December 14, 2015
Arguably, many Montegonians may have never heard of the country, Malta, however, one young man from the community of Norwood has been there.
Twenty year-old Sujae Boswell has been chosen to represent the voice of Jamaican youths overseas. Already, this progressive young Jamaican has been to several countries including: Malta, Germany and the Bahamas. He is also slated to represent Jamaica in Finland and Turkey.
This passionate youth advocate has received many awards including being the 2015 recipient of the Governor General’s Achievement Award for Excellence and was recently chosen as a Jamaica Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth. While in Malta, Sujae Boswell became the first Jamaican and youngest ever elected executive member to the Commonwealth Youth Council.
“It was a very overwhelming feeling to have been selected by the delegates who were representing the interest of the youth of their respective countries. It was truly a jaw-dropping experience! During the installation ceremony, the delegates were screaming, ‘All Is Well With Boswell!’ I was literally at a standstill as it reminded me of my duty to serve and the trust they had in me.”
Sujae is a proud product of the west as he is a graduate of the Albion Primary and Junior High School in Montego Bay and Munro College in St. Elizabeth.
While in Malta, Sujae met Prince Charles of Wales and had a breakfast meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Sujae is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus.
There is no doubt that the youths of Norwood are excelling as earlier this year, Nicole Nation, also a resident of Norwood was given the opportunity to visit Buckingham Palace where she collected her Queen’s Young Leader Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Dr. Horace Chang, who is the Member of Parliament for North West St. James from which Boswell and Nation hail, proudly supports the endeavours of young people in his constituency.
“Sujae is a dynamic young man who is a true reflection of the spirit of the people of Norwood; hardworking, bright and with a willingness to face challenges and overcome adversity. The unfortunate media caricature of Norwood is far from the truth. I am very proud of both of these young people,” Dr. Chang said.
Sujae is arguably the first person from the community to be featured on the award-winning inspirational and motivational programme, Profile with Ian Boyne. The programme aired yesterday evening.
Contributed by: Nicole Nation