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More Engagement Equals More Knowledge On Issues

More Engagement Equals More Knowledge On Issues
Vani Nawaqaliva. Photo: Niyaaz Dean
June 18
11:36 2017

Vani Nawaqaliva is one of the 16 Queen contestants at this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.

Her advocacy message is: Climate Change in the Education system.

“As a small island developing country, Fiji is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change,” the 22-year-old from Vunisinu, Rewa, said.

Ms Nawaqaliva has maternal links to Kaba, Bau, in Tailevu.

She believes that people should be more engaged more in programmes that help strengthen climate change awareness because it affects everyone.

 

WHO IS VANI NAWAQALIVA?

She has five siblings but was brought up by her uncle and aunt who have been a source of inspiration and a role model to her.

She is a third-year student at the University of the South Pacific pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU WERE APPROACHED TO BE A CONTESTANT?

Vani: I was shocked, excited and felt so blessed at the same time since it’s a lifetime opportunity and I personally believe that it’s an open door for me to experience something out of my comfort zone.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR ENTERING THIS YEAR’S HIBISCUS?

Vani: My family and friends motivated me to be part of the pageant. They believe that anything is possible if only we have faith in ourselves. Plus the Hibiscus Festival is a wonderful platform for young women to address issues and to be the voice of hope in society.

 

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE FESTIVAL?

Vani: I hope that my advocacy message will raise more awareness and help reduce the impacts of climate change. I look forward to gaining more experience.

 

HAS IT EVER CROSSED YOUR MIND GROWING UP AND WATCHING THE FESTIVAL THAT ONE DAY YOU’LL BE A PART OF IT?

Vani: I always admire how brave and courageous those Queen contestants become when they’re on stage. As a child I used to watch them but I never thought that I could be part of the event.

 

Who are your greatest inspirations by far?

Vani: My uncle and aunt who have always been with me through my tough times as well as my happy moments.  And to my mother and siblings who have supported me when I needed them.

 

Some of the challenges in your line of work?

Vani: I am aware of the fact I have to prioritise my time ensuring that everything is balanced especially with my studies. Therefore the challenges currently for me is to be well-equipped with current affairs news and ensuring that I attend all the workshops held during the rehearsal.

 

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

Vani: I would like to enhance my knowledge on different issues and learn from my fellow contestants and gain life-long friendships and build on my network.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITES?

Quote: ‘Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember’

Book: Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

Food: Fish with Dalo

Song:  Seven by Elena ft. Pauliasi

Movie:Gifted Hands

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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