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Family Expectations Drove Waqanivavalagi to the Finish

Family Expectations Drove  Waqanivavalagi to the Finish
From left: Roden Prasad, Law graduate Krystal Kavita Prasad, Mohini Prasad, Adarshni Prasad, Krishan Prasad and Kavshik Roden Prasad (child) at the Suva High Court on November 9, 2017. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
November 11
10:00 2017

A delay in his Bachelor of Laws degree never discouraged Atama Waqanivavalagi from completing his studies.

He finally took his oath before Chief Justice Anthony Gates at the Suva High Court to serve and do his duty wholeheartedly.

The Kadavu man was among the 24 to graduate from the University of Fiji and gain admission to the bar on Thursday.

As the youngest in a family of three siblings, the pressure to achieve and to live up to family expectations drove Mr Waqanivavalagi to persevere and complete his studies.

The 26-year-old said even though it took him seven years, never for one moment did he lose sight of his dreams to become a lawyer to serve the people of Fiji.

“The motivation was that none of my Waqanivavalagi side had been in this profession so it kind of gave me the drive that maybe I could be one and today I proudly stand as the first Waqanivavalagi lawyer,” he said.

“I started my law degree at the University of the South Pacific and then I cross credited it to the University of Fiji. It was all about perseverance, I wanted to take this oath one day and serve the people of Fiji and here I am today officially a lawyer.”

Speaking of his support system on Thursday after the ceremony, he thanked his parents, siblings and friends for their relentless love and support over the years.

“I am still in awe of God’s greatness in my life. All the praise goes to the Lord Almighty because without him I would not be standing here today,” he said.

When asked about his interest of specialisation he shared that his heart has always been with criminal law.

“My interest has always been in criminal law so definitely the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution. My interest and heart is there,” he said.

“Being a prosecutor that is the nature of being a lawyer and how they change people’s lives and uphold society in trying to achieve justice.”

Believing in oneself and God was his advice to people who want to pursue a career in the legal fraternity.



Edited by Rusiate Mataika



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