This #OneonOne is one that is very close to my heart. Ferdina Framption is a name very well known across Dominica, she is a Media Personality, an Executive and most importantly one of the most kindhearted individuals that I have had the pleasure of meeting. I am so proud to call her a friend and a mentor.
First off thank you so much for agreeing to this interview. Media Personality, Judge and Marketing and Communications Lead and so much more. You have so many titles under your belt but if you had to describe who is Ferdina Frampton what would you say?
Its my absolute pleasure my dear. Ferdina is the daughter of the late Ferdinand Frampton and Linda Jno-Jules Drigo both of the beautiful southern village of Pichelin. I am an extremely hard working, committed individual who is always willing to contribute to people and country in any way possible.
Shermaine Green-Brown once told me that I have an infectious personality and I have come to agree as many will also endorse. I hurt easily and can be quick to tears, but can be equally firm in my pursuit of defending myself or a cause. I try my best to be a good person and to do what I believe is right.
Your father the late Ferdinand Frampton was widely recognized for his work in the media. Do you think that put a lot of pressure and expectations on you when you began your work in the media?
My introduction to media was at the tender age of sixteen. At the time I was a student at the Sixth form college and my father then, was the Program Director at the Voice of the Islands Radio. One of the reporters there was leaving and my father asked me to join the team and the rest is history. Because I started so young and gained immense experience over the years, I think I was confident in my abilities and as a result never really felt significant pressure to live up to any specific expectations.
My father was a media stalwart, a pioneer and I am forever indebted to him for my success in this field.
What influenced you to go up for the National Queen show and how did this impact your life?
That’s a good question Kerdisha. I was approached by my former Dominica Grammar School teacher Nigel Francis as a potential contestant. Nigel who was the chairperson of the QSC, thought I would be good candidate. To be honest, I was quite reluctant, considering that I was a bit on the heavy side, but with persuasion by the committee, I caved in and registered. I lost the weight, and was ready for competition on the night. I emerged 2nd running, copping awards for Miss Intelligence Application of Mind and Miss Amity.
I remember using the cash award as a down payment for my first vehicle, so in essence I was happy for the experience and the opportunity to become mobile. Lol
Who would you say was the most influential person in your life?
My father will always be the person who influenced my life the most. His introduction of me to media and communication has contributed to the path that my career and life has taken and I thank him eternally. .I know he continues to watch over me and guide my decisions.
If you would have given me the option of a second influencer, it would be Oprah Winfrey. lol
Your work ethic is one that is held in high regard, how do you balance work and an active social life?
I am a very committed individual who will give more than 100% to my job and anything that I am involved in. Contrary to what many may think, I am not much of a social butterfly. My preference is always to stay home and binge watch my favorite shows on Netflix or a good movie on Lifetime. It can be very taxing sometimes to balance the both, but I presume since I don’t yet have a ‘family’, I have been able to manage. I will admit though that exhaustion has been a very good friend of mine, more often than I would have liked.
What was the spark that led you to create the Miss Pleasantly Plump and beautiful Pageant?
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the manner in which the previous shows were presented and produced. When I realized that the show was on hiatus for a couple of years from the last staging, I figured that I could take on the challenge and present plus size ladies in a manner that the original organizer ‘Valda Bruno-Durand’ intended.
So I gathered some amazing, experienced ladies including Romualda Hyacinth and Anna-Maria John (the first Dominican plus size queen) to put on a classy, well organized show. The show was a success, however unfortunately due to increased work demands, it has been a challenge to continue staging the Miss Pleasantly Plump & Beautiful Pageant.
I am keen however, to bring it back in the near future, hopefully next year.
Your weekly radio program ‘In The Spotlight’ is one that is widely listened to and praised. Did you ever think that it would have the reach that it has right now?
I knew that the program would have done well simply because people are fascinated and intrigued with the stories of other people. The program allows for the guests to be comfortable and to freely share their stories. People like that, and so they tune in from far and wide to listen to the stories.
I really enjoy bringing this program to the airwaves every Monday night and invite everyone to continue listening. Thank you for the support that you provide as well Kerdisha.
You’ve been Judging for quite a while is there a technique which you use which makes you a highly desired judge?
I do not use any particular technique per say, except that I try my best to follow the judging criteria provided and to be impartial and fair in my judgement. It’s also something that I thoroughly enjoy doing in spite of the fact that people tend to chastise you if the result is not in their favour or that of their contestant/competitor.
What would you say is one of the biggest challenges you have had to overcome in your life?
On the 7th of November in 2016, I underwent Trabeculectomy surgery. This is a surgical operation which lowers the intraocular pressure inside the eye in patients with glaucoma.
This was one of the most challenging experiences for me as I had never undergone any type of surgery before, and so with eye surgery being my first experience, it really frightened me. The surgery itself was difficult and having to be inactive for three months made the situation even more dire. .
If you had to give advice to a younger Ferdina what would it be?
Oh boy. I would have advised a young Ferdina to be a much stronger individual. I experienced many personal challenges, especially during my teenage years. I won’t expound or go into much detail, but I would have liked that young Ferdina to be more bold, outspoken and strong.
Can you give three facts about yourself that people would be surprised to know?
- I wouldn’t call myself a chef, but I can cook up a storm
- Since my introduction to weaves I have become quite addictive
- I revel in alone time