BBC finally pays tribute to Usain Bolt's Christian faith
A few weeks ago, His Grace bemoaned the fact that the BBC never mentioned Usain Bolt's Christian faith in the context of his stunning Olympic triumphs, while poring over every other aspect of his life in minute detail. Despite crossing himself and mouthing a prayer before every race, and exalting God after each victory in both word and physical supplication, BBC commentators were mute: there was a distinct 'Don't mention the prayer!' policy, for fear of offending someone somewhere.
Well, His Grace is delighted to note that Auntie has recanted and written a very impressive tribute to Bolt's faith:
Christian prayerOh, hang on. Dammit. His Grace is surely mistook.
Jamaicans were overwhelmed with joy and Bolt reciprocated their support by expressing his sense of appreciation for all Jamaicans, irrespective of where in Jamaica they came from or which clan they belonged to.
This, I think, has further lifted the reverence the Jamaican people had for him.
He chose to appreciate the bigger picture in a deeply divided society and as a result has perhaps created a sense of unity that has long been missing in the Afro-Caribbean community.
Additionally, he has remained true to his religious beliefs, giving a Christian prayer after each win and thanking God for his victory.
This will no doubt restore confidence in black youth, who often grapple with finding a balance between their Western upbringing, African or Caribbean roots and Christian faith.
I am optimistic that his win will shed light on a different kind of role model black youths can look up to and aspire to emulate, and maybe we might be lucky enough to see more Jamaican-British youngsters competing in the next Olympics.
Bolt's display of his faith portrays to the rest of Britain that Afro-Caribbeans can remain true to their culture and beliefs while fully integrating with the wider society, which will hopefully counter-balance the common association of black youth with crime and under-achievement.
It is precisely for these reasons that I think Usain Bolt will remain dearly cherished by all Jamaicans both inside the country and beyond, and I hope his effect will stretch wide enough for all Christians to unite once again.
His Grace has got it completely wrong. (Again). This is becoming tiresome. He apologises.