Today marks the day that BERMEMES was born, and don, I’m so proud of what it has become – you lot dun’een know! What started as just jokes with my boys became something much bigger than expected, and it should be celebrated, not just by the BERMEMES team and those exclusively involved, but also by you byes that are reading this. To see our culture come alive in more ways than just a holiday is fettinvell wikid buh (translation: absolutely amazing)! Speaking for the team, words can only express so much pride that we have. As we’ve previously repeated numerous times, BERMEMES is really because of you, and it will continue because of the community we built together. I won’t lie, it has been hard at times working anonymously, and having a very small budget made me want to throw in the towel at times, but then we would recieve little emails, comments and tweets like:
Or even the bigger known Bermudian brands like…
It’s commentary like this that really pushes the team to keep steady, regardless of the hardships. For a year, we’ve worked tirelessly, and without profit, to bring you laughter with events such as the #BermyShake, BERMEMES Valentines, or even more serious involvements that should be made available like the streaming of #BerRights. WE DO THIS FOR YOU!
— Kira Brock (@kira_beera) June 14, 2013
Mercy, what can I say about my team?
Every person involved has left a great imprint on me and the development of BERMEMES ethos. It wasn’t that long ago that I was sitting inside of Rock Island Café having coffee with Karriem. It was then that he said something which changed the whole context of what I saw in BERMEMES, and with that one quote, the website was born. Soon after, along came Elizabeth Varao. A 24 year old with a first-class Bachelors Degree in Business Management. Elizabeth and I spent nearly a month of seeing the sun rise working tirelessly on the BERMEMES plans and future prospects. I’ll tell you right now, I have a lot of great ideas, but I suck at documentation; this is where Liz sorted everything out.
Now, this bredrin deserves a paragraph of his own. Mr. Valentine’s himself, and the face of BERMEMES without anyone realizing. Makeem Bartley (known mainly by stage name Haz), graduated from Warwick Academy and enrolled into Bermy College taking up Arts. Haz was by my side since day two, and everything I saw in him then has flourished into -forgive me for saying this – so much more. It took a lot of guts to do the things he’s done with us in front of Bermuda, but I’m glad to have you don!
I can somewhat reiterate, that we are the same young, hardworking Bermudians just as you lot. Our struggles are similar to some extent, but at the end of the day, we will still take pride in who we are, and build strength together by helping one another. Those that have known the team since day one, I really appreciate your support and the respect given to myself, and the brand; I am truly grateful. Support was a very hard thing to come across while anon. The team have so many Bermuda enhancing ideas that will involve the public community and give you all the opportunity to get involved. Hopefully, in reading this, more support to push these intiatives will be garnered, and we become an even stronger unit than ever before.
We at BERMEMES will continue to promote Bermuda by Bermudians.
Bermemes Creator & CEO