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Trainee Teacher is Miss Suva City Council

Trainee Teacher is Miss Suva City Council
Vodafone Hibiscus queen contestant, Miss Suva City Council, Emali Sua. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
August 10
11:00 2017


Meet Miss Suva City Council Emali Matili Sua. This is her story.

I am 22-years-old. I have ancestral links to Malaita in Solomon Islands, I am also a part Maloku, Moala in Lau and I have maternal links to Mataso, Naceva in Kadavu.

I am the youngest of four siblings and I grew up at Wailoku. I attended St John’s Anglican School and Suva Grammar School. Currently, I am pursuing my Bachelor in Primary Education at the Fiji National University.


What was your first reaction when you were told that you were one of the Queens at this year’s festival?

Emali: I was speechless and overwhelmed. It was indeed a proud moment for me, after which I had gone through a selection process and was then chosen from a number of candidates who were vying for Miss Suva City Council.


What was the motivation behind entering this year’s Hibiscus?

Emali: My motivation was my family because they had faith in me and they saw that I was confident and capable enough to participate at this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus. I also feel that the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival provides me with the platform to do something that I love and I am really passionate about community work because it also gives me a platform to address and advocate my theme which is “loss of culture due to climate change”.


Just briefly talk about your theme for the festival?

Emali: In this year’s Hibiscus Festival I will be advocating on the loss of culture due to climate change.

Culture is a strong part of a person’s life because it influences their views, values, hopes, worries and fears. It is defined as a symbol that expresses meaning, rituals and stories.

However, due to climate change these influences are slowly fading away.

Climate change has led many people to look for new places to settle and in this process we are slowly letting out culture die a slow and painful death, simple things like traditional fishing methods are now not known by our younger generation.

I strongly believe that we can preserve our culture. We can start by implementing traditional subjects in our education system, educating our young ones of the traditional methods and their importance, encouraging more cultural events and I also strongly support our Government’s move to recognise our traditional village by-laws. Together we can preserve our culture.


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

Emali: I look forward to the various places that I and my fellow contestants will be visiting and also the evenings on which we will showcase our outfits and talents.


Has it ever crossed your mind growing up and watching the festival that one day you’ll be a part of?

Emali: While growing up and watching the Hibiscus Festival I would pretend to do what the contestants do on stage but it never crossed my mind that I will also be one of those contestants on the Hibiscus stage one day.


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

Emali: Suva City Council is the largest serving municipality in Fiji. Suva City Council takes pride in providing the best services to its rate payers and the city commuters on a daily basis.  The council ensures that the city surroundings remain clean and safe for its user’s day in and day out.  The council is responsible for beautification of gardens and parks.  Also recently they have upgraded Albert Park facilities and have also installed a number of mini gyms around its parks to allow the residents and visitors a place to exercise for their physical wellbeing. The council is also responsible for the My Suva Picnic Park and the Sea Breeze Walk way, not only is the park a tourist attraction but it also gives the people a space to spend quality time with their families. The Suva City Council continuously strives to make Suva a vibrant city and provides the best service to its ratepayers and stakeholders.


Apart from your current position, what do you like doing in your past time?

Emali: I love to spend it with my family or surf the net to watch YouTube videos and other times I would stroll around Suva with a friend and take photos of birds, sunsets and other things worth capturing.


Who is your greatest inspirations by far?

Emali: My greatest inspiration by far is my family as they have always supported and encouraged me in everything I do. Without their encouragement and support I could not have been the person I am today.


What are some of the challenges in your line of work?

Emali: To be a student teacher one has to keep in mind that you need to teach students effectively. One of my challenges would be the generation of today who get distracted very easily and they have a short attention span. So my challenge would be to try and make classes interesting and lively so that their focus is kept on me and the knowledge I am trying to teach them.


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

Emali: I would like to take away a better version of myself but most of all too at least touch a life with my advocacy message.



Favourite Quote: 2 Chronicles: 20. 15- This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Favourite Book: The Big Picture: Getting Perspective on What’s Really Important in Life by Ben Carson

Favourite Food: Sea food

Favourite Song right now: Zoe Grace At The Cross

Favourite all time Movie: War room

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola



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