At this year’s National Honours and Awards ceremony, Jamaicans from all walks of life, such as musician Agent Sasco, sprint legend Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Olympian Shericka Jackson and actress Sheryl Lee Ralph were all recognised for their outstanding contributions to the country.
As the country celebrates National Heroes’ Day to commemorate the women and men who strived to ensure a future of freedom and liberty for Jamaican citizens, the nation honours their astounding accomplishments today during the presentation of the National Honours and Awards.
First implemented via The National Honours and Awards Act on July 18, 1969, the same year as Jamaica’s first National Heroes’ Day, the ceremony acknowledges individuals who, through their service and contributions, have made a substantial and lasting impact on the country.
Dancehall artiste Jeffrey Campbell, professionally known as Agent Sasco, was today honoured with the Order of Distinction at the rank of Commander (CD) for his outstanding contribution to music, philanthropy and a positive pro-social message to youth. Formerly known as Assassin, the 39-year-old has a successful musical career within the dancehall/reggae genre, spanning more than two decades.
For outstanding performance in the field of athletics at the international level, Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was conferred with the nation’s fifth-highest honour, the Order of Jamaica (OJ). The highly decorated athlete has amassed a total of three Olympic gold medals and four silver. After winning her fifth World Championship title earlier this year and her fifth Diamond League trophy in September, Fraser-Pryce was recently nominated female athlete of the year.
Likewise, Olympian Shericka Jackson, also a nominee for female athlete of the year and the fastest woman alive over the 200m, was awarded the Order of Distinction at the rank of Commander (CD). This honour was bestowed for her exceptional achievements in the sport of track and field athletics at the national, world championship, and Olympic levels.
Sheryl Lee Ralph was awarded the OJ for her contributions as an actress, Cultural Ambassador for Jamaica, and contributions to the International Film Industry. Ralph was born in the United States to Stanley Ralph and a Jamaican mother, Ivy Ralph. She became the first black woman in 35 years to win the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series award at the Emmys in 2022 for her role in the television series Abbott Elementary.
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