Kalilah Enríquez

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Kalilah Enriquez
Born Kalilah Antonette Enriquez
(1983-02-11) February 11, 1983 (age 34)
Belize City, Belize, Belize
Education Fordham University (B.A.)
University of the West Indies (M.A.)
Occupation Broadcast Journalist
Years active 2001–present
Notable credit(s) CEEN Caribbean News
CVM TV Newswatch
Wake Up Belize! (Krem Radio)

Kalilah Enríquez (born February 11, 1983) is a Belizean journalist and poet. She currently resides in Kingston, Jamaica, where she co-hosts the popular current affairs radio programme, Nationwide This Morning on Nationwide News Network.

As a journalist[edit]

From 2010 to 2011, she worked as a broadcast journalist at CVM TV in Jamaica, where she became known for the infamous "duppy story" about a Spanish Town boy seemingly haunted by a ghost, as well as her coverage of the Jamaican security forces incursion into Tivoli Gardens in search of reputed drug lord Christopher "Dudus" Coke.

In February 2012, CVM TV aired a documentary produced by Enriquez, entitled "Man a Gallis: Jamaican Dancehall and HIV/AIDS", which received critical acclaim. The documentary was also aired on Channel 7 in Belize. It was funded with a grant from Caribbean Broadcast Media Partners (CBMP) and is distributed by them.

Enriquez has also worked as a video presenter on cable entertainment channel, Hype TV, a producer for Reggae Entertainment Television (RETV), and has also been a guest contributor to the Jamaica Gleaner newspaper.

Before settling in Jamaica, Enriquez was host of KREM Radio's Wake Up Belize Morning Vibes alongside Evan "Mose" Hyde.[1]

As a writer[edit]

Enriquez is the author of two books, "Unfettered", an anthology of poetry published in December 2006 and "Shades of Red", a collection of original poems, short stories and essays published in 2007. She has been a featured reader at the Lik It! Poetry Festival in Belize City, Se Sup'm Poetry in Kingston, and is scheduled to read at the Talking Trees Literary Festival at Treasure Beach, Jamaica in February 2012. In 2014, she won the inaugural Belize Literary Prize for her short story, "Barrel Reach".[2]

Her Master's thesis, "Jamaican Cultural Imperialism? Examining Dominance of Jamaican Music and Language on Belizean Radio" is available at the University of the West Indies library.

Early life[edit]

Enríquez was born in Belize City, but raised and attended school in Belmopan, Belize. After graduating Belmopan Comprehensive High School she attended St. John's College Junior College in Belize City, then left on scholarship to Fordham University in New York, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. Upon returning to Belize she joined KREM Radio as host of the Vibes and KREM's news editor in 2005. She has on occasion contributed to the Amandala.[3] She later obtained a Master's Degree in Communications Studies from the University of the West Indies' Mona campus in Jamaica. In January 2010 she was the organizer of the “Help Haiti Benefit Concert and Telethon", the biggest show ever in Belize.[4]

Kalilah is the mother of one daughter.


  1. ^ "What is it like to be Unfettered? Let the poems of Kalilah Enriquez demonstrate". BELLY FULL E-NEWSLETTER. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  2. ^ http://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2014/11/06/belizean-journalist-wins-prize-short-story/
  3. ^ "Belizian Women Authors". Belize National Library Service and Information System. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  4. ^ "100 Performers Lined Up for Help Haiti Concert in Belize". Ambergris Daily. Jan 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-27.