DOCTA P: On Sunday, Jamaica’s first female head of government, PM Portia Simpson-Miller, was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service by the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) in Manchester, during a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2012. In the photo above, the Prime Minister is robed by the university’s registrar Avery Thompson. Simpson-Miller said it was an honour to accept the degree, which she has dedicated to the people of Jamaica. In her keynote address, the PM challenged the graduates to lead the change wherever they are placed, noting that Jamaica needs more leaders who are prepared to not only develop themselves but also build their communities and by extension the country. (Sharing the proud moment are NCU President, Dr. Trevor Gardner, and Vice President - Academic Administration, Dr. Marilyn Anderson).
THE STRONG ONE: Expectant mom Etana is a working girl to the end. The powerhouse songstress, who recently revealed to fans that she has a bun in the oven (her second child), flew to Kenya last weekend to thrill fans at a massive sold-out concert. Twitter sources tell TALLAWAH that Etana was in her magical element and the attentive patrons couldn’t get enough. “The people were amazing,” admits Etana, “from Sankara hotel to the streets, to the market, to the radio station, amazing people full of heart, love and vibes.” While anticipating the birth of her baby later this year, the singer is also set to deliver her third solo album, A Better Tomorrow, due out in early 2013.