The re-enactment of the Ifa/Orisa ceremony welcoming a child into the world, aptly titled It takes a village to raise a child, was a key feature of the recent Mentoring by the Masters Awards Ceremony.
The event was hosted by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (MCDCA) at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.
In delivering the feature address Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said: “The Mentoring by the Masters Programme is one of the initiatives that seamlessly fits into the ministry’s objective to use the creative sector to enhance the development of communities and nurture the emerging artists of TT.” She encouraged mentees to further develop their new-found skills. “We know you will utilise the seeds of knowledge gained from this experience and add to it the water of commitment, the fertiliser of tenacity, and the sunlight of hard work to yield a beautiful fruit –a bountiful cultural harvest; well worth the Government’s and your own personal investment.”
Acting director of the Culture Division Tej Ramlogan congratulated both mentors and mentees. He said: “The programme is a new approach to learning, specifically with respect to the major oral traditions.” He also revealed a growing interest in Mentoring by the Masters. “The programme is more subscribed year after year, and we are able to appreciate the value it brings to participants,” Ramlogan said.
Gadsby-Dolly presented the awards to the 2017 distinguished mentors comprising of Lionel Jagessar Snr who facilitated a programme on fancy Indian mas, Rosalind Gabriel for a Children’s Mas component, Janice Patricia McLeod for Ifa/Orisa Traditions, Sharon Pitt who facilitated the Professional Development in Broadcasting programme, and Simeon Sandiford for developing a programme on the Aspects of Music Production and the Business of Music. The Mentoring by the Masters Programme is in its fifth installation and facilitates the transfer of our cultural traditions and high standards of creativity by masters in the field to the future generation.