, Dinesh Ramdin, played for Preysal.

Today, you can't take your eyes off your children. In my day, once you could walk, you had freedom. The Savannah was my stomping ground. You had to be street wise at an early age. Like when men stop and ask you if you need a lift.

Read more

Set Free by Prisoners

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Debbie Jacob and BC Pires insists I am his Person of the Year, 2020, because, he says, my prison work has done so much practical good for so many who need it so much.

I can’t sleep if I start thinking about how easy it is to end up in prison in this country. And then spending ten to 12 years waiting for your trial.That terrifies me.

In prison, I experienced gratitude, loyalty and love on a level I did not know existed, just from simple kindness. And a willingness to overcome the prejudice that define us on both sides of the tracks.

When I first came to Trinidad in 1983, I stayed in a small, white board house in the middle of a Warrenville cane field. For me, Central Trinidad is home. The rustling cane fields remind me of the wind in the wheat fields around the farm I was born and raised on in Ohio, USA, where weeks could pass before we saw a stranger’s car.

My daughter, Ijanaya, is a librarian in Belgium, and my son Jairzhino, an artist in Seattle. Zino came to visit me in February and got trapped here when the borders shut. My dad, Paul Bowman, died at 67. My mom, Maria, 91, has covid-19. My oldest brother, Marvin Paul, died of Aids. My two other brothers are Mark and Kevin. BC Pires tells me he’s spent 30 years thinking I was Jewish, because of my surname – but I got that from an Indian in Trinidad I divorced.

Read more

Meat Hater's Delight

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Dylan De Gourville but my friends call me Dylan Digiorno.

One of my best friends, Ben, came up with the frozen pizza brand nickname because I used to really enjoy pizza before turning vegan. It started off as a funny comment and stayed with me. Even BC Pires thought my real name was Digiorno.

My dad wanted to call me Storm. I don’ t think I was named after Bob Dylan or any other famous Dylan. My mom just liked the name. I’m a big fan of Dylan Thomas’s poetry though. Do not go gentle into that good night impacted me the most. The poem urges people to resist death, though it's inevitable. Some people, at the end of their journey, realise that they didn't spark any real change in the world. That's not how I'd like to end up.

Over the last ten years, I’ve moved [all over] Port of Spain, but I come from South, where I lived for the first eight years of my life and formed all my happy childhood memories. It was quiet and peaceful back then. My dad's siblings and more than 20 cousins still live there, so South will always feel like home. My mom's family lives in Diego Martin and I'm exceptionally close to her parents.


Read more

Nothing Fancy


My name is Tonni Brodber and I really feel I know NOTHING about ANYTHING.

Brodber is a Jamaican-Welsh name. The spelling was Bro-a-dber first. A man in Wales got in some fight over something and got banished to Jamaica. And married black. And here we are!

I’ve been married for four years to Kashka Hemans, a Jamaican who adopted Trinidad. We have two boys, Eli and Noel. We dated for two years at Mona and broke up when he went to live in Trinidad and I moved to China.

I got a job offer in Barbados and I knew that, if I took it, I wasn’t finding no man; because every couple in Barbados been dating since they were 12. Kashka and I were always in touch, writing and calling. We had a strong friendship. And then he said, “So… we doing this? We going to get married?”


Read more

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