Introducing Latia Wilks

SHE is only 18 – and she has a worldview that belies her age. And self-confidence that makes her a prime candidate to change the world – or at least – change whatever part of it is possible. Latia Wilks is not comfortable riding with the flow. Not ready to accept the world as she met it.

SHE is only 18 – and she has a worldview that belies her age. And self-confidence that makes her a prime candidate to change the world – or at least – change whatever part of it is possible. Latia Wilks is not comfortable riding with the flow. Not ready to accept the world as she met it.

She is a poet and a writer; a performer and actor. And she has the academic foundation to be yearning to go study medicine – for an odd reason. To use science as her social activism.

Wilks sees medicine as an outlet to reach people – and to help change their lives. Asked to describe herself in a WhatsApp message we sent her, she replied: “Self-motivated, creative, assertive, and innovative, with excellent literary and analytical skills, and an unparalleled love of knowledge.” And she wasn’t lying on herself.

Wilks is bringing a nightly five-minute monologue to regional television called LATIA TONIGHT. She wants to tell the world, how she sees it. She wants to blast the world in its face. And, she wants to change it.

“I want to ensure that black, brown, youth, and female voices could be seen and heard and respected, starting with my own,” she said.

Her worldview has been shaped by her formative years growing up in London, England, and with finding new perspectives as a teenager in the Caribbean – and in the land of her mother, who herself is a television personality.
Dale Bhola-Wilks is a proud mama.

“This is their time. This generation has something special to offer, and we have to let them,” she said. “I listened to her and I wanted to give her a platform. She is the kid that will get us thinking. She threatens to shake us all up, and I like that,” said Hamlet Mark, who gave her mother her first TV gig. And now adding the favour one generation later.

“I think she has a serious point of view and I think it deserves to be heard,” Mark said.

“It may make us sometimes uncomfortable. But then so what.

“There something about 18 that makes me excited. Leslie Pierre, the late editor of the Grenadian Voice gave me a column at 18. He said to me he didn’t share any of my views, but he thought then that it should be heard.

“I remember that. I remember 18. Latia is there now, and she is even bolder; more clear. And she has more potential than we ever had,” Mark added.

Latia is a writer who has already begun turning heads

She recently published a paper on Environmental Racism, entitled “The Global South and the Burden of Environmental Racism’s Past and Future.”

And she is about to script a full television series.

Latia represented Grenada at the World Youth Festival in Sochi, Russia in 2017, and was a Grenada country participant at the UWI Open Campus in 2016.

She was a youth panel presenter at the inaugural Caribbean Public Health Agency youth forum. At the event, she performed poetry and conducted a panel discussion on the theme: Bullying: What’s the Big Deal?

In her spare time – and there is little – she volunteers her time teaching English Language
to youth in the rural areas. She has also served on the Executive Board of the Writers’ Association of Grenada.

“Our generation wants to tell our own stories. If the future belongs to us, give us the opportunity to shape it,” she says

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