Following the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) win in the September 2020 general elections, Alando Nathaniel Terrelonge was re-elected Member of Parliament for East Central St Catherine. This marks a consecutive historic feat after his previous win in the 2016 elections where he became the first member of the JLP to win a seat in the Municipality of Portmore in 36 years. This remarkable achievement cements his self-described role of making a positive impact in the lives of his constituents, playing his part in building a stronger and more prosperous Jamaica.
On September 15, 2020, he was appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport. This would be his second appointment as Minister of State in this Ministry. For his contribution to the strategic direction of the Ministry, Terrelonge is keen to focus on certain key pillars: the preservation and promotion of cultural and natural heritage; cultural industries; culture as a tool for development; gender and identity matters as featured in the global lexicon of the 21st century, and how these translate to the local context; entertainment entrepreneurialism and the development of the industry within the global digital sphere; sport as a tool for nation building and global partnership.
Before his reassignment to the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, he served as Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information, with direct portfolio responsibility for Youth and Information. During his tenure as Youth Minister, he popularised the moniker, LIT Boss, in reference to his call to action for the young people of Jamaica to always Lead, Inspire and Transform their respective spheres of influence. He refers to the Jamaican youth as young kings and young queens and constantly reminds them that an education is the best gift they can give themselves - the ultimate tool of empowerment, and the one thing that can never be taken away from them.
Alando was born to Winsome and Calvin Terrelonge in Grants Pen, St Andrew. He attended the Shortwood Basic and Half-Way-Tree Primary Schools. He always dreamt of becoming a lawyer and was taught the values of a good education by his parents. He never misses an opportunity to quote his mother’s favourite expression: “If you want good, you nose haffi run;” to this he attributes much of his personal and professional success.
He is a graduate of Campion College, and the University of the West Indies, where he studied Law. He was admitted to the Jamaican Bar after successfully completing his legal education at the Norman Manley Law School, where he was the recipient of several awards and represented the Law School and Jamaica internationally.
In 2008, he was awarded the Chevening Scholarship by the British Council in Jamaica, to pursue a master’s degree at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. There he studied International Relations, International Criminal Law, and International Human Rights. Following his master’s programme, he moved to Madrid, Spain, where he worked with an independent European think tank, The FRIDE (Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior, Spanish for "Foundation for International Relations and Foreign Dialogue").
Terrelonge returned to Jamaica in 2010, and began to lend his voice to the dialogue surrounding social issues necessary to effect change and development of our society. He became a guest columnist for local newspapers, the Gleaner, and the Observer, writing about politics, law, and social justice. He has been featured on Profile with Ian Boyne, as well as other television and radio programmes speaking about law and politics. In 2011, led by his passion for both law and education, he became an associate tutor of Trial Advocacy at his alma mater, the Norman Manley Law School.
His commitment to nation building has pivoted him into the political arena where he continues to lead inspire and transform. #LIT