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Vakadranu Compassionate About Education

Beniyamino Vakadranu, sponsored by Lamasi, is one of the 13 King contestants for this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival. His advocacy message is on the Importance of education. He believes that
17 Jun 2017 16:46
Vakadranu Compassionate  About Education
Mr Lamasi-Beniyamino Vakadranu. Photo: Niyaaz Dean

Beniyamino Vakadranu, sponsored by Lamasi, is one of the 13 King contestants for this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus Festival.

His advocacy message is on the Importance of education. He believes that education is one of the major tools people need to accomplish in order to gain success and upgrades lives.

Mr Vakadranu said he wants to advocate on this issue because he has seen what education has done to his life, society and the nation.

“Nowadays youths tend to think that education is just a daily basis programme, they don’t understand the main concepts of what education can bring to them and the kind of future they can have.”

He said it was always his dream to stand on a platform and advocate on the importance of education.

 

WHO IS BENIYAMINO VAKADRANU?

Beniyamino Petero Raceva Vakadranu, 23, is originally from Buca Village, Vanua Levu, and has maternal links in Teci Village, Yasawa Islands. He grew up in Taveuni with his parents and four siblings.

He attended South Taveuni Primary School and Bucalevu Secondary School, Queen Victoria School and later Holy Cross School. He is currently focused on festival preparation.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST REACTION WHEN YOU WERE TOLD THAT YOU were ONE OF THE KING CONTESTANTS?

Ben: At first I was shocked, happy and followed by the feeling that it was the best news I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s the best opportunity that has ever come my way.

 

WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL?

Ben:  I just can’t wait to stand on that platform and being myself, showing my friends and families that I can do it.

 

HAS IT EVER CROSSED YOUR MIND GROWING UP AND WATCHING THE FESTIVAL THAT ONE DAY YOU’LL BE A PART OF IT?

Ben:  Yes it was always dreamt to be part of the Hibiscus.

 

What can you say about your sponsors, Lamasi- briefly explain about the company that most people don’t know about?

Ben: Lamasi a clothing business in Port Vila, Vanuatu.  The business first began as an importer of artifacts and gifts from the Solomon Islands but is mostly now offering tailoring and second-hand clothes. Lamasi means store of abundance, began in 1991. Although a small but bustling business, it has been clothing Port Vila for 26 years. It is proud to be a sponsor in this year’s festival as it believes that no matter our differences, we are all one.

 

Apart from your current position, what do you like doing in your past time?

Ben: I prefer staying home with a cup of cool juicy juice with my guitar and sing. If it’s in my hometown of Taveuni, I would go out with friends for picnics and fishing.

 

WHO IS YOUR GREATEST INSPIRATION BY FAR?

Ben: My parents and family.

 

What are some of the challenges in your line of work?

Ben: Yes, there are challenges in building confidence, sharpness of hearing questions and trying to get rid of nervousness and familiarising myself with the atmosphere in this platform.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS YEAR’S HIBISCUS?

Ben: I would like to take away some of the advocacy messages during the festival and empower young people to know and believe. To encourage them to be strong and believe that success awaits them.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITES?

Quote: “In order to achieve something you’ve never achieved, you must do something you’ve never done”

Book: Bible.

Food: Anything cooked by mom.

Song:  Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth – Make me (cry)

Movie: Titanic

Guilty pleasure: Always on my phone.

 

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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