Gillian Mullings is a legal Strategist and Attorney at Law at Naylor & Mullings
in Kingston, Jamaica. She has practiced law for 17 years, representing a broad
range of clients and handling cases from corporate law to commercial and civil
litigation. A thoroughbred professional, Mullings has been described as tenacious
and highly knowledgeable in her field. This mother of two is also a successful entrepreneur
and owner of “Secrets of Nubia,” a Jamaican skin care line made from authentic Jamaican
herbs. Mullings has made a name for herself by combining her knowledge of chemistry and
her love for healthy and natural skin care products.
Her Early Years.
Mullings was raised by her grandparents in Black River, St Elizabeth. They lived in
the countryside and, as it is in many parts of the world, living out in the country meant
farming, caring for the land and tons of work. While there were other industries like mining in the area, the primary occupation for most of the locals was farming. Her grandparents owned a Pimento farm, which is a Jamaican Nutraceutical used in food
and also as a healing oil.
Chemistry, Law and The Seeds of Entrepreneurship
Mullings later moved to Kingston, Jamaica to go to elementary and high school. She was a diligent student who was great at Chemistry. She loved
science and would set up her little experiments at home. However, according to her, she never really got into exploring chemistry as much until she became a teenager. At that time beauty
trends were in vogue, and the need to look beautiful and have great skin was important to Mullings. So, she started making her own scrubs and skin care products
from sea salt, coconut oil, cocoa and other household products, and they worked really well. The years passed by and she went on to study Law at the University of West Indies, got married and had
two kids. In her Law practice, she made the decision to go into social activism and ended up handling a lot of cases in relation to social issues; the environment, labor laws, etc.
One of these was the Algix vs. Appleton case which involved the Rum-Sugar company at, Appleton , of putting waste from sugarcane production into the river. It was also discovered that other kinds of
waste from distilleries, a mixture of molasses and sugar, etc. were also being introduced into the waters in and around the River. These, unfortunately, are alleged to have affected
the fish, the fishermen and health and livelihood of the locals in the region.