Bahamas – Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie praised the success
of Wendall Jones, publisher of The Bahama Journal as a Bahamian who
came from humble beginnings to achieve greatness in the country.The
Prime Minister bestowed the accolades upon Mr. Jones during The Bahama
Journal Silver Jubilee Anniversary celebration held Wednesday, September
12, 2012 at the British Colonial Hilton.
amongst the list of “Who’s Who” in the mass communications and
journalism profession were His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor
General, His Excellency Ed Bethel, Bahamas High Commissioner to London
and their wives; Mike Smith, former High Commissioner to Canada, Cabinet
Ministers, Members of Parliament, and members from the business sector.
September 12, 1987, Mr. Jones along with two of his friends Lionel
Dorsett (deceased), and Mike Smith launched The Bahama Journal. They
visited then lawyer Perry Christie to form and register the limited
company, Miliwen – Mike, Lionel and Wendall.
Minister Christie deemed it fitting to participate in the Silver
Jubilee celebrations, stating that they were young men who took on two
major institutional newspapers in the country and became a success.
first, it was said that they would not succeed because they did not
have the financial backing to start a newspaper but they were committed,
strong and knew that it was what they wanted to do.
Prime Minister said Mr. Jones’ background is that of a journey of
achievement, which many Bahamians travelled despite humble beginnings.
journey of 25 years is something special to the country,” he said,
recognising that there are good and honest people in the country, along
the political divide, who have overcome the odds.
The Prime Minister then thanked Mr. Jones for being an example to others and wished him “great success” in his endeavours.
The Bahama Journal celebrated its Silver Jubilee Anniversary with a reception at the British Colonial Hilton on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Looking at the commemorative booklet from left are the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister; Godfrey Eneas, The Bahama Journal; and Wendall Jones, Publisher, The Bahama Journal. (BIS Photo/Derek Smith)