Bmobile Re-awakens Spirit of Liberty for Emancipation Day

Port of Spain, Trinidad - On Wednesday July 28, bmobile celebrated an important part of T&T history with its annual Emancipation Day Function. This year’s national theme was “Re-Awakening the Spirit of Liberty,” symbolised by the use of the Fawohodie, originally created by the Akan people of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The Fawohodie is an ideal symbol as it can mean independence, freedom or emancipation. Bmobile decided to adopt this theme for its event, which was held at the TSTT Laventille Work Centre, 122-124 Eastern Main Road from 5–7 pm. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago declared August 1 Emancipation Day in 1985 to observe the historical significance of the freedom of the African slaves. Trinidad and Tobago became the first country in the world to declare a national holiday to commemorate the abolition of slavery and emancipation of slaves. For this year’s event, bmobile decided to “go back to its roots.” In 1996, the telecommunications company hosted its first Emancipation Day Function at the same venue in Laventille. At that time, the event was called “Ashaki Ashaki,” meaning “Beautiful, Beautiful.” This year’s event included presentations of music, song and dance as well as poetry readings, a fashion show and much more. The Emancipation Day Function was entirely staffed and presented by the dedicated employees of bmobile. The show was a tribute to them and to an event crucial to the shaping of our nation.


The Wasa Foli drummers combine dance and drumming at bmobile’s Emancipation Day Function.

Edgill Messiah, TSTT’s Vice President – Human Resources and Administration, hands the prize for best African dress to Dawn Solomon, Manager of the company’s Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).