Comedian, actor, and playwright Oliver Samuels will be one of several honorees at the Caribbean-American Heritage Awards Gala to be held on Friday, November 16, at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington DC.
For his outstanding body of work and for bringing ‘Brand Jamaica’ to the forefront of performing arts locally and internationally, Samuels will be awarded the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.
St Mary-born Samuels was enrolled in the Jamaica Theatre School from 1971 to 1973, and went on to make major moves in theatre.
He has appeared in more than 13 national pantomimes, playing major roles, and he has also appeared in 20 other productions, including overseas productions The Fight Against Slavery, My Father Son Son Johnson and Brothers and Sisters.
More success and accolades followed when he was given his own television series, including Oliver, Oliver at Large and Large and in Charge. His more recent acting roles include the soap opera Royal Palm Estate, and he has also appeared in Canadian, Italian and German films.
Other honorees at the awards gala will include Reggae Foundation Grammy Winning Inner Circle Band; Jamaican microbiologist and current president of the J. Craig Venter Institute, Dr Karen Nelson; Rising Star of the Opera, Alyson Cambridge, who is of Guyanese heritage; and Sherry Herbert, vice president of Black Enterprise, who hails from Nevis.
This is the 25th staging of the Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala, which is spearheaded by the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) in partnership with sponsors Bert Smith and Company, (BSC), Genesis Motor America and OmniSystems, Inc.