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Parents Hardwork Pays Off

Parents Hardwork Pays Off
April 23
11:45 2016


Shahani Mala is a proud young woman after graduating yesterday with a Certificate IV in Media and Journalism.

She was among hundreds of Fiji National University students who graduated at the Vodafone Arena.

The 22-year-old is from Navua and is a trainee journalist at the Fiji Sun and feels very proud to have graduated despite all the obstacles she and her family have faced.

“I never expected to become a journalist, I always thought of becoming a geologist, but after knowing that geology was not offered at FNU I pursued journalism.

“When I started I faced a lot of difficulty, but with the assistance of my lecturer Elia Vesikula I managed to complete my course and continued into diploma studies,” Ms Mala said.

She thanks her parents for all their sacrifices and support towards her educational needs.

“My parents have supported me throughout all the financial difficulties they have faced, they have always provided for all my needs and they are so proud and happy today that I am the first in the family to graduate and they feel that all their sacrifices have finally been paid off,” Ms Mala said.

Ms Mala has been inspired by Shane Hussein a former  Fiji TV Journalist and her lecturer.

“When it comes to the journalism field my inspiration is Shane Hussein who is now Fiji Airways sales and communication officer and Elia Vesikula HOD for Media and Journalism.

“When I was young I used to watch news on Fiji One and the person reading the news concludes by saying Shane Hussein Fiji One News.

“Looking at that I always wanted to be on TV and say Shahani Mala Fiji One News,” Ms Mala said.

Edited by Maraia Vula



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