Sign in
Download Opera News App



Jamaica's compulsory participation in sports is legendary. Did you know Jamaica is actually monarch?

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean sea. It is estimated as the third largest of the Caribbean islands after Cuba and Hispaniola islands. It's capital is known as Kingstone.

Jamaica has mainly become a popular country due to its popular sports champions to the likes of Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world. Of cause, there has been many athletees like Elaine Thompson, Sherry Ann Fraser and also Yohan Blake. Rigorous training in sports throughout school is compulsory hence the many gold medals in the sports. The athletes above can affirm this. Jamaica also boosts of Champion Cricketers among them George Headlyn, Court Walsh and Chris Gayle. Jamaican cricketers are reknown as one of the most competitive teams in the world.

Though a small nation, Jamaica has had a strong global presence in the music industry. Reggae, ska, mento, rocksteady, dub and recently dancehall and raggae music genre are known to have their origin in the island.

Below is an artist Protoje .Some popular artists like Bob Marley, Sean Paul, Gregory Isaacs, Protoje, Peter Tosh, Beanie Man, Shaggy and many others are born here.

Some facts you need to know about Jamaica.

Jamaica is approximately 10990km² in area. Being a small island that sits along a hurricane belt, Jamaica is often hit by hurricanes.

Surprisingly, the most preferred religion is Christianity at 68% , of which 65% is protestantism. Rastafarianism is practiced by roughly 1.1% of the population ( estimated at 30,000 ) practice rastafarianism.

The above is a picture of a church in Jamaica.

The country's capital and the largest city is known as Kingstone Jamaica. The other city is Montego Bay and Jamaica is not a fully indipendent country . The official head of state is King Charles III . Amazingly, Kingstone harbour is named the 7th largest harbour in the world.

Contrary to what many Africans believe smoking marijuana (ganja) is illegal in public in the island. However, farming the herb for medicinal purposes is allowed. Smoking ganja is only allowed in various designated shrines. For it is considered to be for therapeutic reasons.

In the picture above is a tourist in Ocho Rios Jamaica.

The major tourist destinations in Jamaica include Doctors Cave Beach Club in Montego Bay, Blue mountains and Dunn's liver falls in Ocho Rios.

Sadly, Jamaica has had some of the highest murder rates in the world. According to UN stats some of the areas of Jamaica particularly the poor areas in Kingston and Montego bay experience alot of violence.

And finally the movie James Bond was inspired by a novelist Ian Fleming who lived in Jamaica. Flemings novels include live and let die and For your eyes only.Jamaican authors include H.G de lisserb, Roger Mais and Marlon James.

Further reading

Content created and supplied by: Astar254 (via Opera News )

Caribbean Cuba Jamaica Kingstone Sherry Ann Fraser


Load app to read more comments