Wa Warmington Know Bout Mark Golding Generation?

Two spelling systems are used for the Jamaican language below. The first, ‘Chaka-Chaka,’ is based on English spelling, which is notoriously irregular. The second, ‘Prapa-Prapa,’ is the consistent, 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

It look like seh Everald Warmington nuh know nutten bout Mark puppa, John Golding. Im a nuh bakra massa.  Im a bakra, yes.  Dat nuh mean seh im a massa.  Bakra a one dem word inna fi wi Jamaican language weh come straight from Africa. Ascorden to di Dictionary of Jamaican English, ‘backra’ or ‘buckra’ come from two language inna Nigeria:  Ibo an Efik. Fi dem word ‘mbakara’ mean “white man, he who surrounds or governs.”

Seet deh now!  A same so nuff a wi tink seh bakra mek fi rule wi. A dat mek di King a England a di head a fi wi country.  An wi still a go a fi dem Privy Council fi mek dem pass judgement pon wi.  A time fi dat done.  Yu see dem bakra from England weh did go all bout – north, south, east an west – seh dem a “rule the waves”!  Fi dem ship sink. Same lakka di Titanic.  An dem cyaan even rule demself, much more “the waves.”  Look how much prime minister dem have dis ya year! Three! An dem end up wid one Indian.    Nuff, nuff, nuff a dem bex so til. A long time Miss Lou did tell dem how it wuda go: “Colonization In Reverse.”

“FOREVER THANKFUL”

John Golding never come a Jamaica fi turn bakra massa over wi. Im come fi serve wi. Im did study orthopaedics. Dat a one a dem English word weh come from Greek.  Di ortho part mean straighten and paedics stand fi pikni.  Orthopaedics deal wid how yu body move. An a no ongle pikni body. Everybody! Six month after John Golding come ya inna 1953 fi teach a UC, polio bruck out.  Bout 1,500 smaddy ketch it.  It cripple dem.  Golding set up one programme fi help dem ketch up back demself. Inna 1957, one hell of a train crash a Kendal!  Bout 200 smaddy dead an more than 700 smaddy bruck hand, foot, all part a dem body.  A John Golding help nuff a dem get better.

Kendal Crash Site

Inna 2016, Mark Golding post one picture a im puppa pon FaceBook.  Yu kuda see how im proud a im:  “My Late Father, Professor the Hon. Sir John Golding, Jamaica’s first orthopaedic surgeon and founder of the Mona Rehabilitation Centre (Now the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre).” Ivy Romeo-Brown post,  “That’s your Dad!!!  Well!!!! He caused my second son to be able to wear a pair of shoes!! Not specially built!!!  So you have another like!!  Meaning he fixed some mal-formed toes!!”

Patricia Curniffe Cole post, “Your dad performed surgery to remove my dad leg after a motor vehicle accident more than 65 years ago. my dad also benefitted from Mona Rehab. My family is forever thankful!!!” Nuff-nuff a wi glad fi di whole heap a work weh John Golding did do fi mek life better fi so much a wi.  It nuh matter seh im never born ya.  An im pikni, Mark, weh born ya, a try im best fi do inna politics weh im puppa did do inna medicine: healing a di nation.

PRAPA-PRAPA SPELIN

It luk laik se Everald Warmington no nuo notn bout Mark pupa, John Golding. Im a no bakra maasa.  Im a bakra, yes.  Dat no miin se im a maasa.  Bakra a wan dem word ina fi wi Jamiekan langgwij we kom schriet fram Afrika. Azkaadn tu di Dictionary of Jamaican English, ‘backra’ ar ‘buckra’ kom fram tuu langwij ina Naijiiriya:  Ibo an Efik. Fi dem word ‘mbakara’ miin “white man, he who surrounds or governs.”

Sir John Golding (1921-1996)

Siit de nou!  A siem so nof a wi tingk se bakra mek fi ruul wi. A dat mek di King a Ingglan a di ed a fi wi konchri.  An wi stil a go a fi dem Privy Council fi mek dem paas jojment pan wi.  A taim fi dat don.  Yu si dem bakra fram Ingglan we did go aal bout – naat, sout, iis an wes – se dem a “rule the waves”!  Fi dem ship sink. Siem laka di Titanic.  An dem kyaahn iivn ruul demself, moch muor “the waves.”  Luk omoch praim minista dem av dis ya ier! Chrii!  An dem en op wid wan Indyan.    Nof, nof, nof, a dem beks so til. A lang taim Miss Lou did tel dem ou it wuda go: “Colonization In Reverse.”

“FOREVER THANKFUL”

John Golding neva kom a Jamieka fi ton bakra maasa uova wi. Im kom fi sorv wi. Im did stodi orthopaedics. Dat a wan a dem Ingglish word we kom fram Griik.  Di ortho paat miin straighten and paedics stan fi pikni.  Orthopaedics diil wid ou yu badi muuv. An a no ongl pikni badi. Evribadi! Siks mont aafta John Golding kom ya ina 1953 fi tiich a UC, puolyo bruk out.  Bout 1,500 smadi kech it.  It kripl dem.  Golding set op wan pruogram fi elp dem kech op bak demself. Ina 1957, wan el ev a chrien krash a Kendal!  Bout 200 smadi ded an muor dan 700 smadi bruk an, fut, aal paat a dem badi.  A John Golding elp nof a dem get beta.

Ina 2016, Mark Golding puos wan pikcha a im pupa pan FaceBook.  Yu kuda si ou im proud a im:  “My Late Father, Professor the Hon. Sir John Golding, Jamaica’s first orthopaedic surgeon and founder of the Mona Rehabilitation Centre (Now the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre).” Ivy Romeo-Brown puos,  “That’s your Dad!!!  Well!!!! He caused my second son to be able to wear a pair of shoes!! Not specially built!!!  So you have another like!!  Meaning he fixed some mal-formed toes!!”

Patricia Curniffe Cole puos, “Your dad performed surgery to remove my dad leg after a motor vehicle accident more than 65 years ago. my dad also benefitted from Mona Rehab. My family is forever thankful!!!” Nof-nof a wi glad fi di uol iip a work we John Golding did du fi mek laif beta fi so moch a wi. It no mata se im neva baan ya.  An im pikni, Mark, we baan ya, a chrai im bes fi du ina palitiks we im pupa did du ina medisn: iilin a di nieshan.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

What Does Warmington Know About Mark Golding’s Pedigree

It seems as if Everald Warmington doesn’t know a thing about Mark’s father, John Golding. He’s not bakra massa.  He’s bakra, yes.  That doesn’t mean he’s massa.  Bakra is one of those words in our Jamaican language that come straight from Africa. According to the Dictionary of Jamaican English, ‘backra’ or ‘buckra’ comes from two languages in Nigeria:  Ibo and Efik. Their word ‘mbakara’ means “white man, he who surrounds or governs.”

There you have it!  In the same way, a lot of us think bakra is entitled to rule us. That’s precisely why the King of England is the head of our country.  And we still keep the Privy Council as our final court of appeal. It’s time to end all that.  You see those bakra from England who went all about – north, south, east and west – claiming that they “rule the waves”!  Their ship has sunk. Just like the Titanic.  And they can’t even rule themselves, let alone “the waves.”  Just think about how many prime ministers they’ve had this year! Three! And they’ve ended up with an Indian.    A lot of them are so angry. A long time ago, Miss Lou told them what would happen: “Colonization In Reverse.”

“FOREVER THANKFUL”

John Golding didn’t come to Jamaica to become a bakra massa ruling us.  He came to serve us. He studied orthopaedics. That’s one of those English words that come from Greek.  The prefix ortho means straighten and paedics stands for child.  Orthopaedics deals with how your body moves. And it’s not only a child’s body. It’s everybody! Six months after John Golding came here in 1953 to teach at UC, a polio epidemic struck.  About 1,500 people caught the virus.  It crippled them.  Golding set up a programme to help them recover. In 1957, there was a hell of a train crash at Kendal!  About 200 people died and more than 700 suffered injuries – broken hands, feet, all parts of their body.  It was John Golding who helped many of them to heal.

Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre

In 2016, Mark Golding posted a picture of his father on FaceBook.  You could see how proud he was of him:  “My Late Father, Professor the Hon. Sir John Golding, Jamaica’s first orthopaedic surgeon and founder of the Mona Rehabilitation Centre (Now the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre).” Ivy Romeo-Brown posted,  “That’s your Dad!!!  Well!!!! He caused my second son to be able to wear a pair of shoes!! Not specially built!!!  So you have another like!!  Meaning he fixed some mal-formed toes!!”

Patricia Curniffe Cole posted, “Your dad performed surgery to remove my dad leg after a motor vehicle accident more than 65 years ago. my dad also benefitted from Mona Rehab. My family is forever thankful!!!” A lot of us appreciate all of the work John Golding did to make life better for so many of us.  It doesn’t matter that he wasn’t born here.  And his son, Mark, who was born here, is trying his best to do in politics what his father did in medicine: healing of the nation.

Mark Golding and his wife Sandra

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