Violet-Mosse Brown, a music teacher nicknamed “Aunt V,” was born in Trelawney, Jamaica on March 10, 1900, way back when the island was ruled by Queen Victoria, the Jamaica Observer reported.
She is now the world’s oldest person, after Emma Morano of Italy, whose life spanned three centuries from 1899 to 2017, passed away Saturday.
The secret to living a long happy life is “hard work and good food” — and staying away from too much booze, Brown said.
“Really and truly, when people ask what me eat and drink to live so long, I say to them that I eat everything, except pork and chicken, and I don’t drink rum and them things,” Brown told the Jamaica Gleaner.
Her son Harold Fairweather, 97, also hit the genetic jackpot. He is thought to be the world’s oldest person with a living parent.
Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness honored Brown in a tweet soon after Morano’s death. “The world’s oldest human is Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. Congrats Violet,” he wrote.
“[I’m]happy to be the oldest person,” Brown told the Jamaica Observer on Sunday. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness is also happy for her!
The world’s oldest human is Jamaican Violet Brown, who was born on March 10, 1900. Congrats Violet. pic.twitter.com/AnjXdHK1Kz
— Andrew Holness (@AndrewHolnessJM) April 15, 2017