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Kiribati Girl Wins Outstanding Award

A Kiribati girl who converted into Islam six years ago was happy to pick up the Outstanding Award of the Fatima Girls Hostel in Nabua. 19-year-old Habiba Abdullah received the
11 Dec 2016 11:00
Kiribati Girl Wins Outstanding Award
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar with students. Photo: Ministry of Health and Medical Services.

A Kiribati girl who converted into Islam six years ago was happy to pick up the Outstanding Award of the Fatima Girls Hostel in Nabua.

19-year-old Habiba Abdullah received the award during the hostel’s annual prize-giving function at the school yesterday.”

Ms Abdullah said: “I feel very happy to receive this award but, I did not expect to get this.

“I would like to advise the other students to work hard work in order to receive this award.”

Ms Abdullah has been staying at the Fatima Girls Hostel in Nabua, Suva since 2011.

She also scooped first prize for Year Five Islamic Class level.

Ms Abdullah was born and raised in Tarawa in Kiribati. She is eldest of three siblings.

“When my dad heard about the Fiji Muslim League and Fatima Girls Hostel, he then decided to send me and my younger sister to know more about Islam and get Islamic education in Fiji,” she said.

“There is no Muslim institute on Kiribati.

“I love Islam religion and being part of Fatima Girls Hostel and student of Suva Muslim College, I have had wonderful experience and learnt a lot.”

Ms Abdullah’s birth name was Abaoti Teunroko but after converting she got her Muslim name.

“Since 2011, I have not been to Kiribati. I spend my holidays in the hostel with my sister. My dad does come and visit me and my sister.

“I do miss home but, I love Fatima Girls Hostel because it is now my second home,” she said.

Ms Abdullah is Year 13 student of the Suva Muslim College and she wants to become a nurse.

“Since my childhood I have wanted to become nurse because I want to help sick people.

“I want to join Fiji National University, School of Nursing next year,” she said.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar was the chief guest at the prize-giving ceremony.

Ms Akbar encouraged the girls to work hard and become successful.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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