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
Usain BoltUsain Bolt
21 August 1986
Olympic athlete

Chris GayleChris Gayle
21 September 1979
Cricketer

Grace JonesGrace Jones
19 May 1948
Model

Marcus Mosiah Garvey JrMarcus Garvey
17 August 1887
Political leader

Ziggy MarleyZiggy Marley
17 October 1968
 
Sean PaulSean Paul
09 January 1973
Jamaican hip-hop artist

Sean KingstonSean Kingston
03 February 1990
Singer-songwriter

Rita MarleyRita Marley
25 July 1946
Singer
SpiceSpice
06 August 1982
Singer

Vybz KartelVybz Kartel
07 January 1976
Songwriter
Peter ToshPeter Tosh
19 October 1944
Reggae Musician

Cindy BreakspeareCindy Breakspeare
24 October 1954
Miss World 1976

Lee Boyd MalvoLee Boyd Malvo
18 February 1985
Serial killer

Andre RussellAndre Russell
29 April 1988
Cricketer

Madge SinclairMadge Sinclair
28 April 1938
Actress
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

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
Dillian WhyteDillian Whyte
11 April 1988
Boxer

Sarah CooperSarah Cooper
19 December 1977
Writer
Toots HibbertToots Hibbert
08 December 1942
singer

Uriah HallUriah Hall
31 July 1984
Mixed martial artist, Karateka, Kickboxer

Don ShirleyDon Shirley
29 January 1927
Composer
Damian MarleyDamian Marley
21 July 1978
Singer

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Jimmy CliffJimmy Cliff
01 April 1948
Singer, Actor, Music artist, Artist, Musician
Andrew HolnessAndrew Holness
22 July 1972
Politician

YellowmanYellowman
15 January 1956
Singer, Songwriter

Cedella MarleyCedella Marley
23 August 1967
Singer

Wes MorganWes Morgan
21 January 1984
Association football player
Ky-Mani MarleyKy-Mani Marley
26 February 1976
Actor, Singer, Film actor
Donovan RuddockDonovan Ruddock
21 December 1963
Boxer

Roy HibbertRoy Hibbert
11 December 1986
Basketball player

Maurice AshleyMaurice Ashley
06 March 1966
Author

Bunny WailerBunny Wailer
10 April 1947
Singer, Percussionist, Songwriter
Marcia BarrettMarcia Barrett
14 October 1948
Singer

Liz MitchellLiz Mitchell
12 July 1952
Singer

Yohan BlakeYohan Blake
26 December 1989
Sprinter, Athletics competitor

Courtney WalshCourtney Walsh
30 October 1962
Cricketer

Michael ManleyMichael Manley
10 December 1924
Politician
Shelly-Ann Fraser-PryceShelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
27 December 1986
Sprinter, Athletics competitor

Nanny of the MaroonsNanny of the Maroons
1686 AD
Resistance fighter
Shabba RanksShabba Ranks
17 January 1966
Musician, Singer

Jenna WolfeJenna Wolfe
26 February 1974
Journalist

Beenie ManBeenie Man
22 August 1973
Singer
Alexander BustamanteAlexander Bustamante
24 February 1884
Politician

Michael Lee-ChinMichael Lee-Chin
03 January 1951
Business Person
Burning SpearBurning Spear
01 March 1945
Singer

Darren MooreDarren Moore
22 April 1974
Football player

Gregory IsaacsGregory Isaacs
15 July 1951
Singer

Desmond DekkerDesmond Dekker
16 July 1941
Singer-songwriter

Portia Simpson-MillerPortia Simpson-Miller
12 December 1945
Politician
Asafa PowellAsafa Powell
23 November 1982
Sprinter, Athletics competitor

Ricardo FullerRicardo Fuller
31 October 1979
Association football player

Bilal PhilipsBilal Philips
07 January 1947
teacher, writer

Linton Kwesi JohnsonLinton Kwesi Johnson
24 August 1952
Poet
Super CatSuper Cat
25 June 1963
Singer, Disc jockey

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

Ken BootheKen Boothe
22 March 1948
Singer, Songwriter

Steve BucknorSteve Bucknor
31 May 1946
Cricket umpire, Association football referee
Tessanne ChinTessanne Chin
23 September 1985
singer

Bruce GoldingBruce Golding
05 December 1947
Politician
Merlene OtteyMerlene Ottey
10 May 1960
Sprinter, Athletics competitor

Bounty KillerBounty Killer
12 June 1972
Singer

Ini KamozeIni Kamoze
09 October 1957
Singer
Prince BusterPrince Buster
24 May 1938
Singer, Record producer, Composer

P. J. PattersonP. J. Patterson
10 April 1935
Politician, Lawyer
Willy WilliamWilly William
14 April 1981
DJ

Joseph HillJoseph Hill
22 January 1949
Singer

Leonard HowellLeonard Howell
16 June 1898
 

Sister NancySister Nancy
02 January 1962
Singer
SizzlaSizzla
17 April 1976
Singer
Barrington LevyBarrington Levy
30 April 1964
Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Tami ChynnTami Chynn
14 June 1984
Singer

Beres HammondBeres Hammond
28 August 1955
Musician

Louise Bennett-CoverleyLouise Bennett-Coverley
07 September 1919
Poet
AlborosieAlborosie
04 July 1977
Musician, Singer

Busy SignalBusy Signal
24 January 1982
singer

Augustus PabloAugustus Pablo
21 June 1954
Musician, Pianist, Record producer, Composer

Alton EllisAlton Ellis
01 September 1938
Singer-songwriter

Garnett SilkGarnett Silk
02 April 1966
Musician
Jah CureJah Cure
11 October 1978
Singer

Hugh ShearerHugh Shearer
18 May 1923
Politician
Precious WilsonPrecious Wilson
18 October 1957
Singer

Veronica Campbell-BrownVeronica Campbell-Brown
15 May 1982
Sprinter
Coxsone DoddCoxsone Dodd
26 January 1932
Record Producer
Sly DunbarSly Dunbar
10 May 1952
Musician