President Uhuru Kenyatta presented Rita Marley, the widow of reggae legend Bob Marley, the Order of Jamaica during the Jamaican 57th Independence Grand Gala held at the Jamaican National Stadium in Kingston.
Rita Marley met and fell in love with Bob Marley in the mid-1960s working together during her time with music group Soulettes and they married in February 1966.
Following bob’s death, Rita converted Bob Marley’s home in the Bob Marley Museum.
She is the founder and chairperson of the Robert Marley Foundation and Bob Marley Group of Companies as well as the Rita Marley Foundation. Rita has adopted 35 children in Ethiopia, the country where she wanted her late husband reburied terming it as Bob Marley’s spiritual resting place.
Rita is also an awardee of the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican Government, 1996, and the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Award in 2010.
During the award ceremony launching the Jamaican 57th independence anniversary at the Jamaica National Stadium, President Uhuru was joined by Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
President Kenyatta, who was the chief guest at the event, said he was honoured to represent the African continent at the launch of the celebrations that coincide with the 400 year anniversary of the time ships carrying Africans first landed in the Americas.
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