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UWI's Kerston Millar Wakes Up Trinbago

For Release Upon Receipt - February 10, 2023

St. Augustine


Photo: Kerston Millar,National Junior Calypso Monarch Finalist 2023.Photo Credit: David Reid.

 The UWI St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. February, 10 2023 The University of the West Indies (The UWI) St Augustine Campus extends congratulations to first year Criminology student, Kerston Millar. His calypso, “Wake Up Trinbago!” earned him a spot as a finalist for the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) / First Citizen’s National Junior Calypso Monarch Competition 2023.

 Hailing from Signal Hill Tobago, Kerston has been singing for the past 12 years and  aspires to follow in the footsteps of Shurwayne Winchester. He is now one step closer to achieving his goal and is proud to be representing The UWI at the prestigious competition.

 When asked how he felt representing The UWI in the finals Kerston said, “I am ecstatic, given the opportunity once more to represent in the National Junior Calypso Monarch. I am happy not for the sake of competition, but my message through music can be heard.”

 He explains that this is an important call to ‘Wake Up Trinbago’, “… this rendition is an emotional calypso that calls for togetherness, unity and love. We as Trinibagonians need to look around and appreciate the beauty of our sister isles. It’s time for us to Wake Up, Trinibago.”

To Kerston, this is also chance for the youth of the nation to “speak up, perform and share their messages through music. Calypso lives on forever!” 

 The UWI community and general public are encouraged to come out and show support at the final round of competition to be held on Monday 13th February 2023 from 9 a.m. at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-Of-Spain.


 About The University of the West Indies

 The UWI has been and continues to be a pivotal force in every aspect of Caribbean development; residing at the centre of all efforts to improve the well-being of people across the region for the past 75 years.

 From a university college of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, The UWI is today an internationally respected, global university with near 50,000 students and five campuses: Monain Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and Tobago, Cave Hillin Barbados, Five IslandsinAntigua and Barbuda and itsOpen Campus, and global centres in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe.

 The UWI offers over 800 certificate, diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences, and Sport. As the Caribbean’s leading university, it possesses the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to confronting the critical issues of our region and wider world.

 The UWI has been consistently ranked among the top universities globally by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE). The UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to make the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018. In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean in the World University Rankings, it is also in the top 25 for Latin America and the Caribbean and the top 100 global Golden Age universities (between 50 and 80 years old).  The UWI is also featured among the leading universities on THE’s Impact Rankings for its response to the world’s biggest concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including Good Health and Wellbeing; Gender Equality and Climate Action.

 2023 marks The UWI’s 75th anniversary. The Diamond jubilee milestone themed “UWI at 75. Rooted. Ready. Rising.” features initiatives purposely designed and aligned to reflect on the past, confront the present, and articulate plans for the future of the regional University.

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