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Famous people from Guyana

Here is a list of famous people from Guyana. Curious if anybody from Guyana made it our most famous people in the world list? Read the aformentioned article in order to find out.

Eddy Grant

Musical Artist

Edmond Montague "Eddy" Grant is a Guyanese British musician. The Allmusic journalist Jo-Ann Greene noted: "Eddy Grant stands among an elite group of artists as one who has not just merely moved successfully across the musical spectrum, but has actually been at the forefront of genres and even created one of his own. From pop star to reggae radical, musical entrepreneur to the inventor of ringbang, the artist has cut a swath through the world of music and made it his own."

Red Café

Hip hop Artist

Jermaine Denny, better known as his stage name Red Café, is an American rapper. He was born to Afro-Guyanese parents and is signed to Akon's Konvict Muzik, Diddy's Bad Boy Records and Ciroc Entertainment and DJ Clue's Desert Storm label.

C. C. H. Pounder


Carol Christine Hilaria Pounder, known professionally as C. C. H. Pounder, is a Guyanese-born American film and television actress. She has appeared in numerous films, made-for-television films, television miniseries and plays, and has made guest appearances on notable television shows. From 2002 to 2008, she starred as Detective Claudette Wyms in the FX Networks police drama The Shield. In 2009, she starred as Mo'at in James Cameron's film Avatar. She currently appears in recurring roles as Irene Fredric on the TV series Warehouse 13, and DA Tyne Patterson on the TV series Sons of Anarchy.

Mad Professor

Dub Artist

Mad Professor is a Guyanese dub music producer and engineer known for his original productions and remix work. He is considered one of the leading producers of dub music’s second generation and was instrumental in transitioning dub into the digital age. He has collaborated with reggae artists such as Lee "Scratch" Perry, Sly and Robbie, Pato Banton, Jah Shaka and Horace Andy, as well as artists outside the realm of traditional reggae and dub, such as Sade, Massive Attack, The Orb, and Brazilian DJ Marcelinho da lua.

Ezekiel Jackson


Rycklon Stephens is a Guyanese bodybuilder and professional wrestler. He is signed in WWE working under the ring name Ezekiel Jackson. Stephens is a one-time world champion, having won the ECW Championship in February 2010, and is recognized by WWE as the final ECW Champion. He is also a one-time Intercontinental Champion.

Clive Lloyd

Cricket Bowler

Clive Hubert Lloyd CBE AO is a former West Indies cricketer. In 1971 he was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year. He captained the West Indies between 1974 and 1985 and oversaw their rise to become the dominant Test-playing nation, a position that was only relinquished in the later half of the 1990s. He is one of the most successful Test captains of all time: during his captaincy the side had a run of 27 matches without defeat, which included 11 wins in succession. He was the first West Indian player to earn 100 international caps. Lloyd captained the West Indies in three World Cups, winning in 1975 and 1979 while losing the 1983 final to India. Lloyd was a tall, powerful middle-order batsman and occasional medium-pace bowler. In his youth he was also a strong cover point fielder. He wore his famous glasses as a result of being poked in the eye with a ruler. His Test match debut came in 1966. Lloyd scored over 7,500 runs at Test level, at an average of 46.67. He hit 77 sixes in his Test career, which is the sixth highest number of any player. He played for his home nation of Guyana in West Indies domestic cricket, and for Lancashire in England. He is a cousin of spin bowler Lance Gibbs. Since retiring as a player, Lloyd has remained heavily involved in cricket, managing the West Indies in the late 1990s, and coaching and commentating. He was an ICC match referee from 2001–2006.

Valerie Amos, Baroness Amos


Valerie Ann Amos, Baroness Amos, PC is the eighth and current UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. Before her appointment to the UN, she had been British High Commissioner to Australia. She was made a Labour life peer in 1997 and served as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. When Amos was appointed Secretary of State for International Development on 12 May 2003, following the resignation of Clare Short, she became the first black woman to sit in the Cabinet of the United Kingdom. She left the Cabinet when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister. She was then nominated to become the European Union Special Representative to the African Union by Brown. In July 2010 Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon announced Baroness Amos's appointment to the role of Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

Walter Rodney


Walter Rodney was a prominent Guyanese historian, political activist and preeminent scholar, who was assassinated in Guyana in 1980.

James Douglas


Sir James Douglas KCB was a company fur-trader and a British colonial governor on Vancouver Island in northwestern North America, particularly in what is now British Columbia. Douglas worked for the North West Company, and later for the Hudson's Bay Company becoming a high-ranking company officer. From 1851 to 1864, he was Governor of the Colony of Vancouver Island. In 1858, he also became the first Governor of the Colony of British Columbia, in order to assert British authority during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, which had the potential to turn the B.C. Mainland into an American state. He remained governor of both Vancouver Island and British Columbia until his retirement in 1864. He is often credited as "The Father of British Columbia".

Rohan Kanhai

Cricket Bowler

Rohan Bholalall Kanhai is a former Guyanese cricketer who represented the West Indies in 79 Test matches. He is widely considered as one of the best batsmen of the 1960s. Kanhai featured in several great West Indian teams, playing with, among others, Sir Garfield Sobers, Roy Fredericks, Lance Gibbs, and Alvin Kallicharran. C. L. R. James wrote in the New World journal that Kanhai was "the high peak of West Indian cricketing development", and praised his "adventuresome" attitude. Kanhai was part of the West Indian team that won the inaugural World Cup. Kanhai made his Test debut during the West Indies' 1957 tour of England and kept wicket for his first three Tests, in addition to opening the batting. Gerry Alexander took over the gloves for the last two Tests. A right-handed batsman, Kanhai scored 6,227 runs in 79 Tests at a robust average of 47.53, with his highest score of 256 coming against India in a Test at Calcutta. When Kanhai retired, his batting average was the fifth-highest of all West Indian cricketers with more than 20 Tests. He was famous for his unorthodox shots, most notably the "falling hook" shot, in which he finished his follow through lying on his back, famously during the West Indies' 1963 tour England when his innings of 77 at The Oval won the match for West Indies. In the 1975 World Cup final, when he was grey-haired and 40, his steady half-century set the platform for an explosive innings by Clive Lloyd.

Carl Hooper

Cricket Bowler

Carl Llewellyn Hooper is a former West Indian cricket player and captain.

Forbes Burnham


Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham was a Guyanese political leader and leader of Guyana from 1964 until his death, as the Prime Minister from 1964]] to 1980 and as President from 1980 to 1985.

Alvin Kallicharran

Cricket Bowler

Alvin Isaac Kallicharran is a former West Indian batsman of Indo-Guyanese ethnicity who played from 1972 to 1981. Kallicharran was born in Georgetown, British Guiana. His brother Derek played first class cricket for Guyana and later the United States of America. A left-handed batsmand and right-arm off spinner, Kallicharran was known for his elegant, watchful batting style. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year for 1973. He was part of the 1975 and 1979 team that won the Cricket World Cup. His highest innings was a score of 187 against India in the 1978–79 tour. He also found success with Warwickshire in English County cricket. While playing against minor county Oxfordshire in the 1984 one day Natwest Trophy he scored 206 and took 6 for 32. One of his most noted international innings, a knock of 158 against England, was shrouded in controversy when he was run out by Tony Greig on the final ball the end of the first day. He attempted to join World Series Cricket, but failed, and was appointed captain of the West Indies in 1977–1978 when Clive Lloyd resigned over the Packer issue. Kallicharan was later involved in further controversy when he led an unofficial rebel tour to South Africa in defiance of the Gleneagles Agreement and anti-apartheid protesters in that country who asserted that official sporting structures were discriminatory. He saw out the rest of his career playing for Orange Free State and Transvaal in South African domestic cricket. He is currently manager of Lashings World XI.

Chris Brasher

Olympic athlete

Christopher William "Chris" Brasher CBE was a British athlete, sports journalist and co-founder of the London Marathon.

Cheddi Jagan


Cheddi Berret Jagan was a Guyanese politician who was first elected Chief Minister in 1953 and later Premier of British Guiana from 1961–64, prior to independence. He later served as President of Guyana from 1992–97. He is widely regarded in Guyana as the "Father of the Nation".

Wilson Harris


Sir Theodore Wilson Harris is a Guyanese writer. He initially wrote poetry, but has since become a well-known novelist and essayist. His writing style is often said to be abstract and densely metaphorical, and his subject matter wide-ranging. Harris is considered one of the most original and innovative voices in postwar literature in English.

Prince Randian

Film Actor

Prince Randian or Prince Rardion, also known as The Snake Man, The Living Torso, The Human Caterpillar and a variety of other names was an American performer with tetra-amelia syndrome and a famous limbless sideshow performer of the early 1900s, best known for his ability to roll cigarettes with his lips. He was reportedly brought to the United States by P.T. Barnum in 1889 and was a popular carnival and circus attraction for 45 years. Prince Randian can be seen in the 1932 film Freaks.

Chris Lewis

Cricket Bowler

Chris Lewis is an English cricketer, who played for Nottinghamshire, Surrey and Leicestershire in the 1990s. He played in thirty two Tests and fifty three ODIs for England from 1990 to 1998. Lewis was regarded as an aggressive lower-order batsman, fine fast-medium bowler and an able all-round fielder. He was regarded as a colourful player of the game, who never quite lived up to his early potential. He was later convicted for drug smuggling.

Cy Grant


Cy Grant was a Guyanese actor, musician, writer and poet. In the 1950s, he became the first black person to be featured regularly on television in the United Kingdom, mostly due to his appearances on the BBC current affairs show Tonight. Following service in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, Grant worked as an actor and singer, before establishing the Drum Arts Centre in the 1970s. In the 1980s, he was appointed director of Concord Multicultural Festivals. A published poet and author of several books, including his 2007 memoir Blackness and the Dreaming Soul, Grant was made an Honorary Fellow of Roehampton University in 1997, and a member of the Scientific and Medical Network in 2001. In 2008, he assisted in the founding of an online archive to trace and commemorate Caribbean airmen of the Second World War. A father of four children, Grant lived with his wife, Dorith, in Highgate, London.

Dennis Andries

Professional Boxer

Dennis Andries was a British professional boxer in the light heavyweight division. Andries turned pro in 1978 and won the WBC Light Heavyweight Title in 1986 in a decision over American JB Williamson. He defended the title once against fellow Briton Tony Sibson before losing the belt in 1987 to Thomas Hearns. In 1989 he captured the Vacant WBC Light Heavyweight Title with a win over American Tony Willis, but lost the title in his first defense to Jeff Harding. In 1990 he won a rematch with Harding via 7th round KO, recapturing the title. He made two further defences before in 1991 losing the title again to Harding, via majority decision, capping their trilogy. He eventually moved up to Cruiserweight, and never fought again for a major world title, retiring in 1996.

Christopher Nicole


Christopher Robin Nicole is a prolific British writer of over 200 novels and non-fiction books since 1957. He wrote as Christopher Nicole under several pseudonyms including Peter Grange, Andrew York, Robin Cade, Mark Logan, Christina Nicholson, Alison York, Leslie Arlen, Robin Nicholson, C.R. Nicholson, Daniel Adams, Simon McKay, Caroline Gray and Alan Savage. He also wrote under the penname Max Marlow co-authoring with his wife, fellow author Diana Bachmann.

Kojo Nnamdi

Radio personality

Kojo Nnamdi is an American radio journalist. He is the host of The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and The Politics Hour on WAMU, and the Evening Exchange broadcast on WHUT-TV.

Grace Nichols


Grace Nichols is a Guyanese poet, whose first collection, I is a Long-Memoried Woman, won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize.

Donald Ramotar


Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar is a Guyanese politician who has been President of Guyana since December 2011. He has been the General Secretary of the People's Progressive Party since 1997.

John Rodriguez


John R. Rodriguez is a Guyana born Canadian politician. He served as the mayor of Greater Sudbury, Ontario from 2006 to 2010, and previously represented the electoral district of Nickel Belt in the Canadian House of Commons from 1972 to 1980 and from 1984 to 1993 as a member of the New Democratic Party.

Norman Beaton


Norman Lugard Beaton was a Guyanese actor long resident in the United Kingdom. Beaton attended Queen's College in Guyana until he was expelled for truancy and bad grades. He was given a second chance at the Government Teachers' Training College and graduated with distinction. Beaton taught and played with the calypso band The Four Bees before leaving Guyana for London in 1960.

Lance Gibbs

Cricket Bowler

Lancelot Richard Gibbs is a former West Indies cricketer, one of the most successful spin bowlers in Test cricket history. He took 309 Test wickets, only the second player to pass 300, the first spinner to pass that milestone, and had an exceptional economy rate of under two runs per over. He was, however, a very poor batsman, who never made a half-century in first-class cricket. Gibbs made his first-class debut in 1953–54, playing for British Guiana against MCC at his home ground of Bourda. In MCC's first innings, he bowled Denis Compton for 18 to leave the tourists precariously poised at 51/3. Gibbs also took the wicket of Tom Graveney – but by then a mammoth fourth-wicket partnership of 402 between Graveney and Willie Watson had propelled MCC towards an innings victory, so Gibbs did not get a second chance to bowl. Gibbs played a few more first-class games for British Guiana over the next few years, and some good performances gained him selection for the West Indies side to host Pakistan the following season. He made his debut in the second Test at Port-of-Spain, taking four wickets in the match, and retained his place for the rest of the five-match series, his first five-wicket haul in first-class cricket coming when he claimed 5/80 in the fourth Test at Bourda.

Mark McKoy

Olympic athlete

Mark Anthony McKoy is a retired Canadian athlete, winner of 110 metres hurdles at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Colin Croft

Cricket Bowler

Colin Everton Hunte Croft is a former West Indian cricketer. He provides expert analysis on the British Broadcasting Corporation's Test Match Special.

Ram John Holder


Ram John Holder is a Guyanese actor and musician. He is best known for playing Augustus "Porkpie" Grant in the British television series Desmond's.

Phil Edwards

Olympic athlete

Philip Aaron "Phil" Edwards, MD was a Canadian and Guyanese track and field athlete who competed in middle-distance events. Nicknamed the "Man of Bronze", he was Canada's most-decorated Olympian and the first Black Canadian man to win a trophy at what are now known as the Commonwealth Games. He was the first-ever winner of the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada's top athlete. He went on to serve as a captain in the Canadian army and as a highly regarded physician and expert of tropical diseases.

Sam Hinds


Samuel Archibald Anthony Hinds is a Guyanese politician who has been Prime Minister of Guyana almost continuously since 1992. He also briefly served as President of Guyana in 1997. He was awarded Guyana's highest national award, the Order of Excellence in 2011. He first became Prime Minister under Cheddi Jagan in 1992, following the October 1992 election, which was won by an alliance of the People's Progressive Party and Hinds' group, Civic. When Jagan died in March 1997, Hinds became President himself, and appointed Mrs. Janet Jagan, O.E. as Prime Minister. He accepted the PPP/C nomination as Prime Ministerial Candidate for the December 1997 General Elections, running alongside PPP/C Presidential Candidate Janet Jagan, Jagan's widow; upon her election to the Presidency, Jagan re-appointed Hinds as Prime Minister. Prior to this Hinds worked for Alcan, as the head of Chemical Engineering. By education, Hinds is a licensed and qualified Chemical Engineer, having graduated from the University of New Brunswick. In August 1999, Jagan decided to resign, and temporarily replaced Hinds with Bharrat Jagdeo; Jagdeo thus became President upon her resignation, and he reappointed Hinds as Prime Minister.

Shridath Ramphal


Sir Shridath Surendranath "Sonny" Ramphal GCMG AC ONZ OE OM OCC QC FRSA served as the second Commonwealth Secretary-General from 1975-1990. Ramphal previously served as the Foreign Minister of Guyana from 1972-1975. He was born in New Amsterdam, British Guiana, to an Indo-Guyanese family. Ramphal was educated at King's College London and Harvard Law School. He worked as the Chancellor of the University of Warwick from 1989 to 2002, the University of the West Indies until 2003 and also served as Chancellor of the University of Guyana. During his time as Commonwealth Secretary-General, the United Kingdom represented by Margaret Thatcher was found to be in a minority of one on the issue of economic sanctions against apartheid South Africa. With Ingvar Carlsson, he was in 1995 one of the co-chairs of the Commission on Global Governance, which reported on issues of international development, international security, globalization and global governance. Ramphal has two daughters, Susan and Amanda and two sons, Ian and Mark.

William John Locke


William John Locke was a novelist and playwright, born in Cunningsbury St George, Christ Church, Demerara, British Guyana on the 20th March 1863, the eldest son of John Locke, Bank Manager of Barbados, and his first wife, Sarah Elizabeth Locke. His parents were English. In 1864 his family moved to Trinidad and Tobago. In 1865, a second son was born, Charlie Alfred Locke, who was eventually to become a doctor. Charlie Locke died in 1904 aged 39. His half-sister, Anna Alexandra Hyde, by his father's second marriage, died in 1898 in childbirth aged 25. At the age of 3, Locke was sent to England for further education. He remained in England for nine years, before returning to Trinidad to attend prep school with his brother at Queen's Royal College. There, he won an exhibition to enter St John's College, Cambridge. He returned to England in 1881 to attend Cambridge University, where he graduated with honours in Mathematics in 1884, despite his dislike of that 'utterly futile and inhuman subject'. After leaving Cambridge, Locke became a schoolmaster. He disliked teaching, but is known to have been a master at the Oxford Military College at Temple Cowley in 1889 and 1890, and at Clifton College Bristol in 1890; from 1891 to 1897 he was modern languages master at Trinity College, Glenalmond. In 1893 he published a school edition of Murat, an extract from the Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père. In 1890 he became seriously ill with tuberculous, which affected him for the rest of his life.From 1897 to 1907 he was secretary of the Royal Institute of British Architects and lived in London.

Natural Black

Reggae Artist

Natural Black is a reggae singer from Guyana.

E. R. Braithwaite


Edward Ricardo Braithwaite is a Guyanese novelist, writer, teacher, and diplomat, best known for his stories of social conditions and racial discrimination against black people. He was born in Georgetown, Guyana.

Bernie Grant


Bernard Alexander Montgomery Grant, known simply as Bernie Grant, was a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Tottenham from 1987 to his death in 2000.

Vivian Harris

Professional Boxer

"Vicious" Vivian Harris is a Guyanese professional boxer who was born in Georgetown, Guyana and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. Harris began boxing at the age of twelve, and has since gained prominence for his aggressive fighting style. He is the former IBA and WBA Light Welterweight champion.

Laura Creavalle


Laura Cordelia Creavalle is an IFBB professional female bodybuilder, originally from Guyana.

Andrew Watson

Soccer Defender

Andrew Watson is widely considered to be the world's first black association footballer to play at international level. He was capped three times for Scotland between 1881 and 1882. Although Arthur Wharton is commonly thought to be Britain's first black player, Watson's career predates him by over a decade.

Devendra Bishoo

Cricket Bowler

Devendra Bishoo is a Guyanese and West Indian cricketer of East Indian origin. He is a leg-spinner who made his international debut playing for the West Indies cricket team in the Cricket World Cup 2011.

R.B. Greaves


Ronald Bertram Aloysius "R. B." Greaves III was an American singer who had chart success in 1969 with the pop single "Take a Letter, Maria". A number two hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, this single sold one million copies, and it earned gold record certification from the Recording Industry Association of America. Greaves also had a Top 40 pop hit one year later with " Always Something There to Remind Me".

Rawle Marshall

Basketball Small forward

Rawle Junior Kalomo Marshall is a Guyanese-American professional basketball player. He is a 6 ft 7 in and 190 lb small forward.

Wayne Braithwaite

Professional Boxer

Wayne Braithwaite is a professional boxer. Nicknamed "Big Truck", Braithwaite looked like an invincible force that would rebuild credibility in the cruiserweight ranks, but the invincibility was short lived. Biography Braithwaite was born in Georgetown, Guyana. A agile and well-conditioned athlete Amateur record: 57-3 was Pan American Games gold medalist. Braithwaite turned professional in 1997 and in 2000 with only ten pro Braithwaite was up against one of the top Cruiserweight in the division "Cowboy" Dale Brown it was like putting a young pup against the wolves, but Braithwaite more than passed the test the referee stopped the bout at 1:44 of the eighth round TKO for Braithwaite at the same time winning the WBC International/NABF Cruiserweight Titles. World Title Shot at 17-0 in 2002 Braithwaite, was able to finally get a shot for the Vacant WBC Cruiserweight Title after waiting for eleven months to fight Vincenzo Cantatore.But it was not easy. The fight was shown in. Braithwaite had to face an enormous challenge, the fight took place in casino de Compiegne, Italy. The fans in the ballroom were all invited and Cantatore photos were all around the ballroom on big billboards, the time keeper was very loose with the time in the fight in some rounds minutes were unbelievable added on. Braithwaite, dominated the early part of the fight knocking Cantatore down in fifth round but in the ninth round Braithwaite was in trouble Cantatore, hit him with a right and two left hooks.

Pauline Melville


Pauline Melville is a Guyanese-born writer and actress of mixed European and Amerindian ancestry, who is currently based in London, England. Among awards she has received for her writing are the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Award, and the Guyana Prize for Literature.

Aubrey Williams

Visual Artist

Aubrey Williams was a Guyanese artist. He was best known for his large, oil-on-canvas paintings, which combine elements of abstract expressionism with forms, images and symbols inspired by the pre-Columbian art of indigenous peoples of the Americas. Born in Georgetown in British Guiana, Williams began drawing and painting at an early age. He received informal art tutoring from the age of three, and joined the Working Peoples' Art Class at the age of twelve. After training as an agronomist he worked as an Agricultural Field Officer for eight years, initially on the sugar plantations of the East Coast and later in the North-West region of the country—an area inhabited primarily by the indigenous Warao people. His time among the Warao had a dramatic impact on his artistic approach, and initiated the complex obsession with pre-Columbian arts and cultures that ran throughout his artistic career. Williams left Guyana at the height of the Independence Movement in 1952, and moved to the United Kingdom. Following his first exhibition in London in 1954, he became an increasingly significant figure in the post-war British avant-garde art scene, particularly through his association with Denis Bowen's New Vision Centre Gallery. In 1966, he came together with a group of London-based Caribbean artists and intellectuals to found the Caribbean Artists Movement, which served as a dynamic hub of cultural events and activity until its dissolution in 1972. From 1970 onward, Williams worked in studios in Jamaica and Florida as well as the UK; and it was during this period that he produced three of his most well-known series of paintings: Shostakovich, The Olmec Maya and Now and Cosmos.

Aliann Pompey

Olympic Track and field Athlete

Aliann Tabitha Omalara Pompey is a Guyanese sprinter who specializes in the 400 metres. She has represented Guyana at the Summer Olympics on four separate occasions. She has competed at the World Championships in Athletics five times. Pompey won the gold medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and also won a bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games. She holds the South American indoor record for the 400 m. She participated at the World Championships in Athletics in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009 as well as the IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2001, 2003 2006 and 2010 and the Summer Olympics in 2000, 2004 and 2008 without reaching the final. Her personal best time is 50.71 seconds, achieved in August 2009 at the World Championships in Berlin. Born in Georgetown, Guyana, she moved to the United States at the age of 14 and graduated from Cohoes High School, and then Manhattan College in The Bronx, New York City. Initially uninterested in track and field, she began to take running seriously in 1995, quickly reducing her 400 metres best time to 53 seconds and winning the state championships. She won the 400 m at the 2000 NCAA Women's Indoor Track and Field Championship, becoming the Manhattan College Jaspers's first ever female national champion. She received her bachelor's degree from Manhattan College in 1999.

Martin Carter


Martin Wylde Carter was a Guyanese poet and political activist. Widely regarded as the greatest Guyanese poet, and one of the most important poets of the Caribbean region, Carter is best known for his poems of protest, resistance and revolution. Carter played an active role in Guyanese politics, particularly in the years leading up Independence in 1966 and those following immediately after. He was famously imprisoned by the British government in Guyana in October 1953 under allegations of "spreading dissension", and again in June 1954 for taking part in a PPP procession. Shortly after being released from prison the first time, Carter published his most well-known poetry collection, Poems of Resistance from British Guiana.

Peter Wight

Cricket Player

Peter Bernard Wight is a former Guyanese first-class cricketer who played for Somerset, Canterbury and British Guiana. Wight was a prolific run scorer at the top of the order, scoring 16,965 runs during his thirteen years at Somerset; only Harold Gimblett made more runs for the county.

Frank Bowling

Painting Artist

Richard Sheridan Franklin Bowling, known as Frank Bowling, OBE, is a Guyana-born British artist who is widely considered to be one of the most distinguished artists to emerge from post-war British art schools. His paintings relate to Abstract expressionism, Color Field painting and Lyrical Abstraction.

Barbados Joe Walcott

Professional Boxer

Joe Walcott, also known as Barbados Joe Walcott to distinguish him from the American known by the same name, was born in Demerara, British Guyana on March 13, 1873, and died October 1, 1935. Nicknamed "The Barbados Demon" Walcott, stood 5'1½ tall, was a formidable fighter who fought from 1890 to 1911. 'Barbados' Joe Walcott was the idol of the later 'Jersey' Joe Walcott, who chose to use his idol's real name as his own ring name in his honour.

Roger Harper

Cricket Bowler

Roger Andrew Harper is a former West Indies cricketer turned coach, who played both Test and ODI cricket for the West Indies. His international career lasted 13 years, from 1983 to 1996, and he was later described as a "fabulous" fielder. His Test bowling average of 28.06 is superior to that of Lance Gibbs, giving him the leading average among all West Indian spinners with at least 25 Test wickets. One of his most notable performances was against South Africa in the Quarter Finals of the 1996 Cricket World Cup when he took 4/47 to allow the West Indies to seize control of the match. Harper was an all-rounder who batted right-handed and bowled off breaks with his right arm; as a player, he recorded 535 runs and 46 wickets in his 25 Tests, and he played 200 first class matches. After his playing career, he became coach, taking over the West Indies team between 2000 and 2003, and then as team manager of the West Indies youth team in 2005. However, he was approached by the Cricket Kenya in late December 2005 with an offer of taking over the Kenyan national team after interim coach Mudassar Nazar, and the appointment was made official in January 2006. Harper said it "was great to be back" coaching players "at a relatively high level"

Howard Eastman

Professional Boxer

Howard Anthony Eastman is an England-based middleweight boxer nicknamed the Battersea Bomber, and currently promoted by Hennessy Sports.

Peter Minshall

Costume Designer

Peter Minshall is a Trinidadian Carnival artist.

William Austin


William Austin was an English character actor.

Edgar Mittelholzer


Edgar Austin Mittelholzer was a Guyanese novelist, the earliest novelist from the West Indian region to establish himself in Europe and gain a significant European readership. Mittelholzer, who earned his living almost exclusively by writing fiction, is considered the first professional novelist to come out of the English-speaking Caribbean. His novels include characters and situations from a variety of places within the Caribbean, and range in time from the early period of European settlement to the twentieth century. They feature a cross-section of ethnic groups and social classes, dealing with subjects of historical, political, psychological, and moral interest. Mittelholzer is "certainly the most prolific novelist to be produced by the Caribbean". Mittelholzer committed suicide in England in 1965.

Colin Stuart

Cricket Bowler

Colin Ellsworth Laurie Stuart is a Guyanese cricketer, who has played for the West Indies. In six Tests, Stuart, who is a right-hand batsman, has a batting average of 3.42 average, and as a right-arm, medium-fast bowler, has taken twenty wickets with a 31.39 average. Stuart took part in the only instance in Test cricket history, when three bowlers were used in completing one over. In 2001, playing against the hosts, Sri Lanka at the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy, Mervyn Dillon contracted abdominal pains after bowling two balls of his third over. Stuart replaced him, only to be banned from bowling for the remainder of Sri Lanka's innings, by the umpire, John Hampshire, after delivering two high, fast full-tosses in his first three balls. Chris Gayle then bowled the final three legitimate deliveries of the over.

Lionel Luckhoo


Sir Lionel Alfred Luckhoo KCMG, CBE, Q.C. was a Guyana born politician, diplomat, and well-known lawyer, famed for his 245 consecutive successful defences in murder cases.

Walter Moore


Walter Moore is a Guyanese footballer who currently plays for Caledonia AIA of the Trinidad and Tobago TT Pro League.

Gregory Richardson


Gregory Richardson is a Guyanese footballer who currently plays for the Puerto Rico Islanders in the North American Soccer League.

Cyril Dabydeen


Cyril Dabydeen is a writer who was born in the Canje, Guyana, a locality that also produced his contemporaries Arnold Itwaru and Jan Shinebourne. He grew up in a sugar plantation with the sense of Indian indenture rooted in his family background. He is a cousin of the UK writer David Dabydeen. He began writing in the early 1960s, winning the Sandbach Parker Gold Medal for poetry and the first A. J. Seymour Lyric Poetry Prize. His first chapbook collection, Poems in Recession, was published in 1972. In his early years he taught school, from 1961 to 1970, beginning as a pupil teacher; Dabydeen received formal teacher-training during this period. In 1970 he left Guyana for Canada to attend university; he obtained a BA degree in English at Lakehead University, an MA degree, and an MPA degree at Queen's University. In his early years in Canada he worked in a variety of summer jobs to pay his way through university, perhaps most importantly as a tree-planter in the Canadian forests around Lake Superior, and lived in bush camps with Native Canadians, sometimes six weeks at a time. It was this experience that perhaps is part of the process of the drawing of imaginative connections between Guyana and Canada, both with large "unpeopled" hinterlands and surviving native peoples.

Egerton Marcus

Professional Boxer

Egerton Marcus is a retired Canadian boxer who won the silver medal in the Middleweight division at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Desmond Hoyte


Hugh Desmond Hoyte was a Guyanese politician. He served as Prime Minister of Guyana from 1984 to 1985 and President of Guyana from 1985 until 1992.

Christopher Barnwell

Cricket Player

Christopher Barnwell, born 6 January 1987 in Guyana, is a West Indian cricketer who plays first-class and List A cricket for Guyana. An all-rounder, Barnwell is better known for his clever bowling, but is also a useful pinch hitter in the limited overs format. Barnwell made his T20I debut for West Indies on 21 April 2011 in the home series against Pakistan. He also played in the one-off T20 match against India on June 4, 2011, in which he scored an unbeaten 34 off just 16 deliveries and also took his maiden T20I wicket. He was also picked for the 2-match T20I series in England in September later that year. Barnwell is currently captain of the Guyana cricket team. Barnwell was recently picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the player auction for IPL 2013

Victor Ramdin


Annand Mahendra "Victor" Ramdin is a professional poker player, based in The Bronx, New York, who has won a World Poker Tour Championship and is a member of Team PokerStars.

Hamilton Green


Hamilton Green was the prime minister of Guyana from 6 August 1985 to 9 October 1992. He was removed from office in 1992 when the first free and fair elections were held in Guyana under the direct supervision of President Jimmy Carter. In March 1993, Green sued the People's National Congress for violation of his constitutional rights by expelling him from the party. Following this he formed his own party, the For a Good and Green Guyana Party. Hamilton Green, who was born in Georgetown, Guyana, is also the Mayor of Georgetown. In 2003, he was one of the most prominent people to attend the Summit of World Leaders sponsored by Sun Myung Moon. He is a member of the presiding council of the Universal Peace Federation

Harry Edward

Olympic athlete

Harry Francis Vincent Edward was a runner from Great Britain who won the bronze medal in both the 100m and 200m sprint race at the 1920 Summer Olympics. Guyanan-born, Edward posted times of 11.0 seconds for the 100m, and 22.2 seconds for the 200m.

Steve Massiah


Steve J Massiah is a Guyana-born American cricketer. A right-handed batsman and off spin bowler, he has played for the United States national cricket team since 2000 and is currently the captain of the side. He played two One Day Internationals for the USA in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy.

Karin Lowachee


Karin Lowachee is a Canadian author of speculative fiction. Lowachee is the author of four novels, Warchild, Burndive, Cagebird and The Gaslight Dogs. Warchild is noteworthy for its use of second-person point of view for the first several chapters of the novel. This book won the Warner Aspect First Novel Award. Cagebird won the 2006 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards and the Prix Aurora Award, and was a finalist for the 2005 Philip K. Dick Award. Her next novel, The Gaslight Dogs, was released in April 2010.

John Cunningham

Military Person

Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Henry Dacres Cunningham GCB, MVO, DL was a Royal Navy officer. A qualified senior navigator, he became Director of Plans at the Admiralty in 1930. He saw action as Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet during the Second World War with responsibility for the allied landings at Anzio and in the south of France. He served as First Sea Lord in the late 1940s: his focus was on implemementing the Government's policy of scrapping a large number of serviceable ships.

Saheed Mohamed


Saheed Mohamed is a Cayman Islands cricketer. A right-handed batsman and off spin bowler, he has played for the Cayman Islands national cricket team since 2004.

George James


George Granville Monah James was a South American historian and author, best known for his 1954 book Stolen Legacy, in which he argued that Greek philosophy originated in ancient Egypt.

Asha Blake

TV Anchor

Asha Blake is a journalist who anchored KTLA-TV News @ 1PM with Frank Buckley in Los Angeles. She previously was the anchor of the 9:00 p.m. news on Denver's CW affiliate, KWGN-TV before leaving KWGN in 2007 to return to Los Angeles. She was replaced by Vida Urbonas.

Charmaine Hooper


Charmaine Hooper is a former striker for the Canadian women's national soccer team.

Harry Baird


Harry Baird was a Guyanese-born British actor who came to prominence in the 1960s.

Denis Williams


Denis Williams was a Guyanese painter, author and archaeologist.

John R. Rickford


John Russell Rickford is an American academic and author. His book Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English, which he wrote together with his son, Russell J. Rickford, won the American Book Award in 2000. Rickford is the J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Linguistics and the Humanities at Stanford University's Department of Linguistics and the Stanford Graduate School of Education, where he has taught since 1980.

Andre Purlette

Professional Boxer

Andre Purlette is a Guyanese boxer and was a highly touted prospect in the heavyweight division. Known as "Tombstone", Purlette turned pro in 1992 and won his first 32 bouts, including a victory over Jimmy Thunder. His career was sidetracked in 2001 when he faced Eliecer Castillo and was KO'd in the 5th round. He later lost to veteran Jeremy Williams in 2003 and KOd by Aaron Williams in 2008.

Faoud Bacchus

Cricket Bowler

Sheik Faoud Ahamul Fasiel Bacchus is a cricket player for the West Indies and the United States. A right-handed batsman, he made his Test match debut for the West Indies aged 24 in the 1977/78 series against Australia, but his best achievements were in the 1978/79 series against India, where he scored 96 in the second Test and 250 in the 6th Test. However, he only averaged 26 after 19 Tests, making seven ducks, and was dropped from the side after the 1981/82 tour of Australia. He also played 29 One Day Internationals for the West Indies between 1977 and 1983, with a high score of 80 and an average of 26. Bacchus also captained the United States in the 1997 and 2001 ICC Trophy tournaments.

Lance Schulters

American Football Safety

Lance A. Schulters is an retired American football safety. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. He played college football at Hofstra. A Pro Bowl selection with the 1999 San Francisco 49ers, Schulters has also been a member of the Tennessee Titans, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

Andrew Lewis

Professional Boxer

Andrew Lewis is a professional boxer in the Middleweight division and is the former WBA World Welterweight Champion.

Timur Mohamed

Cricket Player

Timur Mohamed is a former Guyanese cricketer. Mohamed was a left-handed batsman who bowled leg break. He was born in Georgetown, Guyana. Mohamed initially played Youth Test matches and One Day International's for West Indies Young Cricketers, who he also captained. Mohamed made his first-class debut for Guyana against a Combined Leeward and Windward Islands team in 1976. He made 35 further first-class appearances for Guyana, the last of which came against the Leeward Islands in 1986/87 Shell Shield. In his 36 first-class matches for Guyana, he scored 1,999 runs at an average of 38.44, with a high score of 200 not out. He made 11 fifties and 5 centuries, with his highest score coming against the Windward Islands in the 1985/86 Shell Shield. He also played a handful of first-class matches for Demerara, a Shell Shield XI, West Indies Board President's XI, Young West Indies and the West Indians. His only first-class appearance for the West Indians came against Warwickshire on the West Indies 1980 tour of England, despite being part of the tour, he didn't feature in any of the Test matches or One Day International's that were part of the tour. He made his List A debut for Guyana against Barbados in the 1978/79 Geddes Grant/Harrison Line Trophy. He made 16 further List A appearances for Guyana, the last of which caem against Barbados in the 1986/87 Geddes Grant/Harrison Line Trophy. In his 17 List A matches for Guyana, he scored 385 runs at an average of 24.06, with a high score of 104. This score came against Jamaica in the 1979/80 Geddes Grant/Harrison Line Trophy. He also played 6 List A matches for Young West Indies during their 1981 and 1983 tours of Zimbabwe. He scored 263 runs at an average of 43.83, with a high score of 102. This score came against Zimbabwe on the 1983 tour.

Anthony Chinn


Anthony Chinn, the child of Chinese and Brazilian parents, was a supporting actor who appeared in over 50 films and television series throughout a career which spanned more than four decades.

Richard Reynolds


Richard Reynolds is a Guyana footballer who currently plays for Alpha United in the Guyana National Football League and the Guyana national team.

Assad Fudadin

Cricket Bowler

Assad Badyr Fudadin is a West Indian cricketer who plays for the Guyana national team and the West Indies. Born in Guyana, he bats left-handed but bowls right-arm medium-fast. In 2000, he was selected to play for the West Indies Under-15s team at the Costcutter Under-15s World Challenge, at which he top-scored in the final with 55 off 92 balls as the West Indies beat Pakistan. The following year, he progressed to the Guyana Under-19s team, for which he played for two years before being selected for the West Indies U19s. Fudadin made his first-class debut in 2004, playing for the West Indies B team against Kenya in the 2003–04 Carib Beer Cup. The following season, he returned to play for Guyana in the same competition, before going to England in April 2005 to play a season of club cricket for Wollaton Cricket Club in the Nottinghamshire Cricket Board Premier League. After his spell at Wollaton CC, he spent three years from 2006 to 2008 playing for Trowbridge Cricket Club in West of England Premier League Premier 2. During that time, he scored 2,659 runs at an average of 85.77 and took 60 wickets at an average of 26.53. After a few years playing domestic cricket in the West Indies, Fudadin was called into the West Indies A team in 2010 for a home series against Zimbabwe and then a tour of England before another home series against Pakistan A. His exploits earned him a developmental contract with the West Indies Cricket Board.

Maxim Thorne


Maxim Thorne is an American writer, philanthropist and civil rights advocate, who teaches Philanthropy in Action at Yale College, Yale Law School and Yale School of Management. He served as a senior leader for the NAACP. He was instrumental in establishing the first LGBT Task Force at the NAACP's Centennial Convention in 2009, and later was the first to tweet on May 19, 2012 that " The NAACP Board of Directors has just endorsed marriage equality unequivocally. Only two opposed! An historic moment." The NAACP endorsement came just days after President Obama also endorsed same sex marriage. Thorne helped argue Abbott v. Burke on behalf of Head Start and the NAACP.

Abdul Kadir


Abdul Kadir is a former member of Guyana's parliament, the National Assembly, and was the mayor of Guyana's second-largest city, Linden, from 1994 to 1996. A chemical engineer by profession, he served in the National Assembly from 2001 to 2006 as a member of the main opposition party, the People's National Congress Reform. Born Michael Seaforth in Buxton, Guyana, the son of Victor Seaforth, Kadir converted to Islam in 1974 and changed his name. He and his wife Isha, both Shia Muslims, have nine children and 18 grandchildren. In 2007, Kadir was arrested in Trinidad in connection with a plot to blow up jet-fuel supply tanks and pipeline at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City. He was arrested 2 June while en route to Caracas, Venezuela, where he planned to pick up a visa in order to attend an Islamic conference in Iran. Also implicated in the plot were Russell Defreitas, a Guyanese-American, Kareem Ibrahim of Trinidad, and Abdel Nur of Guyana. The United States government alleges that Kadir and Nur were associated with the Trinidad-based Jamaat al Muslimeen, a militant Muslim group. Kadir is currently being held in Trinidad; the United States plans to seek his extradition. On 2 August 2010, Kadir – along with Russell Defreitas – was convicted in the JFK airport bomb plot. According to US court documents, Kadir was the disciple of Mohsen Rabbani, an Iranian diplomat accused of being one of the masterminds behind the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires.

Chris Walton

Cricket Player

Arthur Christopher Walton was an English cricketer. Chris Walton was born in Georgetown, Demerara, British Guiana and educated at Radley and Oxford. He was an attacking right-handed batsman who represented Combined Services, D.R.Jardine's XI, the Gentlemen, Oxford University and Middlesex in 85 first-class matches between 1953 and 1959, scoring 3,797 runs. He was awarded three cricket blues by Oxford in 1955, 1956 and 1957 and he captained Oxford in his final year. He scored 57 in his Varsity match debut and scored 1,200 runs in 1956 and 956 runs in 1957. He played in 35 matches for Middlesex and he was awarded his county cap in 1957. He later emigrated to Australia and died in Mollynook, New South Wales aged 72.

Michael Anthony


Michael Parris, aka Michael Anthony, is a retired boxer from Guyana, who competed in the bantamweight division at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Soviet Union. There he won the bronze medal, after being defeated by Cuba's Juan Hernández in the semifinals. He was born in Georgetown, Guyana.

Keith Semple

Cricket Bowler

Keith Fitzpatrick Semple is a Guyanese cricketer who played for the West Indies in 1998/99. He has never had the chance to make a name for himself on the Test stage, but he was called up for One day matches during the 1998/99 season against South Africa. Semple is a right-handed batsman and a fast pace bowler.

Errol Cockfield, Jr.


Errol A. Cockfield Jr. is the former Press Secretary to former Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer and his successor David Paterson. Cockfield also served as the Chief of Staff to the New York State Senate Democratic Conference. Before moving into politics, he was a newspaper journalist and served as the Albany bureau chief for Newsday. Cockfield is now a public relations consultant, advising corporations on crisis management issues.

Eric D. Walrond


Eric Derwent Walrond was an Afro-Caribbean Harlem Renaissance writer and journalist, who made a lasting contribution to literature; his work remains in print today as a classic of its era. He was well-travelled, being born in Georgetown, Guyana, the son of a Barbadian mother and a Guyanese father, moving early in life to live in Barbados, and then Panama, New York, and eventually England. Walrond's most famous book was Tropic Death, published in New York City in 1926 when he was 28. In it are collected ten stories, at least one of which had been previously published in small magazines. He had published other short stories prior to this, as well as a number of essays. The scholar Kenneth Ramchand described Walrond's book as a "blistering" work of the imagination; others described his work as "impressionistic" and "frequently telegraphic", reflecting his use of short sentences. The following extract from his short story "Subjection" illustrates his more lyrical narrative style: Much of the dialogue between Walrond's characters is written in dialect, using the many different tongues loosely centered on the English language to portray the diversity of characters associated with the pan-Caribbean diaspora.

Sharon Maas


Sharon Maas is a Guyanese novelist. Maas was born in Georgetown, Guyana. She came from a prominently political family. Her mother was one of Guyana's earliest feminists, human rights activists and consumer advocates; her father was Press Secretary to the Marxist opposition leader and later President of Guyana, Dr Cheddi Jagan. She was educated in Guyana and England. After leaving school she worked as a trainee reporter with the Guyana Graphic in Georgetown, Guyana. She later wrote feature articles for the Sunday Chronicle as a staff journalist. Sharon spent 1971 and 1972 travelling around Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. Her travel articles were published in the Chronicle. In 1973 she travelled overland to India via England, Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. After two years in India she moved to Germany. Sharon now divides her time between England and Germany with her husband and two children. She has written four novels: Of Marriageable Age, Peacocks Dancing, The Speech of Angels and Sons of Gods. Her first three novels focus substantially on their respective protagonists' coming of age experience and struggle to find their own, unique identity and place in life, and are chiefly set against Indian and Guyanese backgrounds, though other countries feature prominently as well. Her fourth book, Sons of Gods is a retelling of the Mahabharata. – Her work has been translated into German, Spanish, French, Danish and Polish.

Russell J. Rickford


Russell John Rickford is an American scholar and author. An assistant professor in the History Department at Dartmouth College, he will soon join the History Department at Cornell. He has written the only in-depth biography on Betty Shabazz. Rickford is an expert on the black radical tradition and on black liberal culture after World War II, and lectures on American social and political history, among other subjects.

Leon Johnson

Cricket Bowler

Leon Rayon Johnson, is a West Indies cricketer who captained the West Indies in the 2006 U-19 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka.

Nigel Codrington

Soccer Forward

Nigel Codrington is a footballer from Guyana who plays for Camptown Georgetown in the GFF Super League.

Basil Butcher

Cricket Player

Basil Fitzherbert Butcher is a former West Indian cricketer who played in 44 Tests from 1958 to 1969. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1970. Basil Butcher was a wristy batsman and was a consistent number 4 and 5 in the West Indies side. He made an immediate impact on the international scene with 64 not out on debut against India in 1958-59 and finishing with 486 runs at 69.42. He struggled until the 1963 tour of England, where he rediscovered his form by making 383 runs which included an innings of 133 from a team total of just 229, helping the West Indies to a draw at Lord's. The innings became legendary because during the interval he had received news through a letter that his wife had had a miscarriage back home in Guyana. Butcher was an occasional legspinner. He took 5 Test wickets which all came in the one innings, 5 for 34 against England at Port-of-Spain in 1967-68.

Shawn Bishop

Football player

Shawn Bishop is an association footballer from Guyana. Bishop plays in midfield and currently plays for Alpha United FC in the GFF National Super League. He has also played, and scored, for the Guyana national football team.