•Simon is a young Bahamian with things on his mind who wishes to remain anonymous. His column 'Front Porch' is published every Tuesday in the Nassau Guardian. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fixated on finding a Bahamian Obama in the political arena, we have neglected like figures in other areas of national life. As previously argued, while admiring the new President, we should not be searching for his clone here at home.
Alternatively, we should encourage leaders who exhibit many of Mr. Obama’s finer qualities while being authentic to their own human journey and our national story. One such leader is newly-enthroned Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd.
Bishop Boyd and President Obama are not only around the same age, they also share a progressive spirit while being rooted in age-old traditions which they seek to renew for a new age. Their primary instrument of renewal: the audacity of hope!