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Pride of Barbuda

We recently quoted Emma Lewis (blogger at Petchary’s Blog), writing on Simply Antigua Barbuda, about the fact that Barbuda has the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the western hemisphere. Here is a little more information about the sanctuary: The Antigua and Barbuda blog reports: Barbuda’s Frigate Bird Sanctuary is located in the island’s northwestern lagoon and is […]

via Barbuda’s Frigate Bird Sanctuary — Repeating Islands

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A & B Arts Round-up February 20th 2017 —>

March 11th 2017 –


Events page here.


February 22nd and other Wednesdays –  Captain’s Monthly Wine Tasting at the Captain’s Quarters Restaurant & Bar in Falmouth brings together wine and poetry lovers. Resident poets include Glen Toussaint and Marseilla Jardine among others. Tasting from 7 – 8 p.m., Open mic starts at 8 p.m. Call 562-7159 or 460-1036 for details.

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A & B Artistes in International Soca Finals


Throwback photo of Tizzy during Antigua’s Carnival (file photo/Joanne C. Hillhouse)

Ricardo Drue and Tanzania “Tizzy” Sebastian have secured final positions in the International Soca Monarch competition.

Last Friday, it was announced on the competition’s Facebook page that both local artistes had advanced from the semi-finals to the finals, along with 18 others from across the region to include Blaxx, Iwer George and Farmer Nappy out of Trinidad & Tobago, and Peter Ram from Barbados.

Ricardo Drue has made an appeal to the public to support both artistes going into the finals via social media and any other possible way. Read more.


Quick Facts

Lead vocalist El A Kru
Birth Name Tanzania Sebastian
From Greenbay, Antigua
Breakthrough/Biggest hit ‘Expose’
Awards include International Soca Awards as Best New Female Soca Artiste, Female Soca Performer of the Year, and Favourite Uptempo Soca Female
In 2016 inked a 3-year distribution deal with VP Records
Joined the Roy Cape All Stars for T & T Carnival 2017
2017 marks her third trip to the International Soca Finals
She has performed on international stages the US to Belgium to China always waving the Antiguan Barbudan flag, literally

Ricardo Drue
Former member of all-male vocal and dance group Crossovah
Birth Name Ricardo Barriteau
From Fort Road, Antigua, grew up in Trinidad
Hit song ‘Vagabond’ featured in the video for Nas Album Done by Nas and DJ Khaled (2016)
Digicel Brand Ambassador & Antigua and Barbuda Cultural Ambassador
Last won Antigua’s Groovy Monarch title with 2016’s ID (Stamp Yuh Name)
Last won Antigua’s Jumpy Monarch title in 2015
Placed second in the International Soca Monarch competition with ‘Vagabond’ in 2015
Won back-to-back Antigua Jumpy Monarch twice (2014, 2015)
Has worked with Imij and Company and Roy Cape All Stars
Father of four

The story is Observer’s, the bottom image is taken from and links back to the International Soca Awards facebook page, the top picture and the quick facts research by Joanne C. Hillhouse – respect the hustle. All Rights Reserved.

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The Other Daughter

Re new fictional publication, The Other Daughter in Adda, an online publication of the Commonwealth Writers organization in the UK. Thought I’d blog the journey to publication of this particular piece as part of my blog’s mission to share the ins and outs of #TheWritingLife *** I’m always writing. The Other Daughter is one of […]

via Adda Mi Seh: Journey to Publication (The Other Daughter) — jhohadli

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Mailbox – National Youth Awards (Results!)

ink-awardCongrats to Spilling Ink, first of all, for winning the literary prize. Spilling Ink, for those who don’t know, is an Antiguan and Barbudan arts collective that in just two years has two self-published books (Ashes: a Broken Inception and Ashes: the Continuum) and a live art project (the Ink Project) blending visual and performance art – among other performances to its credit. The collective is made up of past Wadadli Pen finalist Olsfred James, along with Gloreen Lake and Mikhail Simmonds. We wish them continued experimentation and success.

See the press release from the Department of Youth Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda for full details re all the winners.

On February 5th, 2017, the Department of Youth Affairs held it’s 2016 Antigua and Barbuda National Youth Awards at Casa Palmadita in Fitches Creek at 5:00 pm. The event was held to recognize a number of youth who performed exceptionally in a number of fields in Antigua and Barbuda. Corporate entities with a track record of contributions to the field of youth development were also recognized. In all, 24 awards were handed out with assistance from the Governor General of Antigua and Barbuda, His Excellency Sir Rodney Williams, as well as the Minister of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development, the Honourable Samantha Marshall. The crowd was also entertained by performances from Jamaal Gordon, Daina Barnes, and Heavenly Steps Extravaganza Dance School. The MC’s for the evening were Alajandra Robinson and Jessie Fyah, while the keynote speech was delivered by past youth awardee Michael Joseph.

awardeesThe 2016 awardees included:

Education Award (Top National Assessment Student): Emmanuelle Chiddick

Education Award (Top CSEC Student): Akaani Simon

Education Award (Top CAPE Student): Terrikia Benjamin*
Young Sportswoman Award: Joella Lloyd

Young Sportsman Award: Khalique St. Jean
Young Media Practitioner: Donna-Marie McIntosh
Performing Arts and Culture Award: Ayana Dorsette

Performing Arts and Culture Award: Richard Charles
Young Farmer of the Year: Glenson Goodwin

Youth Literary Art Award: Spilling Ink
Tourism Management Award – Matara Murphy

Tourism Service Award – Kendra Beazer
Young Entrepreneur: Sonali Andrews

Community Service Award: Nolan Hue
Young Professional (Male): Ragi Burton

Young Professional (Female): Nneka Hull James
Barbuda’s Youth Award: Sirriyah Bailey
The Minster’s Award: Regis Burton

The Corporate Awards:

Epicurean Fine Foods

Antigua Yacht Club and Marina Resort

Hadeed Motors

Scotia Bank

The Department of Youth Affairs Special Awards:

The Source Clothing Company*

Troy Watkins (Sugar Apple Catering)


*Terrikia Benjamin is also a past Wadadli Pen finalist & the Source is one of our past patrons.

Congrats to all the winners.

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Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge Patrons

Wanted to take a minute to bump this up, because we couldn’t do anything we do without the support of our patrons. So we want to say thank you and encourage you to support the individuals and businesses that support the arts. This 2017 cycle that list includes (but is not limited to):
Art. Culture. Antigua
The Best of Booksthank-you

the Cushion Club of Antigua and Barbuda
the Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank (ECAB)
Frank B. Armstrong/Seven Seas
Jane Seagull (artist)
Joanne C. Hillhouse (author)
Juneth Webson
Raw Island Products
Sweet Dreams

More about all named patrons and their relationship to Wadadli Pen after the jump.

And, yes, there’s still time to get on board if you are an individual or business wishing to support the Wadadli Pen 2017 Challenge Season. Just email us at

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“Did You Know?  With its anthro- root, philanthropy means literally “love of mankind”. Thus, philanthropy is giving money for a purpose or cause benefiting people who you don’t personally know. Individuals have often set up their own permanent philanthropic organizations in the form of foundations. The greatest American philanthropists have included Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, Andrew Carnegie, and John D. Rockefeller, but tens of millions of us could be considered philanthropists on a much smaller scale.” – Merriam-Webster
This page is our acknowledgment and thanks of our philanthropists right here in Antigua and Barbuda, and its diaspora, who continue to show their love during the season of giving which always precedes the Wadadli Pen Challenge season (which launches in January) by pledging to support our efforts. At Wadadli Pen, when it comes to our annual Challenge, we’ve always operated by the principle that likkle likkle…

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February 9, 2017 · 6:53 pm

Wadadli Pen Deadline Approaching!

Are your entries in?


Remember to check the Wadadli Pen 2017 tab for submission details.

And big up to our 2017 Patrons::support the businesses that support the arts.

For more about Wadadli Pen, go here.



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