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Rabakewa’s Venture Generates Support

Lomanikoro native Sakiasi Rabakewa’s foray into vying for the Kings title of the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival has created interest and support from his roots in the province of Bua in
01 Aug 2016 07:06
Rabakewa’s Venture Generates Support

Lomanikoro native Sakiasi Rabakewa’s foray into vying for the Kings title of the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival has created interest and support from his roots in the province of Bua in Vanua Levu.

“Some of my fellow villagers are planning to come all the way to Suva to support me,” said the 26-year-old who is an employee of Fat Burger in Damodar City. The burger making business is also sponsoring Mr Rabakewa for the contest next month.

Mr Rabakewa treasures the iTaukei culture instilled in him growing up in the village where he still has his mother but misses his father who passed away several years ago.

Six years ago, villager Sakiasi Rabakewa, 26, moved to Suva to look for work and found the culture amongst youths slowly deteriorating.

“After completing my studies at Naikavaki Secondary School in Bua, I came to Suva and saw my cousins who were brought up in Suva who did not speak the Bua dialect,” he said.

Mr Rabakewa said iTaukei youths nowdays have slowly lost touch with the basics like using tulou (excuse me) and being courteous to senior citizens.

“Sometimes the simple manners are not practiced amongst youth and I believe this is due to westernisation and technology,” he said.

Mr Rabakewa thanks his sponsors and his family for their continuous support leading to Hibiscus. He is one of the 11 contestant   vying   for  the King title at this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus festival.



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