Jamaica, after the death of Violet Brown who was over 117 years old — the first ever verified supercentenarian from the island is again celebrating another oldest living person — Ida Troupe.
This supercentenarian hails from Tivoli Gardens in Western Kingston.
She is set to celebrate her 117th birthday on Christmas Day according to the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.
Troupe is a retired vendor, and she is described as one of the original residents of Tivoli Gardens housing development that was built in 1963.
She was born on December 25, 1900.
In a press release, Member of Parliament (MP) for Western Kingston and Local Government and Community Development Minister, Desmond McKenzie, noted that on December 25, Troup will attain the same age as the late Violet Moss-Brown — who was officially certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest verifiable living person, back in July of this year.
“Christmas Day will have a very special meaning for me this year because of Miss Ida. She is an extraordinary person who has lived through so many events we only read about, including the 1907 earthquake, Hurricane Charlie of 1951, colonial government and internal self-government.”
He further added, “We lay claim to her not only as Jamaica’s currently oldest living person but also arguably, the world’s oldest living person. I am very proud to name her among my constituents, and I look forward to the Guinness Book of World Records officials returning to Jamaica to visit her,” McKenzie elaborated.
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