‘Outameni’ One Next Crosses

JLUTwo spelling systems are used for the Jamaican language below. The first, which I call ‘chaka-chaka’, is based on English spelling. The second, ‘prapa-prapa’, is the specialist system designed by the Jamaican linguist Frederic Cassidy. It has been updated by the Jamaican Language Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona. After the two Jamaican versions, there’s an English translation.

CHAKA-CHAKA Spelling

Wa mek Govament tek poor people money go buy Outameni? Dem no got enough crosses? Dem waan more? Housing Trust claim seh dem buy Outameni fi build up Trelawny. Di people dem weh lucky fi get Housing Trust house no got plenty place fi go breeze out. So a dat mek Housing Trust turn tour operator? No sah!

No get mi wrong. A no ongle foreigner fi enjoy wi nice-nice country. Jamaica people supposen fi walk bout all bout fi wi owna yaad. Wen mi a pikni, a one time fi di year wi go pon church outnin! One time! Wi lef Kingston go a Porto Seco beach. An if wi lucky, wi go a Castleton Garden couple time. Nuff a wi lef Jamaica gaan a foreign an wi no know di whole a fi wi lickle island. Dat well bad.

‘The Outameni Experience’ did set up fi mek money offa di tourist dem weh come a Falmouth pon cruise ship. But Outameni never get nuff foreign tourist. An some a dem weh do go fi di ‘Experience’ no like it to dat – ascorden to Trip Advisor website. Ongle seven smaddy write wa dem tink bout Outameni. One seh ‘excellent’; two seh ‘very good’; two seh ‘average’; one seh ‘poor’; an one seh ‘terrible’.

‘A RIP-OFF, A SCAM, A SHAME’

outameniHear wa di ‘terrible’ smaddy seh: “The $36 admission price per person is the first red flag. The attraction had hoped to take visitors through the “History of Jamaica”, and that it does…. [sic] As a High School Project for “Jamaica Day”, [sic] but to invite the public to come and pay US$ 36.00 is a rip-off, a scam, a shame. At $10-$15, it may be more palatable, and get more visitors.”

Dis a wa di ‘excellent’ smaddy seh: “During a recent visit to Jamaica, some friends of mine who live on the island took me [on the] Outameni Experience. I was amazed and moved at what I saw – especially as the daughter of a Jamaican father. I cried and laughed and danced and felt so connected to my culture. It was an awesome experience and a must see for everyone!” Look like da woman ya never ha fi pay di 36 dollar.

Di ‘terrible’ smaddy mek one good point: “I did note that although 2 Cruise ships were docked in Montego Bay, and 2 Mega Cruise ships were docked in Falmouth, Outameni had only myself and a bus-load of pre-school children. And Pre-school, and primary school children is [sic] exactly what Outameni would most entertain. The Jamaican Ministry of Education should take note of this, and encourage more school visits … .”

So it look like seh Housing Trust buy Outameni fi set up school! Housing Trust money fi build house. Mek Trelawny people go walk bout Jamaica as dem please! Housing Trust can’t force nobody fi go a Outameni. It nah go work. Housing Trust a sell out poor people. Dat a one next “rip-off, a scam, a shame”. An wi a talk bout nuff-nuff more money than 36 dollar!

PRAPA-PRAPA SPELIN
Wa mek Govament tek puor piipl moni go bai Outameni? Dem no gat inof kraasiz? Dem waahn muor? Ouzn Chros kliem se dem bai Outameni fi bil op Trelawny. Di piipl dem we loki fi get Ouzn Chros ous no gat plenti plies fi go briiz out. So a dat mek Ouzn Chros ton tuor aparieta? Nuo sa!

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Castleton Gyaadn

No get mi rang. A no ongl farina fi enjai wi nais-nais konchri. Jamieka piipl supuozn fi waak bout aal bout fi wi uona yaad. Wen mi a pikni, a wan taim fi di ier wi go pan choch outnin! Wan taim! Wi lef Kingston go a Porto Seco biich. An if wi loki, wi go a Castleton gyaadn kopl taim. Nof a wi lef Jamieka gaan a farin an wi no nuo di uol a fi wi likl aislan. Dat wel bad.

The Outameni Experience did set op fi mek moni aafa di tuoris dem we kom a Falmouth pan kruuz ship. Bot Outameni neva get nof farin tuoris. An som a dem we du go fi di ‘Experience’ no laik it tu dat – azkaadn to Trip Advisor websait. Ongl sevn smadi write wa dem tingk bout ‘Outameni’. Wan se ‘excellent’; tuu se ‘very good’; tuu se ‘average’; wan se ‘poor’; an wan se ‘terrible’.

A RIP-OFF, A SCAM, A SHAME

Ier wa di ‘terrible’ smadi se: “The $36 admission price per person is the first red flag. The attraction had hoped to take visitors through the “History of Jamaica”, and that it does…. [sic] As a High School Project for “Jamaica Day”, [sic] but to invite the public to come and pay US$ 36.00 is a rip-off, a scam, a shame. At $10-$15, it may be more palatable, and get more visitors”.

Dis a wa di ‘excellent’ smadi se: “During a recent visit to Jamaica, some friends of mine who live on the island took me [on the] Outameni Experience. I was amazed and moved at what I saw – especially as the daughter of a Jamaican father. I cried and laughed and danced and felt so connected to my culture. It was an awesome experience and a must see for everyone!” Luk laik da uman ya neva ha fi pie di 36 dala.

Di ‘terrible’ smadi mek wan gud paint: “I did note that although 2 Cruise ships were docked in Montego Bay, and 2 Mega Cruise ships were docked in Falmouth, Outameni had only myself and a bus-load of pre-school children. And Pre-school, and primary school children is [sic] exactly what Outameni would most entertain. The Jamaican Ministry of Education should take note of this, and encourage more school visits … .”

So it luk laik se Ouzn Chros bai ‘Outameni’ fi set op skuul! Ouzn Chros moni fi bil ous. Mek Chrilaani piipl go waak bout Jamieka az dem pliiz! Ouzn Chros kyaahn fuors nobadi fi go a Outameni. It naa go work. Ouzn Chros a sel out puor piipl. Dat a wan neks “rip-off, a scam, a shame”. An wi a taak bout nof-nof muor moni dan 36 dala!

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Why has the Government used poor people’s money to buy Outameni? Don’t they have enough troubles? They want more? The Housing Trust claims that they bought Outameni to develop Trelawny’s infrastructure. Those people who are lucky enough to get a house through the Housing Trust don’t have a lot of entertainment venues in the parish.  So that’s why the  Housing Trust has gone into the business of operating tours? No, no!

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Falmouth

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not only foreigners who should enjoy our beautiful country. Jamaicans should take in all the sights. When I was child,  we used to go on annual church outing!  Once a year!  Wi would go from Kingston to Porto Seco beach. And if we were lucky, we would go to Castleton Gardens a few times. Lots of us have travelled abroad and we haven’t been to all the parishes of our small island.  That’s a real shame.

‘The Outameni Experience’ was set up to make money off cruise ship passengers coming into Falmouth. But Outameni didn’t attract that many foreign tourists. And some of them who did go for the ‘Experience’ didn’t like it all that much – according to the Trip Advisor website. There are only seven comments about Outameni. There’s one ‘excellent’; two ‘very good’; two ‘average’; one ‘poor’; and one ‘terrible’.

‘A RIP-OFF, A SCAM, A SHAME’

Here’s the ‘terrible’ comment: “The $36 admission price per person is the first red flag. The attraction had hoped to take visitors through the “History of Jamaica”, and that it does…. [sic] As a High School Project for “Jamaica Day”, [sic] but to invite the public to come and pay US$ 36.00 is a rip-off, a scam, a shame. At $10-$15, it may be more palatable, and get more visitors.”

Here’s the ‘excellent’ comment: “During a recent visit to Jamaica, some friends of mine who live on the island took me [on the] Outameni Experience. I was amazed and moved at what I saw – especially as the daughter of a Jamaican father. I cried and laughed and danced and felt so connected to my culture. It was an awesome experience and a must see for everyone!” It looks as if this woman didn’t have to pay the 36 dollar entrance fee.

4038221-7476578304-35885The person who gave the ‘terrible’ review did make a good point: “I did note that although 2 Cruise ships were docked in Montego Bay, and 2 Mega Cruise ships were docked in Falmouth, Outameni had only myself and a bus-load of pre-school children. And Pre-school, and primary school children is [sic] exactly what Outameni would most entertain. The Jamaican Ministry of Education should take note of this, and encourage more school visits … .”

So it seems as if the Housing Trust has bought Outameni to set up a school!  Housing Trust funds are to be used to build houses. Let Trelawny residents tour Jamaica as they please! The Housing Trust can’t force anyone to visit Outameni. That can’t work. The Housing Trust is selling poor people short. That’s another “rip-off, a scam, a shame”. And we’re talking about far more than 36 dollar!

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2 thoughts on “‘Outameni’ One Next Crosses

  1. The Outameni Experience is a flap and we all know that, so why the fuss about this. The money could be spent much better doing something much more productive. My heads under the water but I am breathing fine you might say but this is a total pollution of government business with this useless acquisition. How will we as a country benefit from this impasse? We are already dirt poor and have nothing in our kitty but we are putting ourselves into further problems with this acquisition. The board should resign and put poor people money to the development of the infrastructures it was designed to do. The National Housing Trust is in a sad state and the prime minister need to come out clear and sent the right signal to the wider populace to see some sign of hope.

    How will we benefit from these monies when we have only the big man who is taking away our lots. Lennie Little White should be ashamed of himself in his white people speech. Where does colour comes into this when poor people are suffering and need a little shelter. I am tar black and I want people to understand that not every white people are not good. We have some who would die for the black race so we cannot make hasty generalizations which are non productive. But I tend to agree too that the majority are doing the exploitation we are hiding from. We cannot spread hate it is the wrong precedence we are setting for posterity generations.

  2. So sad indeed to cater to folks on a cruise ship who step off the big boat to buy souvenirs not often even made in Jamaica. They really do not get a chance to see the real Jamaica, just want to hop back on the boat to party more and get to the next island stop as they cruise around the Caribbean. I agree with what you say that few Jamaicans get a chance to see the beautiful island and diversity from one coast to the next. I love your island and always take a road trip to experience the various terrain, climate, flora and fauna. I often bring a Jamaican friend who tell me they haven’t been to such and such place. You are also right about sharing the Outameni exhibit for school aged children. The one Trip Advisor comment written by the daughter of a Jamaican tells how much it meant for her to see her heritage celebrated, Make it worth something to the young ones coming up …..

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