It is indeed incredible that the tiny island of Jamaica has produced so many gifted and world recognized individuals: artists, scholars, and athletes. Some claim that the gifts of the country’s most well-known residents are due to the water, others the food the success, for instance, of a Jamaican Olympian champion and world record holder athlete was attributed to Jamaica’s Trelawny yam! So many Jamaicans have excelled abroad, and their remarkable success should not be taken for granted, especially when one thinks of the tremendous sacrifices Jamaicans often endure in order to accomplish their goals.
Consider the many successful Jamaicans who have emerged to the USA after having left family and friends behind, and adjusting to the weather, the enormity of America, its complexities and cultural differences, to then burst out on the scene to success and acclaim in the wealthiest and most advanced country in the world is an extraordinary task.
The life and work of Eleanor Riley is one of such shining example of a humble, rural Jamaican girl who left her homeland at age 20 to find great success in the United States. Her recognitions awards and service achievements are too numerous to mention.