Boka Group Cel­e­brates Con­tes­tant

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

By Toni Ni­cholas

The Boka Group is proud to be as­so­ci­ated with Saint Lu­cia Car­ni­val 2015 through its spon­sor­ship of one of the contestants in this year’s Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant, to be held on July 4. The con­tes­tant is Miss Kadi­jha Ma­son who was cel­e­brated by the Boka Group at a spe­cial cock­tail re­cep­tion at the Cap Es­tate res­i­dence of the group chair­man, John Kennedy on Thurs­day evening.

The Boka group is em­bark­ing on tourism re­lated projects at the Belvedere plan­ta­tion and Ma­haut Es­tate here. The group re­cently demon­strated its so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity by em­bark­ing on the “School for Thought Pro­gram”, which pro­vides much re­lief to stu­dents at­tend­ing school in Bou­ton and Ca­naries.

The Car­ni­val Plan­ning and Man­age­ment Agency (CPMA) was rep­re­sented at Thurs­day’s spe­cial cock­tail re­cep­tion. Ac­cord­ing to chair­man Lyn­don Arnold the re­cep­tion of­fered by the Boka group spoke to the re­newed ex­cite­ment and in­ter­est in the Na­tional Car­ni­val Queen Pageant which he be­lieved would be one of the best this year. Di­rect­ing his re­marks at the chair­man of the Boka Group, Arnold said, “I also be­lieve that it will be one of our best car­ni­vals yet and it is not far-fetched to pic­ture you in a cos­tume in the not too dis­tant fu­ture! it is truly an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

“This is some­thing new for us, and no­body, in­ci­den­tally, told me any­thing about wear­ing a cos­tume,” Kennedy com­mented later with a chuckle. He fur­ther stated, “I would like to say that since Boka started in Saint Lu­cia we have been keen on not just the tourism sec­tor but we have been very in­ter­ested in cul­tural and touris­tic events that are tak­ing place in the coun­try and we have been happy to sup­port and we have been in­volved in and wit­ness­ing var­i­ous things.

“This year I dis­cov­ered we were spon­sors and so I said, ‘Fine, where do I sign?’ and they said, ‘Well we have signed al­ready.’ So I was de­lighted to hear that and I want to wish all the contestants the best of luck, ours just a tad more.”

The tourism and cre­ative in­dus­tries min­is­ter, Lorne Theophilus also of­fered a few brief re­marks on Thurs­day. “In terms of the Boka Group and what I be­lieve will be the most ex­cit­ing queen pageant we have ever had dur­ing our car­ni­val, while the queen show is billed to be the best we have had, we are ex­cited about the col­lab­o­ra­tion we have had be­tween Saint Lu­cia and the Boka Group. I want to thank John specif­i­cally. I mean, the ac­cep­tance to be a spon­sor was the quick­est and most seam­less that we have had and it is en­demic of the spirit of col­lab­o­ra­tion we have had be­tween the Boka Group and Saint Lu­cia.”

Kadi­jha Ma­son who was pre­sented with a spe­cial bou­quet on the evening ex­pressed her joy at be­ing cho­sen as Miss Boka and thanked the com­pany for its faith and con­fi­dence in her. “I am re­ally ex­cited about not just the pageant but learn­ing about the Boka Group and I prom­ise to do my best the night of the pageant,” Ma­son said.

Thurs­day’s cock­tail re­cep­tion was at­tended by six of the other contestants (there are eight in to­tal), pres­i­dent of the Se­nate Claudius Fran­cis, mem­bers of the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee for the pageant and other in­vited guests.

John Kennedy, Chair­man of the Boka Group, and his wife, Dra­gana Kennedy, pre­sent­ing a bou­quet to Miss Boka,

Kadi­jha Ma­son.

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