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Trinidad and Tobago

Published on August 23rd, 2016 | by Allima Garcia

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Antonio ‘Amigo’ Nadur – The Steelband Award Trophy Specialist

Mr. Antonio Nadur, fondly called Amigo, was born at # 40 Duke Street Port of Spain. He attended The Rosary Boys Primary School.  As a child growing up in downtown Port-of-Spain, he played on Nelson, Duncan and George Streets with his four sisters and one brother. He grew up flying kites in the East Dry River and was known for making ‘zwill’ to take down/ ‘ high hoh’ someone else’s kite. He also pitched marbles with Mr. Anthony Joseph aka Mr. Port-of-Spain. On a Sunday, to cool down he would go to Woodfood Square for a bath in the fountain. Mr. Nadur would often visit the Maple Leaf Club and the Trinidad All Stars Garrat or Attic. He knew pan from a youth and was a true All Stars man.

As time progressed Mr. Nadur worked at Joseph Sabga and Sons and then to Matouks in the 70’s. As part of his job doing promotions he came into the trophy arena, having to shop for trophies for the North Trinidad Darts Association. He found there were few styles to choose from and the prices were very high. He told the late Rod Spencer that he was going into his own trophy business but Mr. Spencer wasn’t too confident of this move since he felt that Mr. Nadur didn’t have sufficient knowledge about the trophy business. Motivated rather than brought down by these words Mr. Nadur was filled with the desire to source an immense variety of cost effective trophies. As we know necessity is the mother of all inventions.

Mr. Nadur got married in 1971 to Mona Ramcharan. In the early 80’s, he really threw his all into business. He began by first acquiring the property at #10 Union Road, Four Roads, Diego Martin and proceeded to open up his business place in his garage. He sold health food items and haberdashery alongside the trophy business. His choice of awards was so unique that the British High Commission in England hired him to supply them with copper awards. He also supplied the NCBA and Pan Trinbago with his unique styles of trophies.

Mr. Nadur wears several hats. Not only was he known for his unique trophies but he tried his hand with acting. Mr. Nadur and Mr. Walker became friends when Mr. Walker was an insurance salesman. Together they acted in the movie Man from Africa /Girl from India in the mid seventies. Also, Mr. Nadur, an avid darts player, founded the Trinidad and Tobago Darts Organization Pub League in the early 80’s. In those days he was sponsored by Fernandes and National Brewery Company. A true lover of the Steel Pan, Mr. Nadur together with Mr. Fitzroy Henry of Pan Trinbago was involved with the creation of the Nicky Inniss Bomb Competition on Carnival Monday. He is also a long standing member of Kosmos Club.

Mr. Nadur has been in the Trophy Business for over 25 years now. The business has since grown and expanded. So too has his relationships he created over the years. The first retail outlet, The Achievement Centre of #3 Kathleen Street, St. James, was officially opened on June 6th, 2015. His Worship, Mayor Raymond Tim Kee, was in attendance and unveiled a statue to officially open The Achievement Centre.


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