Dancehall entertainer Ce’Cile is now a published book author.
The Original Bad Gyal is currently promoting her debut Children’s book, “Oceana Adventures of a Jamaican Mermaid” which is dedicated to her daughter with singer Christopher Martin, Christiyana ‘Nana’ Martin.
Oceana Adventures of a Jamaican Mermaid was was published in 2018.
Speaking with social media Ce’Cile, whose given name is told fans that she got the inspiration to write the book in 2016 after her friend, Kasandra Henry, revealed that there was poor representation of black children in storybooks, cartoons and other children’s paraphernalia in Jamaica.
“In 2016 my friend Kasi started doing kids parties and after two parties for Nana (Ce’Cile’s daughter) – 1 Frozen & 1 Ariel – she mentioned to me how hard it was to find realistic characters in Jamaica. She also said she wanted her own mermaid since none of the characters the kids liked looked like them. That’s how the idea of “Oceana” was born. I wrote the first book in 2018 and got it accepted by Barnes and Nobles to be printed. I wrote this to say we saw the importance of kids being able to have characters that look like them,” Ce’Cile said.
“That’s how the idea of “Oceana” was born. I wrote the first book in 2018 and got it accepted by Barnes and Nobles to be printed. I wrote this to say we saw the importance of kids being able to have characters that look like them. I’m sure some of you have seen @rockbynana in her T-shirt line on her Page (link in her bio) but probably didn’t realize it was a little dark skinned mermaid.”
“After seeing the uproar over the idea to cast Hailey Berry as the new Ariel I’m convinced more than ever that WE HAVE TO PUSH OUR OWN. Our kids need to see themselves on the things they wear, on the things they eat, on the characters they watch, we have to start teaching them from now the importance of culture, race, country, etc. “Oceana” is Jamaican, she is from the waters in St Thomas, she loves reggae music, and she will be available soon. Just look at her! Ain’t she refreshing? She will also be on swim caps and swimsuits designed by Nana soon. Plus one bag a other “goodtingzdem” #jamaica#blackmatters#demcancussalldemwant#blackisbeautiful,” she continued.