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If The Heart Is Willing, Nothing Is Impossible: Navunisaravi

If The Heart Is Willing, Nothing Is Impossible: Navunisaravi
Mr APCO-Eroni Navunisaravi is one of the 13 confirmed king contestants at this years Vodafone Hibiscus Festival. Photo: Niyaaz Dean
June 16
15:17 2017

Meet Mr APCO, Eroni Navunisaravi one of the 13 King contestants for this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus festival.

His advocacy message is on youth empowerment.

Mr Navunisaravi believes the most important thing any youth should wear is his or her confidence to voice their dreams.

“It is really heartbreaking to see the majority of our youths today, being discriminated against, by their very own relatives and family members and communities,” Mr Navunisaravi said.

“Some youths are in this situation because of their inability to achieve what is expected of them. For this, they are being sworn at, discriminated against and even disowned.”

Mr Navunisaravi said he joined the festival to motivate youths, encourage and remind them that no matter what the situation maybe they could rise above it.

He believes that if the heart is willing, nothing is impossible in this world.

“They can make their dream a reality and have a prosperous and enjoyable life.”


The 25-year-old is from Naisausau Village, Namara, Tailevu, and has maternal links to Viwa.

His Father worked as a lay-preacher (Vakatawa) and Mr Navunisaravi grew up mostly in rural villages where his father was posted.

He attended Dawasamu District School, Nausori District School and Sila Central High School.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing and Management Programme from the Fiji National University and currently works as a Brand Marketing Coordinator at Asaleo Care (Fiji) Limited.

What was your first reaction when you were told you were one of the Kings at this year’s festival? Eroni: No words could describe the happiness I felt when I was selected.

It is really an overwhelming experience.

It is a blessing because being a contestant, it builds positive characteristics and a platform which can shape a young man to become a man of substance; someone who can be a positive role model or become a best version of himself in the future.

Working with other King contestants during the past few weeks has even made us stronger than I ever could have possibly imagined.

What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Festival?

Eroni: The excitement I will experience. Most importantly, the memories I make here are beyond measure.

It will definitely widen my social horizon and understanding of people, not only in Fiji, but around the Pacific as well.

What can you say about your sponsors, briefly explain about the organisation that most people know nothing about?

Eroni: APCO Coating is one of the well-known painting companies that has been colouring the South Pacific since its establishment in 1977 at Lautoka.

APCO Coatings expanded in due course to Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Tonga and also started exporting to other South Pacific islands, like Samoa. APCO is the market leader and consumer favourite in the South Pacific.

In 2007, the Fiji unit won the Exporter of the Year Pacific Islands Award sponsored by the then FTIB (Fiji Islands Trade & Investment Bureau).

Has it ever crossed your mind growing up and watching the festival that one day you’ll be part of it? Eroni: Yes, I would say that it is a dream come true.

Watching the Hibiscus Festival on television from a very young age at home, I kept telling myself that one day I will be there on that stage.

It was just a dream back then, but yes, nothing is impossible in life if the heart is willing. Apart from your current position, what do you like doing in your past time?

Eroni: I always love to spend a lot of time with my families, especially my parents back in the village.

Listening to my parents’ past experiences, the struggles they went through in life till today has really motivated me to make a difference not only in my life but to my family and most importantly to my community as a whole.

Who are your greatest inspiration by far?

Eroni: It has to be my parents because they have molded me to be the young man that I have become today.

They are not just my inspiration, but the people I look forward to when I need anything in life and always standing right by me as a pillar of strength.

Despite all the flaws and mistakes that I have done along the way, they will be there for me.

Some of the challenges in your line of work?

Eroni: I would say that the only challenge I have right now is ‘Time Management’.

I am trying my best to figure out how to cope with my work and my preparation towards the Hibiscus Festival.

Since this is a once in a lifetime experience, the only choice I have now is to remain strong and take whatever challenges that come along this wonderful journey and keep moving forward.

What would you like to take away from this year’s Hibiscus?

Eroni: By being part of this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival, I expect to gain an opportunity to discover my strengths and perfect them.

To realise my weaknesses and transform them into strengths.

More importantly, for me to empower and make a difference in people’s lives through my advocacy message aligned with the theme for this year’s Hibiscus Festival which is “Climate Change – Telling your Own Narratives

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Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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