“One thing about over the hill, the people are close…Bain Town people always helping each other.” ~ Javis Adderley
By Hadassah Deleveaux (née Hall)
“I am Afro-centric to the core and not ashamed of my roots. I am not ashamed of the struggle.”
These are the sentiments of Javis Adderley, a young man who grew up through Rupert Dean Lane and stayed there until nine years old. He then went to the United States to live with his grandmother, where he eventually graduated from Fort Pierce Central High. It was at the age of 25, he set his sights back on his native Bahamas, where he returned to Bain Town – this time to live with his father through Dean Street.
For most of Javis’ time living in The Bahamas, he has been a resident of over the hill. It was not until recently that he moved, but the area is where he gained some muscles.
“I still go back once a week to visit friends and family. I am not ashamed of where I come from. That’s my roots. Bain Town is home. I see it as the birth place of a lot of great men. Family and friends are there. My church, Qubtic Church of the Black Messah is there, led by Cleveland Eneas III. I hail everybody from one end of the corner to the next,” said Javis.
In fact, while living over the hill as an adult, Javis found himself helping the youth with Math and English, encouraging them to believe in themselves and even providing food.
Recognizing that over the hill is often associated with crime, Javis said he didn’t allow himself to be infiltrated.
“I’m a leader, so that separated me. A lot of people are followers and are easily influenced. They think badness in style,” he quipped.
He also remembers the Bain Town of his childhood days.
“It was cleaner back then. People had more pride. Back then, people used to sweep yards with coconut branches. They would be spotless. Plenty people are moving out, migrating,” he said.
“A lot of people look at Bain Town and condemn it, but those who are there have what it takes to fight and survive. I feel I can go anywhere because of the struggle and dealing with certain situations. The Pindlings and the Hannas came from the struggle,” said Javis.
In fact, Javis fondly remembers a mentor of his, Andrea Sherman, who is now deceased.
“She impacted me. She was a mother figure. She was my next door neighbour. She coached me along. One thing about over the hill, the people are close. Right now, my car is down and I catch the bus. If I was still in Bain Town, I wouldn’t have to catch the bus. Bain Town people always helping each other,” he noted.
Questioned as to his motive for moving away, Javis said, “I wanted to spread my wings,” he stated.
One of the ways Javis has been spreading his wings as well is through educating himself. He began classes at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) and can boast of being a two-time graduate with Plumbing and Office Assistant certificates under his wings.
During his early sojourn at BTVI, he became a student worker, moving on to Stores Assistant and now, he works as an Accounts Payable Clerk. Meantime, he is in classes for Construction Technology, diversifying his skill set.
“I am not perfect and have made some mistakes,” he confessed, “but I have overcome them. Education elevates you. Elevate your mind. Education gives you something to aspire towards. It gives you hope and a better opportunity in life. BTVI has offered me a better opportunity in life,” he stated.
“Sometimes I don’t want to be in class,” said the full-time worker, “but I have to fight because it won’t just come to me. I want a better life – not just for me, but for my kids,” said the 34-year-year-old, who is now a father of three.
In fact, Javis summed up his life’s motto in one word: Fight.