Brown, affectionately called “Aunt V”, sat down with Loop News in May 2016 at her home in Duanvale, Trelawny after becoming the world’s second oldest person. On Saturday, the 117-year-old became the oldest living human on recordfollowing the death of previous oldest person, Emma Morano of Italy.
In the video, watch Brown reflect on life growing up in post-emancipation Jamaica, as the country remained under British rule and the island’s black majority remained oppressed.
“It was like slavery. It was very hard but likkle by likkle we have come up to be a good place,” Brown said.
Declaring that “the best time is now”, Brown said she is enjoying life and is not sitting around waiting to die. She particularly enjoys sitting on her veranda and watching pedestrians and cars pass by.
“Mi nah pray fi dead,” Brown said. “If God gives me more life, I will take it.”
Sitting next to her then 95-year-old son, Harold Fairweather, who is believed to be the world’s oldest living child with a parent alive, Brown also reflected on her love for her late husband, who died nearly four decades ago.