Banker, actress, writer, performer, poet, Toastmaster, pageant queen, cook. Janine White is all that.
In 2013, she was recognised by Barbados Faces as one of the distinguished women in Barbados and was featured on their website.
A very creative person, she has done so many things and has been involved in various aspects of the creative arts from her student days at The St Michael School until present. And although she can have you laughing your head off whether at Laff-It-Off,NIFCAor during smaller performances, there are times when she is the quietest person in the room.
A graduate of University of The West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) and the Barbados Community College where she studied Sociology and Psychology and Mass Communication respectively, Janine really enjoys being on stage.
After a short break, she returned to the NIFCAstage in 2018 with a piece entitled She Still Sweet. In that, the audiences saw a mature woman tending to the plants in her garden and speaking about Barbados past, present and future with a dose of humour, which was to be expected.
In 2012, her hilarious self-penned dramatic piece titled This Body Is Not Minewon her the Prime Minister’s Scholarship and a Gold Award at NIFCA. That was her third year participating in the annual festival. She also won an award for the Most Promising Presentation by An Individual, and bronze and silver awards at NIFCAin 2006 and 2011.
That’s not all. Janine copped the Alfred Pragnell Award for theatre along with three other awards recognising her skills in theatre and the performing arts.
With her talent, it was not surprising that she performed with the cast of Laff-it-Off in 2014 during their US shows and the following year, shejoined them full time and is a part of the team entertaining audiences every year. In 2015, Janine also performed with the cast during the comedy show Laff-Out-Loud.
The “fierce animal lover” and member of First Class Toastmasters Club hopes to be around when the longest consecutive comedic production celebrates its 40thand 50thanniversaries.
As an avid poet, her skills have taken her to Washington, D.C. in 2001 to compete at the International Symposium of Poets, where she was recognised as a Poet of Merit. She has also won a number of poetry slams and other competitions such as Baje Yout Poets, Barbados Writers Collectiveand Le Mot Juste.
Some fun facts about the comedienne are that she worked as a CXC invigilator, has eaten alligator, caters for small events, loves the beach, can swim, dive and snorkel, she is Miss Big & Beautiful2006 and she placed second in the regional pageant that same year.