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Let’s Go Local: From A Journalist To Unit Trust Regional Manager

From radio announcer, television presenter, to becoming a journalist, Sakiusa Bolaira spent about 13 years in the media industry. He joined Fijian Broadcasting Corporation in 1996 as a radio announcer
07 Oct 2022 04:00
Let’s Go Local: From A Journalist To Unit Trust Regional Manager
Unit Trust of Fiji Regional General Manager Sakiusa Bolaira.

From radio announcer, television presenter, to becoming a journalist, Sakiusa Bolaira spent about 13 years in the media industry.

He joined Fijian Broadcasting Corporation in 1996 as a radio announcer right after high school.

In 1998, he joined Fiji Television’s vernacular programme called Talanoa. In 2000, Fiji TV saw his talent and moved him to the newsroom to be a journalist.

Mr Bolaira witnessed three political coups and had met interesting people during his time in the media.

 

“In a day, I can be interviewing the President and by the afternoon, I could be interviewing a wheelbarrow guy, so there was a dynamic in my role,” Mr Bolaira said.

“I have covered many stories that needed to be covered and have enjoyed my time in the industry.”

In 2008, he made up his mind that it was time to explore other career opportunities.

He is now the regional general manager for Unit Trust of Fiji.

 

He sent an expression of interest to the Unit Trust of Fiji with no accounting background, he did not even know what a balance sheet looks like.

This challenged him to go back to school and do justice to his qualification beginning from a certificate level right up to a master’s degree.

He has been with UTOF for more than 10 years.

 

How many places have you visited around Fiji?

I have been everywhere while doing TV documentaries.

I went to the interior of Vanua Levu, Viti Levu and the Lau Group.

I love going to the islands, capturing that is beautiful and a wonderful experience.

Putting it on television was something I really enjoyed.

 

What is the one place in Fiji you would take visitors to?

Kadavu.

However, Fiji is such a beautiful country, depending on your preferences, it’s a wonderful place.

I would encourage people to visit the Sigatoka sand dunes and appreciate nature.

 

What is your favourite place for coffee/pie?

Grace Road.

The one in Navua, next to my house.

The cappuccino is best and the pastry tastes good and the food is even better and worth your money. .

 

What is your favourite backyard spot?

Walking on the beach.

I tried gardening but it didn’t work, so I spent time with my kids.

 

What is one place in Fiji that remains on your bucket list?

Rotuma is the only place in Fiji that I have never been to.

 

Story By: Laisa Lui

Feedback: laisa.kabulevu@fijisun.com.fj



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