Jamaican woman becomes oldest person in the world

A Jamaican woman who once worked on a sugar plantation has become the oldest person in the world, aged 117.

Violet Mosse-Brown, also known as Aunt V, was born on 10 March 1900 in Duanvale, Trelawny, Jamaica. She attributes her longevity to her “faith in serving God “ and her genes.

She inherited the title after Emma Morano, who was born 1899 and thought to be the last survivor of the 19th century, died at her home in Italy on 15 April.

Later, she was able to buy the plot of land where her family has lived for nearly 200 years. Her own mother lived until she was 96-years-old and her 95-year-old son, Harland Fairweather,still lives with her on the property.

Ms Mosse-Brown went on to grow her own sugarcanes that she used to sell in a nearby market town, according to her biography on the Violet Mosse Foundation website. The foundation works to ensure a quality of life for elderly people around the world.

Despite her great age, Mrs Mosse-Brown still reads without glasses and is able to recite a poem she learned in school.

He biography describes her as having “a great sense of humour” and says she enjoys telling stories about her life in a rural district in Jamaica, at a time when there was no piped water or electricity.