Blakka Ellis Salutes Edna Manley College Valedictorian For “Creative Courage”

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University Lecturer and Comedian, Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis, is saluting the valedictorian of the 2019 graduating class of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts. 

The Theatre and Dance student, Waldane Walker, brought the Jamaican Language into focus when he used a Jamaican expletive to praise his fellow graduates.

In a 28-second video that went viral on social media, Walker congratulated his fellow graduates, telling them to ‘big up uno B-C self’.

Mr Ellis, who’s a lecturer at the institution, saluted the valedictorian for what he described as his creative courage in pulling off an extremely disruptive moment. 

He’s also comparing Mr Walker’s bravery to that displayed by cultural icon, Miss Lou, when she started to use the Jamaican language on stage. 

Mr Ellis says some stakeholders are calling for Mr Walker to apologize publicly. 

Owen ‘Blakka’ Ellis, Comedian and Lecturer at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5 with Cliff Hughes and Tyrone Reid. 

Meanwhile, Senior Lecturer in the Linguistics Department at the University of West Indies, Dr. Joseph Farquharson, says he understands the valedictorian’s use of the Jamaican expletive.

Dr. Joseph Farquharson, Senior Lecturer in the Linguistics Department at the University of West Indies, speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5



Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.


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