RE-CONNECTION: ’Jamaica Roots’ seeks to woo diaspora

Author:  Edited from JIS
A competition aimed at strengthening Jamaican Americans’ connection to their homeland has been launched.

Marks podiumJamaica’s U.S. Ambassador Audrey Marks announced “Jamaica Roots”, which began last month and is scheduled to run through Feb. 4, 2018. It will feature monthly draws on Facebook Live.

According to Marks, the competition is about reconnecting to Jamaican heritage and culture and is aimed at Jamaicans who were born in Jamaica, but moved to the U.S. without returning.

“Jamaica Roots”, she added, will offer a chance to reconnect Jamaican Americans and their children, grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, allowing them to learn more about the Caribbean nation country their family originated from.


Under the pilot program, winners will receive one week free accommodation at a hotel or live with a family member in Jamaica, travel the island on guided tours, visit and learn about their family history, and experience life in the community of their roots. Marks also explained that the aim of the program is to bring Jamaica’s diaspora back to Jamaica as a second home to invest time, talents and resources to boost the country’s development.

 To be eligible, each applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years old at the time of travel
  • Have Jamaican roots (able to prove themselves a citizen, or the child, grandchild, great grandchild, great, great grandchild of a citizen)
  •  Have a valid passport and
  • Have lived outside Jamaica for 10 years or more.

Entries can be submitted at: Rules and requirements can also be found on Facebook @AmbassadorMarks.