Red Plastic Bag awarded Honorary Doctorate by the UWI

Many times Pic-O-De-Crop Calypso Monarch and Barbados cultural ambassador Stedson Wiltshire, Red Plastic Bag, is one of three people being awarded Honorary Doctorates by the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.

The UWI which says the gifted lyricist will be conferred a Doctor of Letters for his contribution to entertainment.

The renowned calypsonian has been in the entertainment business for almost four decades, amassing a repertoire of over 400 songs with 25 albums recorded. In 1982, RPB became the youngest person to win a national calypso title at 21 years old and has won the Pic-O’-De-Crop 10 times, and is a two-time winner of the Tune of the Crop and the Sweet Soca competitions.

Meanwhile, while internet pioneer Alan Emtage will receive a Doctor of Science for his commitment to scientific invention, while Trinidad-born global talent manager Maxine Williams will be conferred a Doctor of Law for leadership.

Mr. Emtage, who was born and raised in Barbados and attended Harrison College, wrote the code which helped to create the internet.

As a student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, he conceived of and implemented Archie, the world’s first pre-Web Internet search engine. Archie provided the foundation on which public search engines operate to this day.