Reverend Anthea Carmichael, Vicar of St Catherine’s Church, Neasden, who is of Grenadian descent, has led the opening prayer at a London Gala celebrating the nation of Grenada.
The Grenadian Prime Minister’s Gala, which took place on Saturday, showcased the talent and achievements of Grenadians living in the UK, highlighting the historical ties between the two nations. The event began with a prayer from Reverend Carmichael, demonstrating the importance of faith to the Grenadian community, before the Prime Minister of Grenada, The Honourable Dickon Mitchell gave his keynote speech.
The event brought together Grenadians across a variety of fields including art, literature, music and business. Attendees included ministers, ambassadors, high commissioners and business leaders, with live performances from a variety of Grenadian singers and bands including the Metronomes Steel Orchestra and Saxman Justyn.
Born and raised in Southall, West London, Reverend Carmichael is the daughter of two Grenadians who moved to the UK. Her heritage has played an important role in shaping her worldview and ministry, with a deep appreciation for her family roots and British identity.
Reverend Carmichael said:
“I am humbled and honoured to have led the prayer at the Prime Minister’s UK Gala for Grenada. As the daughter of two Grenadians and someone who embodies the fusion of two distinct cultures, this event held great significance in celebrating a sense of belonging for the Grenadian community in the UK.
“Faith has played an essential role in uniting both British and Grenadian communities, and through prayer we can embrace our shared values and aspirations.”
Roy McEwen, Chair of the UK Gala Committee commented:
“Reverend Anthea Carmichael’s presence symbolises the strong bonds second and third generation Grenadians have with Grenada and the untapped power of individuals to bridge cultures. This event is a celebration of shared heritage and a testament to the contributions of Grenadian individuals like Reverend Carmichael to the UK and Grenada.“
Those in attendance also included:
Bishop Lusa Nsenga Ngoy, Bishop of Willesden
Stephanie Ajayi, adviser to the Diocese of London’s Racial Justice Priority Group
Joseph Andall, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Export and Trade Department, Government of Grenada
Racher Croner, High Commissioner
Andrea St Bernard, Trade Ambassador
Terence Forrester, Ambassador for Diaspora Affairs
Professor Gus John, campaigner for children’s education rights/ visiting professor and activist for civil rights
Kwame Kwei Armah OBE, British actor, playwright, artistic director of the Young Vic, London