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Nixia Livingston was born on Bocas Island and raised in Bastimento, where she attended school and played sports like football, baseball, and her favorite sport: basketball. Although she was a fan of reggae music growing up, she is now a member of her church’s chorus, and cites her spirituality and her belief in God as the one thing that got her through her mother’s recent death. Still living in the area in which she was raised, Nixia heads a youth dance group that performs African dances around Bocas and Bastimento; this is one of her greatest passions in life. According to her, West Indian or “black” Panamanians must not lose their culture; the older generations must set an example for the youth about how to preserve their heritage. Nixia is now married and the mother of two children who are bilingual.