Musician Eddy Grant has said it is time that Barbados builds a shrine to Sir Garfield Sobers in his Bayland, St Michael birthplace.
The two-time Grammy Award winner made the call during the opening ceremony of the 17th Annual Conference of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute for Social and Economic Studies at Grant’s Bayley’s Plantation home on Tuesday. National Hero General Bussa started the 1816 rebellion at that plantation.
Grant pointed out that Sir Garry was the nation’s only living National Hero and said more should be done in his honour.
Additionally, he said there were tourism benefits to be accrued in having Sir Garry’s birthplace made into such an attraction.
The musician recalled stopping over in Barbados at age 12, en route with his brothers to the United Kingdom, and being unable to meet any Barbadian who knew where Garfield Sobers lived.
“And I’ve had this problem ever since, that Barbados has not sought to establish to the world where Sir Garfield Sobers lives,” he said.
With Sir Garry himself, and another Barbados and West Indies cricket legend, Sir Wesley Hall, in the audience, Grant said: “In any other country in the world, that’d be worth millions, and the amount of people going past, Sir Gary would have to move out.”