From Paraclete in Saint Andrews, John Benjamin was the first Grenadian to win a Commonwealth scholarship to study abroad. From that point, his talent only continued to grow and he returned to Grenada in the 60s to teach, write and paint.
Benjamin’s most famous creation was ‘The Nutmeg Princess,’ which portrayed women in dresses made out of nutmeg and he was also the winner of a BBC Prize in its First Caribbean Poetry Contest in 1980. John’s art was also selected by the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to be reproduced on millions of stamps that were sold to raise funds to support children around the world. In 1992 Benjamin received an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for his contribution to the development of the visual arts in Grenada.