Wonder what is that common thing between Bob Marley, a spicy plat of Jerk Chicken, and rum? Jamaica, that is right! The crown of Caribbean attraction, revered as the “birthplace of reggae”, Jamaica has wooed and wowed the world for more reasons than anyone can fathom. While many love to stereotype the country as a musical powerhouse or foodies paradise, the true-blue Jamaican charm and attraction supersedes its admittedly awesome food, rum, music. You will be surprised to know that the otherwise hedonistic Jamaicans have brainchild some exciting inventions that we bet you had no idea belonged to this far-flung Caribbean land. Don’t quite believe so? Well, then read on. Did you know Jamaicans were the first to create a bio-engineered fruit? Or the first to identify Aedes Aegypti as the cause of dengue? Or they were the first to find a formulaic cure for prostate cancer? Discover all about some of Jamaica’s worthiest sons and daughters of soil in the biographies on famous Jamaicans. Their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts are worth your time and a read!
Bob MarleyBob Marley
06 February 1945
Singer-Songwriter
Madge SinclairMadge Sinclair
28 April 1938
Actress

Usain BoltUsain Bolt
21 August 1986
Olympic athlete

Grace JonesGrace Jones
19 May 1948
Model

Chris GayleChris Gayle
21 September 1979
Cricketer

Sean PaulSean Paul
09 January 1973
Jamaican hip-hop artist
Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
17 August 1887
Political leader

Lee Boyd MalvoLee Boyd Malvo
18 February 1985
Serial killer

Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley
17 October 1968
 
Peter ToshPeter Tosh
19 October 1944
Reggae Musician

Rita MarleyRita Marley
25 July 1946
Singer
Sean KingstonSean Kingston
03 February 1990
Singer-songwriter

Cindy BreakspeareCindy Breakspeare
24 October 1954
Miss World 1976

Vybz KartelVybz Kartel
07 January 1976
Songwriter

Andre RussellAndre Russell
29 April 1988
Cricketer

Trevor BerbickTrevor Berbick
01 August 1954
Boxer
Buju BantonBuju Banton
15 July 1973
Jamaican musician

Stamford RafflesStamford Raffles
06 July 1781
Former Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies

Lyriq BentLyriq Bent
15 July 1979
Actor

Claude McKayClaude McKay
15 September 1889
Writer
SpiceSpice
06 August 1982
Singer

OMIOMI
03 September 1986
Singer
Keyshia Ka'oirKeyshia Ka'oir
10 January 1985
Entrepreneur

Kasi BennettKasi Bennett
07 July 1990
Usain Bolt's Girlfriend

DJ AkademiksDJ Akademiks
17 May 1991
Entertainment Blogger, DJ, TV Host, YouTuber
Uriah HallUriah Hall
31 July 1984
Mixed martial artist, Karateka, Kickboxer

Dillian WhyteDillian Whyte
11 April 1988
Boxer
Don ShirleyDon Shirley
29 January 1927
Composer

Bunny WailerBunny Wailer
10 April 1947
Singer, Percussionist, Songwriter

Wes MorganWes Morgan
21 January 1984
Association football player
Damian MarleyDamian Marley
21 July 1978
Singer

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Liz MitchellLiz Mitchell
12 July 1952
Singer
Darren MooreDarren Moore
22 April 1974
Football player

Marcia BarrettMarcia Barrett
14 October 1948
Singer

Patrick ChungPatrick Chung
19 August 1987
American Football player

PepaPepa
09 November 1969
Rapper
Stephen MarleyStephen Marley
20 April 1972
Musician
Cedella MarleyCedella Marley
23 August 1967
Singer

Jimmy CliffJimmy Cliff
01 April 1948
Singer, Actor, Music artist, Artist, Musician

MarilynMarilyn
03 November 1962
Singer

Ky-Mani MarleyKy-Mani Marley
26 February 1976
Actor, Singer, Film actor
Stuart HallStuart Hall
03 February 1932
Sociologist

Roy HibbertRoy Hibbert
11 December 1986
Basketball player

Donovan RuddockDonovan Ruddock
21 December 1963
Boxer

Yohan BlakeYohan Blake
26 December 1989
Sprinter, Athletics competitor

Cedella Marley-BookerCedella Marley-Booker
23 July 1926
 
KoffeeKoffee
16 February 2000
Rapper

Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
27 December 1986
Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Lee PerryLee Perry
20 March 1936
Record Producer

YellowmanYellowman
15 January 1956
Singer, Songwriter

Dustin BrownDustin Brown
08 December 1984
Tennis player
Bishop Noel JonesBishop Noel Jones
31 January 1950
Pastor

Courtney WalshCourtney Walsh
30 October 1962
Cricketer
Shabba RanksShabba Ranks
17 January 1966
Musician, Singer

Andrew HolnessAndrew Holness
22 July 1972
Politician

Michael Lee-ChinMichael Lee-Chin
03 January 1951
Business Person

Michael ManleyMichael Manley
10 December 1924
Politician

Beres HammondBeres Hammond
28 August 1955
Musician
Jenna WolfeJenna Wolfe
26 February 1974
Journalist

Nanny of the MaroonsNanny of the Maroons
1686 AD
Resistance fighter

Burning SpearBurning Spear
01 March 1945
Singer

Asafa PowellAsafa Powell
23 November 1982
Sprinter, Athletics competitor
Toots HibbertToots Hibbert
08 December 1942
Singer

Gregory IsaacsGregory Isaacs
15 July 1951
Singer
Beenie ManBeenie Man
22 August 1973
Singer

Desmond DekkerDesmond Dekker
16 July 1941
Singer-songwriter

Sarah CooperSarah Cooper
19 December 1977
Writer
Bilal PhilipsBilal Philips
07 January 1947
teacher, writer

Ini KamozeIni Kamoze
09 October 1957
Singer
Steve BucknorSteve Bucknor
31 May 1946
Cricket umpire, Association football referee

Maurice AshleyMaurice Ashley
06 March 1966
Author

Dennis BrownDennis Brown
01 February 1957
Singer
Millie SmallMillie Small
06 October 1946
Singer

Marlon JamesMarlon James
1970 AD
novelist, writer
Merlene OtteyMerlene Ottey
10 May 1960
Athlete

Tessanne ChinTessanne Chin
23 September 1985
singer

Bounty KillerBounty Killer
12 June 1972
Singer

Alexander BustamanteAlexander Bustamante
24 February 1884
Politician
Super CatSuper Cat
25 June 1963
Singer, Disc jockey
MavadoMavado
30 November 1981
singer

Linton Kwesi JohnsonLinton Kwesi Johnson
24 August 1952
Poet

Jeremie Dwayne LynchJeremie Dwayne Lynch
24 March 1991
 

Barrington LevyBarrington Levy
30 April 1964
Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Prince BusterPrince Buster
24 May 1938
Singer, Record producer, Composer

Luther BlissettLuther Blissett
01 February 1958
Association football player

Leonard HowellLeonard Howell
16 June 1898
 

Sister NancySister Nancy
02 January 1962
Singer

Portia Simpson-MillerPortia Simpson-Miller
12 December 1945
Politician
Eek-a-MouseEek-a-Mouse
19 November 1957
 

Elephant ManElephant Man
11 September 1975
 
SizzlaSizzla
17 April 1976
Singer

Garnett SilkGarnett Silk
02 April 1966
Musician
Precious WilsonPrecious Wilson
18 October 1957
Singer
Ricardo FullerRicardo Fuller
31 October 1979
Association football player