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Kerobe King!
Published on March 21, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Kerobe King!

By Abdulmajeed K Nunez

He was nicknamed the Kerobe King
He was attacked for being daring and aspiring
During a time when the Garinagu were organizing
George Cadle Price was victimizing anyone that opposed him
He was a pioneer in the establishment of St John Teacher’s college
He and his wife did pioneering work in, Pine Ridge and Succoth and a host of other Villages
He was president of the Belize Tourism for the Central America
Doing work in Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico and Costa Rica
He can even be called one of Belize's human fathers
He pioneered the agriculture show
In 1951 San Ignacio Cayo
Later it spread to all boroughs

Godsman Celestino Ellis was here for a brief stop
But during his time this phenomenal brother achieved a lot
He hailed from Honduras stock
His visionary Belizean father registered him son in British Honduras
He attended Sacred Heart Primary School in Dangriga
Up to age ten, when he was approached by an instructor
Eric Sebastian who requested that Godsman accompany him to Xaibe Rural Community
It was in Corozal District he completed his primary Education Studies.
It was in Corozal he learnt Spanish and got his appreciation for Mayan ethnicity

At 16 he passed the first class teacher’s question paper
Then he became a full fledged teacher
At Sacred Heart Primary School in Dangriga.
Raised by his grandmother who instilling in him culture and the spirit of attainment
She was financially unable to assist with his secondary edification;
As a result Ellis determined to embark on what would turn out to be a long teaching career.
He spent several years teaching at the Sacred Heart Primary School
Then he was drafted to attend St John’s College in Belize City
There he took part in a teacher’s training course.
He graduated from the training course with a Cambridge Diploma
And went on to attend the teacher’s college in Belize City
He then took up teaching in the southern village of Dolores in the Toledo District.

After graduating from St John’s College, he was asked to take up the post of principal, in 1951at August Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk borough.
1951 was one of the most unforgettable years of Godsman Celestino Ellis’ life
He was appointed as the principal of a school and that same year the he married the love of his life
Ms Ethel Sampson, the woman who would remain by his side for the next 61 years of his life.
He traveled the world, received numerous honours for his dedication and service to Belize.
In 1957 he was awarded a scholarship to study in British Colombian, Canada,
Majoring where he majored in soil survey.
This field fortified his name in the agricultural sector of Belize for many years.
He returned to Belize in 1961 and was appointed to the post of agricultural officer stationed in Central Farm.
Godsman Ellis was instrumental in organizing the farmers travelling around the country to assist in the rehabilitation.
After Hurricane Hattie’s devastation.

In 1967 the need to open an agriculture school was grasped
The Godsman Ellis took up the head man task
He remained in that position until he retired at the age of 50.
Being a visionary under his leadership the school was a thing of beauty,
Ellis tried his hands at many things including peanut butter manufacturing business.
We all remember Gabella Peanut Butter factory on Carillo Avenue in Santa Elena, Cayo.
However external competition made it difficult for him to survive in the industry.
His love for country led him into the tourism industry
He was also did human rights advocacy
Where he shared his knowledge with visitors from across the sphere
As a trained professional and experienced tour guide
Who had dreams of making Belize the number one tourism destination in the world.
Ten years ago he travelled to Guatemala to share the natural wealth that Belize had to offer.
His tribute in Punta Gorda

Belize you are welcome!
A Garifuna giant who has been elevated to national and international stardom
He was the trail blazer and a pioneer
Who was instrumental in the formation of the first agricultural school of this nation
He did not only speak agriculture but he demonstrated
He was a man that constantly preached agriculture
During the time he started the agriculture school his vision was clear
That the students when they finished that school could fit the extension services
That was a direct benefit to the farmers
That is what is killing the farmers of this nation as we speak
There is no effective extension service
It is the same thing they did with the lands and survey department
They kept the lands department
And they killed the survey department
Knowing pretty well that people applying for a piece of land
Would never be able to afford a surveyor
It is a deliberate attempt and if it is not so
Let them prove otherwise
 
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