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Duo Have FBC Connections

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) has had its fair share of success at the Vodafone Hibiscus Festivals. This year, Fiji’s largest multi-media organisation might have increased the odds of winning
14 Aug 2015 10:26
Duo Have FBC Connections
Shreeti Prasad

The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) has had its fair share of success at the Vodafone Hibiscus Festivals.
This year, Fiji’s largest multi-media organisation might have increased the odds of winning the main crown with two contestants sharing strong links to FBC.
Medical student Nelisha Umarao is the organisation’s chosen candidate for queen. Her television advertisements have already started hitting local primetime television spots.
Former Fiji Sun attachee and now FBC journalist, Shreeti Prasad, is also in the running, as Miss NewNet. ­
This year the festival celebrates 59 years of existence.
It has shifted from its usual venue at Albert Park, because of planned renovations.
It starts tomorrow at the Suva Foreshore.

Profile
Name: Shreeti Prasad
Representing: Miss NewNet
Age: 22 years
Occupation: Journalist at the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation
Originally from: Rewa, Nausori
School attended: Bhawani Dayal Arya College and Fiji National University.
Hobbies: Designing new clothes and having unique designs of outfits
Favourite colour: Purple
Favourite food: Chocolate cake
Favourite sport: Cycling
Favourite sports personality: Petero Civoniceva
Inspiration: My inspiration has always been my family, especially my mum.
Issue being advocated this Hibiscus
I chose to be a contestant at the Hibiscus Festival because I feel that this is the platform I can choose to advocate to youths on the effects of climate change in our country.

Name: Nelisha Umarao
Representing: Miss FBC
Age: 21 years
Occupation: Third-year medical laboratory science student at the Fiji National University’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Originally from: Lautoka
School attended: Natabua High School
Hobbies: Reading, writing short stories, swimming and playing badminton
Favourite colour: Red
Favourite drink: Coke
Food: I don’t have a favourite food; I eat anything; I love food in general.
Favourite sport: Badminton
Favourite sports personality: Waisale Serevi
Inspiration: My dad has always been my inspiration and I have always looked up to him. My dad gives me the best advice; two of his mantras I always stick to are
‘If there is a will, there is a way and If it is to be, it’s up to me.’
Advocacy issue:
During the 2015 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival I would like to tell our youths that it’s our responsibility to take care of the elderly. They did not abandon us when we were young, when we needed them, and we should not abandon them now when they need us. The time will come when we will reach their age; we will be as old as they are and think about how our youths will treat us then.
I want to put it to the youths that we should take care of our own elderly now.

Feedback: shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj



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