Mrs Rosemay Nankoo, born on 09 November 1923, celebrated her 100th birthday, surrounded by her family and friends, on Thursday, at La Place du Moulin, in Bel Ombre.
The Minister of Land Transport and Light Rail, Mr Alan Ganoo, and other personalities attended the birthday celebrations ceremony.
To mark the occasion, the Ministry of Social Integration, Social Security and National Solidarity bestowed several gifts on the new Centenarian, namely a cheque of Rs 26,203; an air fryer; a household basket; the Centenarian medal; and a Certificate for her service. Mrs Nankoo was also presented a cheque of Rs 10,000 by the National Solidarity Fund of the Ministry and a gift by the Senior Citizen Council.
Originating from Curepipe, Mrs Nankoo was born to Mrs Sonarah Irene, a lone mother, who worked as maid with no fixed employer to raise her three children. Mrs Nankoo’s two brothers have passed away. She studied up to standard six and embraced the profession of maid.
At the age of 23, she got married to Mr Joseph Nankoo, who was working as driver at the Mount Sugar Estate. The couple were blessed with seven children, three sons and four daughters, of whom, one passed away seven years ago. Mrs Nankoo currently has 24 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
The new centenarian has a strong preference for fried chicken and vegetables. She is ambulant and does not have any major health issues. Nonetheless, she suffers from hearing impairment. She, moreover, attributes her longevity to her unconditional faith in God.