A photograph showing the Eiffel Tower in Paris illuminated in the colors of the Jamaican flag has been circulating on social networks for two weeks. Numerous posters claim that the iconic tower displays the Jamaican colors to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. Others say the picture is fake, while others think it’s real.
The Jamaicans.com team investigated the issue and contacted Jamaican organizations in Paris. What we discovered is that the image has been retouched to show the colors of the Jamaican flag. The photo is not new, having first appeared to celebrate eight-time Jamaican Olympic champion Usain Bolt winning in one of his many Diamond League events. It was again shared on social media when Jamaica’s national football team, the Reggae Girlz, qualified for the World Cup held in France in 2019.
The Eiffel Tower website lists tributes that have been marked by the lighting of the tower, but there is no record of any tribute involving Jamaica or the Jamaican flag. Additionally, no mainstream French or Jamaican media has reported on a current Eiffel Tower tribute to Jamaica.
So while we’d like to point out that this was a “real” tribute, there’s every indication that the image circulating on social media is a well-done photoshop of the Eiffel Tower bathed in the colors of the Jamaican flag.
However, while this image may be faked, we have reported that the spectacular natural wonder of Niagara Falls, on the border of New York State and the Canadian province of Ontario, will be illuminated in the Jamaican colors of black, green and gold to celebrate Jamaica 60 on August 6, 2022, the 60th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence.
The Niagara Falls lighting was officially announced by Olive Grange, Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports in early 2022. The lighting will be part of the 60th anniversary celebration months.
Niagara Falls is one of the most famous natural attractions in the world. The falls actually include three waterfalls that have a vertical drop of over 160 feet. More than 5.9 million cubic feet of water pass through the crest of the falls every minute.