Clementina “Ma Googoo” Abraham will join the list of Dominican centenarians when she celebrates her 100th birthday on March 8.
She presently resides in St. Thomas but she was born in Newtown on March 8, 1913.
Abraham, whose maiden name is Issac, attributes her long life to eating healthy and staying away from drugs, alcohol and partying.
Also named ‘Dada,’ Abraham never went to school since she was given the duty of taking care of a her siblings, all of whom are now deceased.
In Dominica Abraham grew her own food and raised animals for consumption.
“She told me she used to roast a fish called ‘Kah yee’ with the skin and guts and make a sauce with salt water and eat it,” Paul Alexander, President of Waseen Dominic Association of St. Thomas and St. John, told DNO.
During her life she bore 12 children, eight of whom are still alive.
Alexander noted that despite her age, Abraham still remains very active. She continues to do small chores such as washing dishes and is very alert.
“She always says that if she was still in Dominica she would still be walking to the shop to do her own groceries since it was very close to her home,” Alexander said.
One of her sons, Sylvester Abraham lives in Dominica. The others are Cynthia Abraham, Rosemary Abraham, Cyrilla Abraham, Maria Abraham, Clement Abraham, Errol Abraham and Cyril Abraham.
A birthday party will be held for Abraham on Saturday 9th March, 2013 in St. Thomas.