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Double Celebrations for Bibi, 90

It was a double celebrations for Janab Bibi yesterday. She celebrated her 90th birthday and received the Girmit Centennial Award from the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and
12 Nov 2016 11:00
Double  Celebrations for Bibi, 90
90-year-old Janab Bibi during the Girmit celebrations in Nausori, yesterday. Photo: Shahani Mala

It was a double celebrations for Janab Bibi yesterday.

She celebrated her 90th birthday and received the Girmit Centennial Award from the Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Praveen Bala.

The Girmit Centennial Celebrations for Nausori were held at the Syria Park.

“I was born in Fiji. My parents were indentured labourers and working in the sugarcane fields in Fiji,” Ms Bibi said.

“I had 13 siblings and I was third eldest. Out of the 13 siblings only me and my other two sisters are alive.”

Ms Bibi said she had grown up hearing Girmit stories.

“When the Indentured system finished in Fiji, my parents settled in Tailevu.

“I was only 15 years when I was married. I have 11 children,” she said.

Ms Bibi said all her children are married and she currently resides in Koronivia, Nausori.

“I am happy to be part of this celebration here today,” she said.

Ms Bibi said she was happy to see many younger people at the celebrations.

“The drama that was performed by the students was very heart touching.

“It’s good to see young people know  their ancestors well,” she said.

Ms Bibi said she was happy that Fiji was a multiracial country where everyone is given equal rights.

Mr Bala said: “The Girmitiyas contribution to this nation began the very day they set foot in Fiji.

“Building roads, clearing land and harvesting sugarcane – the success of Fiji’s colonial economy depended heavily on their sweat, their effort and their talents,” he said.

 

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Feedback:  shahani.mala@fijisun.com.fj



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