When you think of Jamaica, the country’s capital city of Kingston will inevitably spring to mind.
The nation’s largest and most recognisable city is world famous for its musicians and sportspeople, who dominate the list of influential people to hail from the Jamaican capital.
The fastest human being in history, Usain Bolt, wasn’t born in Kingston but he has lived there for around 10 years now after moving from his home town of Trelawny. The 25-year-old currently holds the world record for the 100-metre sprint, clocking in at a lightning-quick 9.58 seconds at the 2009 World Championships.
Another world-famous sprinter to have spent time living in Kingston is Asafa Powell. Born in Spanish Town, but a budding mechanic while studying in the Jamaican capital, Powell held the 100m world record between June 2005 and May 2008.
However Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a female 100m sprinter who won gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, was born and raised in Kingston.
Meanwhile, a host of other big-name sportsmen and women have forged their reputations away from their home city.
Atari Bigby and Patrick Chung both play in America’s National Football League; Patrick Ewing is a retired Hall of Fame basketball player; Paul Hewitt is currently the basketball coach at George Mason University; baseball duo Justin Masterson and Devon White have both made an impact in Major League Baseball during different eras, while ex-field hockey player Sandra Levy represented Canada at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.
John Barnes famously represented England at football instead of his native Jamaica in the eighties and early nineties. The former Liverpool winger moved to the UK aged 13 and went on to win 79 caps for England, scoring 11 goals.
However the likes of Ricardo Fuller, Ricardo Gardner, Ryan Thompson and Jermaine Johnson all went on to represent the Jamaican national football team.
Music not only plays a huge role in Kingston, but also the whole of Jamaica, with reggae particularly prominent.
The youngest son of Jamaica’s most famous reggae star Bob Marley, Damian, was born in Kingston less than three years before his father died and is now an award-winning musician himself.
And Sean Paul is another award-winning musician from Kingston whose music has spread to all four corners of the globe.
Buju Banton may not have received as much acclaim as the aforementioned trio, but the reggae star is still big business in his native Jamaica, as is dancehall musician Elephant Man.
Outside of music and sport, Nadine Spencer is one of the most successful women from Kingston. The founder and CEO of Nadine Spencer Company – a group of gourmet food companies – now resides in Toronto, Canada.
While Lisa Hanna became the third Jamaican to win the Miss World title in 1993 and now works as a politician.
And from the world of film, Evan Parke is perhaps best known for his role as Hayes in the 2005 film ‘King Kong’, while Sanya Hughes featured in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’.