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Ms Jamaica UK eyes entertainment law

DREAMS: Ms Jamaica UK eyes entertainment law

LONDON-BORN 22 year-old Keecia Ellis is the new Miss Jamaica UK, having been crowned in London two weeks ago.

As is customary, the new queen spoke exclusively to Flair, after winning, about her plans for the reign.

Ellis is the daughter of 'the Godfather of Rocksteady', Alton Ellis, and though not born in the island, she has been visiting Jamaica every year for the past 21 years.

A brand management and consumer products assistant and law student, she thinks Jamaica is a beautiful island that is rich in culture, making it a place that is well loved by all.

Being the daughter of a successful musician, and the holder of a Bachelor of Arts in music, it is perhaps not surprising that Ellis' career plans will keep her close to the music industry; she is currently doing post-graduate studies in entertainment law, specialising in intellectual property.

This is because of the many challenges faced by her father in his career as well as similar negative issues faced by his fellow musicians. "However my creative side is still pushing me to become a composer/songwriter," she said in the email interview.

Ambassador

As she embarks on her year's reign, Ellis reveals that she would like to create awareness of the issues surrounding copyright/royalties within the reggae music industry.

Ellis also wants to become an ambassador of positivity, who uses her skills to the benefit of others. "Jamaica, the land we love, has a culture that should be treasured and nurtured. The food, music, art, sporting legends and others exemplify the greatness of my country. We need to develop an attitude that will allow all Jamaicans living in Jamaica and the United Kingdom to desire to achieve and make progress," she said.

No doubt influenced by her close relationship to one of the genre's shining stars, she said she hopes she will be able to bring forward a new policy outlining the need for education and knowledge within the music industry.

Role models

It is, therefore, only natural that at the top of her list of role models are her parents. "My parents contributed in the best way they could to my upbringingand my beliefs. Also, my lecturer, Kienda Hoji, also helped with my direction and ambition to become a lawyer," she said.

But with all the rumours about children of stars being spoilt and living the life of luxury, what was it really like to grow up as the daughter of a famous singer?

Ellis spoke with candour as she said her father Alton Ellis was just like any other normal dad; he grounded her, praised her and supported her. "He was my biggest fan; most of the time I was amazed at the number of people who loved him and how his music impacted their lives," she said.

Although she did not inherit the singing genes, she would still like to stay close to the industry as a songwriter at the same time that she is working as a lawyer in the business.

As Jamaica celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence this year, Flair asked Ellis to name three things she would like to see the country achieve in the next 50 years.

"In the next 50 years, I would like to see Jamaica achieve better health care, better living conditions for its less-fortunate citizens and more business prospects for young entrepreneurs," she said.

On a lighter note, her favourite Jamaican dishes are fried fish, steamed vegetables, festival, curried goat and rice and peas. She lists her favourite colours as purple and blue, and although she does not have a favourite fashion designer, she likes the stores and boutiques along London's high streets.

Where men are concerned, Ellis, who loves to laugh, says the qualities she is looking for in a man are: a sense of humour, the ability to make her laugh as well as being ambitious and caring.

So if Miss Jamaica UK had one week to live and could have one wish fulfilled, what would it be and why?

She said her burning desire is to see and experience various cultures around the world, so she would use those seven days to travel around the world. Her hobbies are spending time with family and friends, playing the piano, writing, listening to music, travelling and roller skating.

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