Michael Thomas

‘passionate’: Michael Thomas, who is called the Pone Emperor, walks by the Ministry of Education on St Vincent St in Port of Spain on August 30.

—Photo: Jermaine Cruickshank

YOU MAY have seen him walking the streets of Port of Spain. He’s always dressed to the nines in his shirt and matching tie, sporting our national flag on his shirt sleeve. He holds an army-green case in each hand with neat rows of delicious, homemade cassava pone inside. His afro may be greying but this 64-year-old business man is not thinking about retirement. For Michael Thomas, the ‘Pone Emperor’ of Port of Spain, this is not work, but his passion.

While the pone business started 20-odd years ago, Thomas felt called to business since childhood. In an interview with the Express, he spoke of his long-time entrepreneurial spirit.

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