Olivia Grange

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Olivia Grange

Member of the Jamaica Parliament
for Saint Catherine Central
Personal details
Born (1946-04-27) 27 April 1946 (age 74)
Luke Lane, West Kingston, Jamaica
Political partyJLP

Olivia Grange CD (born 27 April 1946) is a Jamaican politician. She has served as Member of Parliament for Saint Catherine Central since 1997 and as Jamaica's Minister of Sports, Youth and Culture for the duration of the Jamaica Labour Party government from 2007 to 2011 and again since 2016.

Early life[edit]

Grange was born on 27 April 1946[1] in Luke Lane, West Kingston, Jamaica. Her father was a shoemaker and her mother was a dressmaker.[2] She attended All Saints Primary, Gainstead High, and Ryerson University in Canada.[1]


From 1983 to 1985, Grange served as Government Senator and Parliamentary Secretary for Information and Culture. From 1985 to 1989, she was the Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister. Running as a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for St. Catherine Central, Grange was elected into parliament in 1997. In 2007, she was appointed as Minister of Information, Youth, Sports & Culture. She is currently the Minister of Sports, Culture, Entertainment and Gender Affairs after the JLP was elected to office in 2016. A reggae enthusiast, Grange is also a founding member of the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP). She also co-founded Canada's "first black community newspaper", Contrast.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Grange has one daughter and three granddaughters.[3]


In 1997, Grange was nominated as Woman of the Year in Jamaica.[4] In June 2009, she was named as the Caribbean Community's first Champion for Culture. In 2015, Grange was awarded the rank of Commander (CD) in the Order of Distinction for her contributions to the country's music scene and cultural development.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Olivia Grange". Jamaica Labour Party. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  2. ^ "Lunch With Lalah: A Different Side Of 'Babsy'". Jamaica Gleaner. 18 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Olivia Grange". Office of the Prime Minister. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  4. ^ "The Honourable Olivia "Babsy" Grange, MP, CD". Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment, and Sport. Retrieved 29 July 2020.