My SKN: Radio Personality Sweet Sister Sensia
Michelle “Sweet Sister Sensia” Stokes is one of the hardest working women in radio and music. She has been working in the music and radio industry since she was a teenager. And her aim has always been to become one of the best female DJs in the world.
You know her voice but what do you know about her life in St Kitts and Nevis? Everyone experiences life in our twin island federation a little differently.
Let’s discover more about how Sweet Sister Sensia experiences life on the islands.
1. Describe St. Kitts and Nevis in three words.
Beautiful, relaxing, paradise.
2. How did you get into radio?
My dad used to work at a radio station called Choice FM and some weekends I would go with him. I used to watch the monitor and he taught me how to play music while he spoke on the air. Then one day, he had to make a run and he told me to play music on air until he got back. Well I did more than that, I started speaking on air and the manager and everyone around fell in love with my voice and that was it! I was around 16 years old when I first started.
3. Which area are you from?
I am originally from Newtown, Ponds Pasture but grew up in Market Street, Bassterre.
4. Which high school did you go to and what was your favourite subject?
I went to Convent High School and Basseterre High School.
5. Did any particular teacher have an impact on you?
Yes. Mr Ron Collins taught me how to be a go-getter, to never settle for less and to always go after what you want. He also taught me that there are more to things than meets the eye. It’s something that I continue to live by.
6. What is your favourite time of year?
Christmas. That time of year has the most holidays and I work so hard, so when I get those days to relax after a long night I love it, but it takes too long to come around!
7. If you had to pick a local dish to eat every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?
I do love our salt fish and dumpling. I can’t resist the dumpling, so if I had to choose I would say salt fish and dumpling with a little cook up.
8. What game did you play most as a child?
Mississippi was my favourite, and netball.
9. Where on the islands do you go to relax and hang out with friends and family?
Now and again we go to dinner at Marshall’s or go swimming over the Peninsula which is one of my all-time favourite things to do. The sea is beautiful, relaxing and calm.
10. What is your favourite music?
I love dancehall, R&B and soca, but my favourite is reggae/dancehall.
11. What is your favourite restaurant?
My favourite restaurant is Marshall’s. I love the food and I love the staff, they are always friendly and make you feel welcome. In Nevis, I love Weekends on the beach because the food fills you up and the staff is very nice.
12. Where would you recommend as a ‘must go’ to a first-time visitor to St. Kitts and Nevis?
Marshall’s in St Kitts and Weekends in Nevis and for nightlife ‘The Strip’ over in Frigate Bay. I would also suggest taking the Scenic Railway; you’ll get to see sides of St Kitts most people don’t get to see.
13. Tell me something you’d change about SKN.
There is nothing about St Kitts I would change but there are a few things I would like to add. I’d like to add places where children can play like a Coney Island or a water park. I’d like to see parents put away the laptops and cell phones and allow children to go to a place where they can have fun and enjoy being young. Other than that, St Kitts is good just the way it is. I love my island.
14. What’s your favourite local proverb?
“Joke to the butcher is death to the cow.”
15. The best kind of mango on SKN?
Polly! Oh my how I love my Polly mango.
16. What major developments would you like to see happen in St Kitts and Nevis in the next 20 years?
I want to see a bridge between St Kitts and Nevis. I want to be able to drive across to my sister island. I’d love this – even if you have to pay a toll to cross, to hang out with friends and family, and come back home. That’s something I wish they would take into consideration and do for our little islands.