Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama & Bimini

About Me: Obediah Hercules Wilchcombe was born on November 4, 1958 in Freeport, Grand Bahama to Mary Wilchcombe and the late Jackson Wilchcombe.

Political Highlights: Mr. Wilchcombe entered politics in August 1994, when he was appointed Senator by former Prime Minister the Late Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling. He was elected Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party in 1995. Following the General Election of 1997, the Leader of the Opposition the Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie reappointed him to the senate. On May 2nd, 2002 Mr. Wilchcombe was sworn in as the Minister of Tourism with responsibility for the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas.He was also given ministerial responsibility for Bahamas Information Services. Also on May 2nd, 2002 he was elected to the House of Assemble as the Progressive Liberal Party Member of Parliament for the West End and Bimini Constituency. During his tenure as Minister of Tourism, the Ministry of Tourism set record breaking arrivals and tourism expenditure. He introduced new Airlift services including Jet Blue, Spirit, WestJet, and Virgin Airlines. Two of the top three films in 2006 were shot in the Bahamas due to the policy of developing a film industry. He introduce Sports, Religious, and African American Tourism. Mr. Wilchcombe was also responsible for obtaining favored nation status from China to advance tourism for the Chinese Country.

Education: He received his early education at Mary Star of the Sea Primary School in Freeport and Queen’s college in Nassau, and the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica.

Civics/Social: An avid sportsman, Mr. Wilchcombe is a former President of the Grand Bahama Basketball Association and the Commonwealth American Football League (CAFL).

Professional/Career:  Following graduation from Queen’s College in 1975, Mr. Wilchombe joined the Broadcasting Corporation, and at the age of 16, became the youngest person to be employed as a reporter by the Corporation. In 1982, he received an in-service award to attend the Caribbean Institute of Mass Communication (CARIMAC) at the Mona Campus of the University of the West Indies, in Kingston Jamaica. In 1985, Mr. Wilchombe was promoted to Deputy Director of News, and in 1987 was appointed News Director. In 1990, he was promoted to the position of Assistant General Manager.
During his tenure with the Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Wilchombe was assigned to the former Prime Minister the late Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling. He also covered events such as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM) in Canada, Malaysia and Zimbabawe. He also covered CARICOM Heads of Government Conferences in St. Kitts, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados and The Bahamas.
While with the Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Wilchombe won a National Award for writing and producing the television documentary “Base Streets.” The program illuminated the impact of cocaine on the Bahamian Society. In 1989, he was appointed to lead the team responsible for the introduction of ZNS television to Grand Bahama. From April 1999 to October 2000, Mr. Wilchombe hosted “The Bahamas Today,” a two-hour talk show on More FM Radio that focused on the political, economic and social issues in the country. When his professional ethics where challenge, Mr. Wilchombe accepted four days in Her Majesty’s Prison. He refused to reveal where he received a letter that was passed to him from a condemned inmate who, on the same evening that the letter was received, committed suicide.


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