I first met Ramiro Crawford at a gathering of friends at the Taste of The Caribbean event hosted by Jeanetta Owens of La Terraza Guest House B&B in Grecia, Costa Rica, in April of this year. The event was fantastic, with expats from mostly the central valley in attendance highlighting the different foods of the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Ramiro supplied the background music and talked about the rich and varied history of Limon, Costa Rica, and the African Diaspora in the region.
Ramiro is a man of many accomplishments and accolades, too numerous to mention in this post, but I will attempt to highlight a few. Ramiro is a graduate of Agricultural Economics and carries the professional title of Agricultural Engineer and was on the faculty of Agronomy at the University of Costa Rica in 1980. His academic training includes mastering in Agricultural Education, University of Reading, England, Great Britain, and writing a degree thesis: “The Potential Role of the Universities in the Development of the Fishing Industry and the Fisherman of Costa Rica” in 1985.
Mr. Crawford was Head of Institutional Marketing Department of the Board of Port Administration and Economic Development of the Atlantic Slope (JAPDEVA), Puerto Limon, Costa Rica 1999 – 2001. Ramiro is Director and Editor of Limon Roots “La Revista del Gran Caribe” international publication. The only media of its kind in the Americas Continent with a multicultural and multi-ethnic emphasis started 21 years ago. Ramiro premiered a radio program, “Limon: Beginning a World of Opportunities,” eight years ago on Pacific Casino and Stereo Bahia Radio.
He is the Coordinator-General of Limon Roots Afro Cultural Festival, the largest of its kind in Central America since 1999. He is involved with the Dia del Negro y la Cultura Afro-Costarricense Celebration held on August 31st.
Ramiro is fluent in Spanish, English, Creole, and medium-level Portuguese, and I might say “quite a resume for a man that’s just getting started.”