Senator Wendy Phipps (second from right) with the federation’s oldest living centenarian Celian “Martin” Powell at her 106th birthday celebration Jan. 19 at the Flamboyant Nursing Home. She is flanked by (left to right) the Honourable Eric Evelyn, minister of Community Development on Nevis; Her Honour Marjory Morton, acting deputy governor-general; and the Hon. Mark Brantley, premier of Nevis.
Celian “Martin” Powell on her 106th birthday Jan. 19 at the Flamboyant Nursing Home in Charlestown.
Senator Wendy Phipps (second from right) with the federation’s oldest living centenarian Celian “Martin” Powell at her 106th birthday celebration Jan. 19 at the Flamboyant Nursing Home. She is flanked by (left to right) the Honourable Eric Evelyn, minister of Community Development on Nevis; Her Honour Marjory Morton, acting deputy governor-general; and the Hon. Mark Brantley, premier of Nevis.

Nevis leads in living centenarians per capita in SKN

From the NIA

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – Nevis has the highest number of centenarians per capita in St. Kitts and Nevis while Gingerland, an area east of Charlestown has six, the highest concentration of centenarians.

Senator Wendy Phipps, minister of State in the Ministry of Health in the federal government, made the announcement while extending birthday greetings to Celian “Martin” Powell, the federation’s oldest living centenarian, when she celebrated her 106th birthday Jan. 19 at the Flamboyant Nursing Home in Charlestown.

“Our statistics do confirm that per capita that Gingerland does have the highest number of centenarians in the federation,” she said. “The total count as of today is about 18. We just lost one, I think it was a few days ago, James Pemberton, a Nevisian who happened to live in St. Kitts and he died at the age of 101,” she said.

The senator noted that she had spoken to Pemberton some months ago when he told her he was only living in St. Kitts, but was a Nevis man from Gingerland. She said he told her when he was born he almost died and his mother was told to leave him at the hospital. Instead she took him home and nursed him to health and he survived and lived to 101.

The other centenarians on Nevis are Chistabel “Dovie” Elliott, 102, from Fothergills in Gingerland; Florence Liburd, 102, from Craddock Road in Charlestown; Mary Browne, 101, from River Path in Gingerland; Rosetta Hull, 101, from Rawlins in Gingerland; Eileen Smithen, 101, from Zion in Gingerland; Artemisia “Ettie” Jeffers, 101, from Hickmans in Gingerland; and George Wilkinson, 100, from Craddock Road in Charlestown.

Phipps said in recent times, males in St. Kitts and Nevis were attaining the age of 100 and all of them, with the exception of two – Brother Bailey from Saddlers who is 101 and Samuel Depusior of Challengers who is 102 –  they are all of Nevisian heritage.

On a lighter note, the senator quoted local calypsonian Konris Maynard and chuckled “there must be something in the water.”