Three Generations of the Marley family to attend the Planet Africa Awards

Three generations of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley’s family will be at the 2011 Planet Africa Awards. Celebrating the International Year of People of African Descent, the event will recognise icons and legends such as Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Bob Marley. The three generations of Marley women include Mrs. Rita Marley, wife of the reggae superstar; Sharon Marley, his daughter; and Donisha Marley Prendergast, his granddaughter. The three will also appear on the cover of an upcoming Planet Africa Magazine as well as in a television special.

Rita Marley

Rita Marley, sometimes called “Nana Rita”, is the widow of reggae legend Bob Marley, and a member of the trio The I Threes, Bob Marley’s backup singers. In 1986, Rita made the decision to convert Bob Marley’s home into the Bob Marley Museum. She is also the Founder and Chairperson of the Robert Marley Foundation, Bob Marley Trust, and the Bob Marley Group of Companies. She founded the Rita Marley Foundation in 2000, an organization that works to alleviate poverty and hunger in developing countries. It specifically targets the elderly and youth. Rita currently resides in Ghana where she has been also crowned queen.

Sharon Marley

Sharon Marley is not just the daughter of Bob and Rita Marley, she has made her mark as an educator and a woman dedicated to inspiring and training generations of future leaders. Along with preserving the legacy of her father, Sharon manages a Montessori school in Jamaica. She also works with other members of the Marley family regarding the Bob Marley Museum to create and facilitate mentorship initiatives. Sharon is the mother of Donisha Prendergast, actor, filmmaker and youth activist.

Donisha Marley Prendergast

Donisha Prendergast, the eldest grandchild of Bob and Rita Marley, is a young woman on a mission. Donisha is the daughter of Sharon Marley and renowned FIFA referee, Peter Prendergast. Trained in film, her new documentary “Rasta: A Soul’s Journey” highlights the journey of a woman in search of the roots and evolution of Rastafari, a term made popular by Bob Marley. The executive producer of the film is Jamaican born Canadian, Patricia Scarlett. The film, which took Donisha to over eight countries, has been greatly reviewed by critics. It was screened alongside the Toronto International Film Festival at the Caribbean Tales Film Festival.

Sponsors of the Planet Africa Awards Show

Planet Africa Group thanks sponsors of the 2011 Planet Africa Awards including, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto GM Dealers Association, Scotiabank, Jodal Healthcare, CIBC, Kingsley Jesuorobo and Associates, Kenya Airways, Zavic Realty, Dreammaker Realty, First Fridays and Ontario Black History Society. Sponsorship opportunities still available. Please contact us today at 416.247.5777 or via


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