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Very Important To Preserve Culture: North Contestant

A queen contestant in the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North, Vitinia Rogorogovou is calling on members of the public to preserve their culture. “Our culture is our identity and
23 Aug 2016 08:05
Very Important To Preserve Culture: North Contestant
(From left)The Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea, Vodfone Fiji's Sponsorship Manager Adriu Vakarau and the festival President Tevita Ravulo at the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North on Saturday. Photo: JOSAIA RALAGO

A queen contestant in the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North, Vitinia Rogorogovou is calling on members of the public to preserve their culture.

“Our culture is our identity and it is very important to maintain it because we just cannot afford to lose it,” the very passionate18-year-old said.

“Our society is injected with a lot of western principles which in due course have triggered a chain of events leading to culture loss.

“This is why I wish to highlight this issue at a platform where the message is conveyed to a mass number of people.”

The Yasawa, Udu lass in the Cakaudrove province who is sponsored by the Lions Club of Labasa is currently enrolled as a Year 12 Commerce student at All Saints Secondary School.

“I am the middle child of three girls and in my own way I advocate this message through my daily activities,” Ms Rogorogovou said.

“I take so much interest in iTaukei lingo and especially my dialect.  I do not know how to weave a mat yet but I am learning very slowly from my mom and aunties.

“I look around me and see that our culture is slowly being washed away by all these new changes that are coming in. I have nothing against these changes as it is a must to move forward but it is equally important to keep our culture because it defines who we are.”

With maternal links to Waitabu, Lakeba in Lau, Ms Rogorogovou hopes to be a Language tertiary academic in the future.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

Feedback:  josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 



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