Jamaica’s finance minister, Dr. Nigel Clarke, does not rule out placing the likeness of cultural figures such as Bob Marley and Usain Bolt in the Jamaican currency “subject to a higher rating” in the future, and if these cultural figures are so inclined that their image and likeness are used in banknotes.
Dr.’s comment Clarke was shared on Friday during a news story on Radio Jamaica. Her statements come as a result of complaints from members of the public, most notably veteran Dancehall Hype selector Foota Hype about Marley’s absence from the large number of notes announced last week.
However, the minister, explaining why the government did not consider the placement of “other significant national figures” in the new updated series of Jamaican banknotes, and a new $ 2,000 banknote, which will enter into circulation later this year, he said the move is not as easy as it sounds.
“The process of getting someone on a ticket is quite long. You have to do permits and so on and not everyone wants to be necessarily into something commercial like a ticket,” Dr. Clarke.
The minister may have been referring to Rastafarian Bob Marley, because no matter how rich he was, he was never ostentatious but humble and preferred simplicity and nature. Tuff Gong’s stance on money also seemed ambivalent.
“Does possession make you rich? I don’t have that kind of wealth. My wealth is life, forever, “Marley said in an interview when asked about his wealth and whether he had millions of dollars.
“Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your pursuit of happiness will never end; Your life is worth much more than gold; I have a BMW. But only because BMW means and The Wailers, and not because I need an expensive car; Money cannot buy life; Don’t win the world and lose your soul. Wisdom is better than silver and gold, ”he said, referring to money and wealth.
Following the announcement of the new banknotes, the executive director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI), Dr. Damien King, had complained that the images of Marley and Bolt were not in Jamaican currency.
“Politicians put politicians on banknotes as a way to market the idea that politicians are important. The idea that Donald Sangster, who was prime minister for less than 30 days, is more worthy of this iconization than Bob Marley, Usain Bolt or Mary Seacole is laughable, “said the former West Indian University professor.
Politicians put politicians on banknotes as a way to market the idea that politicians are important. The idea that Donald Sangster, who was prime minister for less than 30 days, is more worthy of this iconization than Bob Marley, Usain Bolt or Mary Seacole is simply laughable. pic.twitter.com/FmHAfAfN1c
– Damien King (@DamienWKing) March 10, 2022
Veteran music selector Foota Hype, in an Instagram diatribe, had attacked Prime Minister Andrew Holness and opposition leader Mark Golding, condemning them for putting what he described as “four white men” in the notes. older and omit Bob Marley.
However, there has been no comment from the Marley or Bolt family regarding its placement in the Jamaican currency. Your express permission should be sought so that your images can be put into the money.
Foota especially criticized the placement of former prime ministers Michael Manley and Edward Seaga on the coin, arguing that they were known to be the perpetrators of armed violence in Jamaica, leading to the infamous bloody 1980 general election. which resulted in more than 800 Jamaicans. assassinated, in a conflict influenced by political ideology.
“They don’t respect music enough to put Bob Marley in the money. They’re putting Michael and Seaga who are two bad guys, who are the two who made the arms business in Jamaica evolve! Photos called.” I’m just telling the truth. Michael Manley and Edward Seaga are responsible for the gun phenomenon in Jamaica! “
“Why doesn’t Bob Marley have money? A Bob Marley creates peace. A Bob Marley war stop. A Bob Marly carries Brand Jamaica guh all ova di world!”
Foota said that along with Bob Marley, politicians had also disrespected Pan-Africanist Mosiah Garvey by putting him in one of the lowest denominations, after all the work the two men did to empower blacks throughout the country. world.
“The two men are fighting for the empowerment of blacks and the rise of blacks around the world. Dem man deh nuh ungle war fi Jamaica. world, “he argued.
“Bob Marley has money. A Marcus Garvey has made an important note that he uses every day!” He added.
He then renewed his criticism of politicians for not making Bob Marley a national hero, but they were using his image to promote tourism.
“Everything now can even set Bob Marley as a national hero or put him in with money, but he won’t use it outside the airport when there’s a tourist … inna wi business,” he said.