Who is Paula-Mae Weekes? I’ll tell you. She’s the President of my country Trinidad & Tobago. Our first female President. ⁣

If you’re reading this (& not from a Caribbean background) please let me know in the comments if today is the first time you’ve heard of her. It would be interesting for me to get a sense check on this. ⁣

Her background is in the law where she has had an amazing career. She worked for the Director of Public Prosecutions in Trinidad before starting a private practice. She later joined the judiciary and Court of Appeals and for a short time served as Chief Justice. ⁣

I am honoured to be able to tell a little of her story. I remember the day she took office. I was surprised by how emotional I felt and how proud. I devoured all the newspaper coverage of her and just kept bubbling over with joy. ⁣

It’s Black History Month and I want to do many things across the month. When this month rolls around I feel like there are the same stories shared and the same people highlighted year on year. ⁣

I want to use my platform to showcase those from the community who aren’t as known and share a bit about them. I’m Trinidadian and I make no apologies for the Caribbean slant that my showcase will take. ⁣