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Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding says a great deal of Prof. Rex Nettleford’s life can never die. His work, Mr. Golding said includes the bridges he built to enable Jamaican’s minds to travel beyond self imposed boundaries, the confidence he inspired in Jamaicans, organisations he helped to build and his published works, writings and commentaries.
Mr. Golding who was giving a tribute to Prof. Nettleford today (Feb 16) at the official service of thanksgiving at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus in Kingston, described the cultural icon as one of the most talented researchers, conceptualisers and artistes.
Some of the organisations Prof. Nettleford helped to build are the National Dance Theatre Company, the Extra Mural department of the University of the West Indies which became the School of Continuing Studies, now the University’s fourth campus and the Trade Union Education Institute now renamed in honour of the late Hugh Lawson Shearer.
PM Golding said these organisations “must now carry on his (Prof. Nettleford) work with the same zeal with which he helped to build them.”
“The work and the legacy he has left us have helped to change our lives and enrich our existence and experience and provide us with a better understanding of how we must move forward as a people,” Mr. Golding said.