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Walking The Distance Pays For Lawyer

Walking The Distance Pays For Lawyer
From left:Veisikiyaki Caucau,Jone Magiti,Rokodreu Vukicanavanua,Kaulotu Famale and Asinate Tauyavu during the admission ceremony for the newly admitted legal practitioners at the Suva high court on November 9, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
November 10
13:00 2017

Walking about 18km to and from school on most days has paid off for Lauan man, Rokodreu Vukicanavanua.

Yesterday he was among 24 colleagues who were admit­ted to the bar at the Suva High Court.

The 29-year-old, soft spoken, Tavakubu resident was among the new lot of lawyers who were fresh legal practitioners.

Mr Vukicanavanua said he used to walk about 9km from Tavakubu Back Road to Saweni in Lautoka to attend classes and then back.

Brought up in Nasau, Moce, with maternal links to Wai­levu Village in Savusavu, his main drive was the sacrifice from his family to support him to complete his studies.

Mr Vukicanavanua said his father was a farmer and car­penter while his mother had passed away in 2009.

“I was an average student in school and I failed Form Six (Year 12) but after failing it was not the end for me,” he said.

“Nothing is impossible if you have courage. My six years of studies was not easy but I nev­er wanted to give up.

“I always told myself that If I have made it this far and if I give up now what is the use of all the walking I have done.”

After failing Form Six he worked in various organisa­tions however his lack of qualification pushed him to further his studies.

“I never dreamt of becoming a lawyer, I wanted to be a doc­tor or a pilot but due to finan­cial constraints I had to leave school,” he said.

“My friends advised me that this is a profession where you never retire and the only re­tirement is death and that was the reason I opted for this pro­fession.”

Edited by Rusiate Mataika


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