by Staff Writer
August 13, 2022
KINGSTON, Jamaica, Aug. 13, CMC – A recent poll has found that several Jamaicans are in favour of Robert Nesta Marley being named a national hero.
The RJRGleaner Don Anderson poll revealed that close to one third of Jamaicans are in favor of Marley or Louise Bennett Coverley, also known as “Miss Lou” being named national heroes.
Pollster Don Anderson posed the question of potential national heroes in a poll conducted among 1,113 Jamaicans across the island from July 16 to 26.
The poll found that 29 per cent of Jamaicans were in support of Marley being named a national hero.
Marley’s music is known worldwide and in 1999, the BBC proclaimed Bob Marley’s song One Love as the ‘Song of the Millennium’. He was also given the United Nation’s Peace Medal of the Third World.
The same percentage of people – 29 per cent, thought Miss Lou – Should be given that honour. Miss Lou has been recognised for her contribution to arts, culture and the appreciation of Jamaican creole.
Nine per cent of Jamaicans singled out track star Usain Bolt for the national honour and one per cent mentioned sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce.
According to Anderson, 27 per cent of those interviewed said they could not think of a new candidate to be named national hero.
Under the National Heroes and Awards Act, the Order of National Hero is presented by the Governor General on the advice of the Prime Minister.
An advisory committee is also required for the Order of National Hero.The committee can determine whether persons – living or dead – should get the title.
The Act describes a national hero as someone who was born in Jamaica or a citizen who has rendered to the country “service of the most distinguished nature”.
Jamaica currently has six heroes and one heroine.