UK-based organization announces new Miss Wob Dwiyet & Ti Matador UK

Rianna Patterson (l) and Lara Joseph

Holding its 4th annual show on Saturday 2nd December, after being postponed from October 1st due to the devastation of Hurricane Maria, the UK-based youth-focused organisation, the Waitukubuli Culture and Tourism Initiative (WCTI) once again celebrated Dominica’s culture and heritage in a parade of Creole fashion and cultural engagement. The outgoing Miss Wob Alisha Laurent-Smart opened the event leading the way to an evening of fun and splendour.

The organisation and its signature event were launched in 2014 by Dr Violet Cuffy in an effort to address a major void in the UK for greater youth involvement with their Dominican history, heritage and culture.

Victorious on the night were: Ti Matador Lara Joseph (Centre) Miss Wob Dwiyet Rianna Patterson (left) and La Dame Creole Eshiva Wright (right). The crowd was also captivated by guest appearances from the winners of other UK pageant Mr & Miss West Indies UK; storyteller, Jane Grell and Slyvia Mitchell with a paleꞌ creole session among others.

La Dame Creole Eshiva Wright

The team at WCTI stand in solidarity with the government and people of Dominica in this time of difficulty and in so doing made a concerted effort this year to reach out international friends in promoting the culture of the Nature Isle. The members wish to send sympathies to all who have suffered loss of life, particularly to the staff of the Dominica Cultural Division and Dominica Broadcasting Radio Station at the sudden passing of Jacinta David and Kurt Matthew whose work directly and indirectly respectively have had an impact on Dominica’s heritage and culture.

Mis Wob Dwiyet flanked by two other ladies dressed in national wear

Next year’s event is scheduled to be held on October 6th 2018. We encourage young person and parents to be part of this initiative and wish to appeal to you to email: info@wcti.org.uk for more information or contact Dr Cuffy at 07932730391.

WCTI founder, Dr. Violet Cuffy (l)

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3 Comments

  1. Truth Be Told
    December 11, 2017

    We must think before we leap! The word “matador” like many other European words, along with some African words found its way into Dominica’s creole language. Similarly, this is the same is true of the vernacular of many West Indian countries and their languages, be they English, French, Spanish or Dutch. But what does the word “matador” mean; in its Arabic and Spanish origin it means killer or to kill. I know that in our ignorance we have accepted all things colonial as now cultural back on these West Indies island plantations, but I would not come up to the UK and label a little Black girl, a “matador”! The rest of the UK is not thinking Dominica’s culture when they hear this word. Instead, they are thinking the only living and vivid meaning that they know of and see in Spain of this word http://www.dictionary.com/browse/matador

  2. UKDominican
    December 10, 2017

    I don’t know Dr. cuffs’ organisation but at least she has a real Ph D.

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