Former London Calypso Monarch Akima Paul-Lambert has been appointed Grenada’s High Commissioner to the UK.
Akima, who won the title in 2009 with Passport Love, was unable to defend her title at the ABC Calypso Tent the following year because of work commitments. As well as winning the London crown, Akima has also taken titles in her native Grenada and written winning compositions for other performers there.
The appointment was revealed on Tuesday 14 March 2017 and is subject to a two-month approval process. Once confirmed, she will be appointed High Commissioner to the Court of St James (ie the United Kingdom) and also non-resident ambassador to the Holy See (the Vatican). She will not take a salary for this role.
Born and raised in Victoria, Grenada, Akima went to St Joseph’s Convent. She first came to prominence while championing the cause of environmental protection in a local newspaper, as a result of which she became, at 15, one of the youngest people to receive the United Nations Global 500 Award for services to the environment. In 2001 Akima won the Grenada Soca Monarch contest – only the second woman to do so – with her song Prostitute.
At 18 she went to Cambridge University to study Law and then a Masters at the University of Paris. Akima returned to the UK where she now practises as a dual-qualified UK solicitor-advocate and US litigation attorney involved in complex commercial litigation, cross-border investigations and arbitration. She was nominated as a Rising Star in the 2014 edition of Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers, but still finds time to write poetry.