Updated: Jan 2, 2021
My name is Boykin G Smith, the son of Barry Smith and Christine Adderley-Smith from New Providence and Long Island, The Bahamas, respectively. On 22nd July 1995, my parents and two older siblings welcomed me into my childhood home in Garden Hills, New Providence. At 13 years old, I became a member of the Christ Church Cathedral congregation and the 4th Bahamas Scouts Group. My mother has always instilled in me that “manners and respect will take you all around the world”, and through Scouts, I pledged to “always be prepared”.
I attended St. Anne’s Anglican School from primary to high school where I had the privilege to: be the Deputy Headboy and Head House Captain; develop a business mentality from the Junior Achievement program; travel to the USA and St. Martin for mogul conferences; served as the 2011 Junior Minister of Tourism; participate as the youngest Parliamentarian at the 2011 Youth in Parliament session; and win BAISS Football (Soccer) Championships and the Gentlemen’s Club’s 2012 Gentleman of the Year award. I obtained a full scholarship to the College of the Bahamas and a $17,000 scholarship prize to a college of my choice.
I also successfully obtained a National Grant award and the Trent International Scholarship award to complete a B.A. (Hons) degree in Political Studies with a minor in Economics from Trent University in Ontario, Canada. During my time at Trent, I immersed myself in community service, student government, and purposeful research. Despite the heavy workload, I successfully graduated with several accolades including the very first and only black recipient of the prestigious 3M National Student nomination, Andrew Priestman Memorial Prize in Politics, Continuing International Student Award, David Morrison Award, and Dr. Mike Allcott Award.
I spent most of my summers interning at Holowesko Pyfrom Fletcher, which is where I gained knowledge and client care skills in areas like conveyancing, financial services, wills and probates. Then in 2016, I launched an online campaign and hosted an event to raise funds to pursue an LL.B (Juris Doctor) degree at the University of Southampton in Southampton, UK. At Southampton, I was a Law Academic Representative, Thomson Reuters Freelance Representative, the President of the Mooting Society, and a recipient of the Canadian Prestige Scholarship and Sir Nicholas Green Scheme awards.
Currently, I am a BPTC and LL.M (Fraud and Economic Crime) candidate at City, the University of London, youth mentor and founder of a non-governmental organization dedicated to contributing to the social and economic development of my community. My interests include inequality, migration, tax and climate change.
With that said, here are five e-easy ways you may remotely support my campaign to become the next Member of Parliament for the Garden Hills constituency: