Our Stories

Our Stories

The inspirational stories of Jamaicans in business. Our Stories is intended to highlight and promote the positive in challenging and life-altering experiences.

In 2010, the devoted mother gathered all her daughter’s belongings and rushed her to the airport to catch a flight destined for the United States of America. The child’s father, who is also a Jamaican entertainer, had successfully filed...

When I sat down with the fusion artiste, he explained how a personal decision by each resident led to the restoration of peace in a troubled residential area in Kingston. 1.Why did the violence end between Sherlock and Brook Valley?...

In this installment of Our Stories, Dancehall artiste, Real Verb shares why he has lived in Jamaica’s 14 parishes.

Meet Fabian "Young Garvey" Findley                     So how did the record label start in prison? Mi decide seh when mi reach back a my country, mi aguh tek on di music ‘cause mi a changed person. In prison in America you’re allowed...

When I sat down to have a chat with Jaquin, he shared his vision of a better Dancehall culture with less clashes among artistes. "All blank dem buss and dem tings deh. Yuh know some lickle chune yuh know seh...

Meet Jaovaughn "Fraze" Ball In 2008, his brother, Don Smith, who worked as a bus conductor was shoved off a moving bus after engaging in a heated exchange with his co-workers. He died on impact. Jaovaugn, who was completing his...

Meet Alistair “Alex” McIntoshIn 2012, he decided to prematurely end his tenure at the University College of the Caribbean (UCC) when he realised that his parents were struggling to pay his fees. Other first year students faced with similar...

Meet Jason "Diego Di Steppa" Fuller  Jason understood at any early age that family was not limited to mother, father and siblings. Born to a young mother, he was sent to live with his grandparents in Spanish Town to enjoy...

Meet Lennox “Villa Flamez” Hales Long before he learnt how to spell violence, Lennox could easily spot the barrel of a gun, he painfully witnessed his neighbours being laced with gunshots and learnt how to “duck” from stray bullets. For...

Our Stories is a feature which sheds light on a real, social issue in Jamaica through the inspirational stories of Jamaicans with lived experiences. Are you a Jamaican with a story to share? Contact us ourstoriesja@gmail.com.

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“The time will pass anyway.  You can either spend it creating the life you want or spend it living the life you don’t want. ...