GRENADA - Nyanka
Ambitious, determined and passionate are a few of the qualities which personifies her character. She was born on July 23rd, 1996 at the General Hospital to Hazel-Ann Samuel and Ronald Robinson. At 19 years of age, she is proud that her journey so far has educated her how to handle life’s many complexities.
Her Grandmother Shirley Robinson, being an Ex Cultural Officer at the Ministry of Culture, allowed her to gain exposure to the musical and cultural art forms. Seeing her invested in the cultural art forms sparked her interests in being a part of various social groups Island wide. Since then, her commitments have expanded to: church choirs, school groups, drama clubs and musical bands. However, Nyanka's interest were not only cultural but also included academics. She attended the Sauteurs Pre Primary School, then the St. Patrick Anglican Primary School where her passion for reading, drama and competition were recognized. She was an active member in several school groups including Red Cross, 4H and the school's choir. Culminated by representing the school in several national competitions. In 2008, she commenced her secondary school education at the St.Joseph's Convent St. Andrew, where her path was paved by formidable teachers who displayed great interest in their students and their endeavors. It was there that she learnt about life skills and the attitude necessary to succeed in life. At age 13, her interest peaked in culinary arts and the Sciences. It’s there she decided to pursue those fields. In her final years at the school she proudly represented the institution in numerous competitions, namely: Brain Bee,The Dutch Lady Culinary Arts Competition and The St. George’s University Knowledge Bowl. She continued her academic journey at the T.A Marryshow Community College where she studied Natural Sciences.
In the year 2015, Nyanka was asked to be the representative for her Parish in the National Carnival Queen show. Although she was a bit apprehensive she accepted the offer. Through hard work and perseverance Robinson was able to capture the title "Miss Grenada National Carnival Queen 2015".
Currently, she is working as a Luxury Vacation Specialist for Sandals and Beaches Resorts International and is also seeking a scholarship to pursue a medical degree.
However, although it may seem her dedication to her academic pursuits trumps everything else Nyanka's dedication to the cultural art form has not wavered. In fact, her commitment to the art form has strengthened with her rooted involvement as the Acting President of her community’s cultural group, being the reigning Carnival Queen and the lead vocalist for The New Generation Band. Despite her love for the arts and academics, she enjoys other simple pleasures such as cooking, hiking, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures.
Nyanka believes she would continue to be involved in the arts, as well as encourage young persons, in her community and Island wide to pursue their interest passionately regardless of unforeseen circumstances. After all, Nelson Mandela said it best, “a good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.”
She says that she will not waiver in her effort to seek and fulfill her many interests and passions. After all, these are the qualities which truly determine the persons we are.