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Bau Chiefs Back Dakuwaqa

Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens forward Ro Masivesi Dakuwaqa was welcomed at the chiefly island of Bau yesterday. The soft spoken Dakuwaqa said he was touched by the way Bau
04 Sep 2016 11:09
Bau Chiefs Back Dakuwaqa
From left:Masivesi Dakuwaqa,Masivesi Dakuwaqa,Emi Salabuco during the thanksgiving celebration at Bau Island yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens forward Ro Masivesi Dakuwaqa was welcomed at the chiefly island of Bau yesterday.

The soft spoken Dakuwaqa said he was touched by the way Bau chiefs supported him and also with the words of encouragement uttered during the traditional ceremony.

Dakuwaqa was first hosted by the people of Lasakau before they took him to the people of Bau led by Ratu Epenisa Cakobau and Turaga Na Roko Tui Bau, Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi.

His mother, Kelera Daunimawamawa is from Lasakau.

Speaking to SUNsports at Lasakau yesterday, Dakuwaqa’s name sake said their name was from the chiefly clan of Rewa.

The name, Dakuwaqa Snr says, showed the close link of the Roko Tui Dreketi to the Lasakau clan.

He said the people of Lasakau were proud of his namesake’s achievement.

“As soon as he was named into Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens team to Rio, he knew they would win the gold medal.”

Dakuwaqa Snr said they had planned for the celebration as soon as Team Fiji left for Rio.

“We thank the good Lord for giving strength to the team as it was through Him that they won the gold medal.”

He said it was at a recent meeting in the island that they were informed that the chiefs and people of Bau wanted to thank Dakuwaqa too.

So, he says, they decided to hold a welcome ceremony for his namesake and for the island to celebrate.

In accepting the whale’s tooth from the Lasakau clan Ratu Epenisa assured them of the support of Bau to Dakuwaqa.

While thanking Dakuwaqa for the gold medal win, Ratu Epenisa says, he was glad to see that the team always looked up to God for help.

Ratu Joni said Dakuwaqa had a long way to go and wished him well in his playing future.

Dakuwaqa’s mother, Kelera said she was happy with her son’s achievement.

She said she was also touched with the words of encouragement by the elders of Lasakau.

Dakuwaqa’s father Jone Waqa is from Cakova, Moala, Lau and he died a few years ago.

The hardworking forward is also linked to Nukuni, Ono-i-Lau and they were also present in  Bau yesterday.


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