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Yabakibou Is A Hibiscus First Timer

Meet Miss Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Ro Anaseini Yabakivou one of the 16 Queen contestants in this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus festival. Her advocacy message is about young people establishing themselves to
17 Jun 2017 16:25
Yabakibou Is A Hibiscus First Timer
Miss FBC-Ro Anaseini Yabakivou. Photo: Niyaaz Dean

Meet Miss Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Ro Anaseini Yabakivou one of the 16 Queen contestants in this year’s Vodafone Hibiscus festival.

Her advocacy message is about young people establishing themselves to be successful in any form.

“This will enable them to create and sustain wealth to benefit them and their future generations,

In anticipation for the  climate change questions this year makes her want to assist the youths of this nation understand how climate change affects them as they grow up in a world that is under threat from pollution and sea level rising.

“Questions evolved around these issues got me motivated to be a voice of education to our youths,” Ms Yabakivou said.

 

WHO IS RO ANASEINI YABAKIVOU?

Ro Anaseini Vakarewa Maivalili Yabakivou, 25, is originally from Muana, Toga, Rewa, with maternal links to Naduri, Macuata.

She was born in Fiji but migrated to New Zealand at a very young age and is the youngest of 13 siblings. After finishing high school she did not want to move on into university because she didn’t want to be in a financial debt through most of her life. She’s currently working at Shopaholic in Suva.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION WHEN YOU WERE APPROACHED TO BE A CONTESTANT?

Ro Anaseini: My initial reaction when I was told over the phone; I was completely speechless. It is still unreal being surrounded by such an intelligent group of women and something that I do not take for granted.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR MOTIVATION FOR ENTERING THIS YEAR’S HIBISCUS?

Ro Anaseini: My motivation is to be an example to people around my sphere of influence that in order to have a form of success you have to take the first step and do something outside your comfort zone. By doing this you immediately challenge yourself in self growth and also open yourself to constructive criticism.

 

WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO AT THE FESTIVAL?

Ro Anaseini: I’m looking forward to seeing families come together and enjoy what the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival has in store. To witness my fellow contestant’s voice their advocacy message with passion. I’m confident that the Vodafone Hibiscus Festival 2017 is going to be the best one yet!

 

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

Ro Anaseini: To be honest, absolutely not only because growing up in New Zealand I wasn’t around the environment of Hibiscus festival, so I have limited knowledge in what takes part means during this time but in saying that I’m ecstatic in experiencing the whole journey.

 

What can you say about your sponsors, briefly explain about FBC, the organisation that most people don’t know about?

Ro Anaseini: FBC operates six radio stations; two in each of the major local languages (Fijian, Hindustani, and English) and its first free-to-air television FBC TV was launched on November 25, 2011. It is the biggest media company in Fiji. It is a privilege being sponsored by Fiji Broadcasting Corporation and representing them, the staff members I have met are all so much fun and really easy going and so I’m excited to be working alongside them.

 

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

Ro Anaseini: Anything that involves children, when I was in high school I worked as a child supervisor for after school care and holiday programmes. It was so much fun being around children because they bring so much innocence and lightness to everything.

 

Who are your greatest inspirations by far?

Ro Anaseini: My greatest inspiration are my senior pastors who are based in Auckland, New Zealand, Bishop Brian and Pastor Hannah Tamaki. They have taught me so much about commitment, loyalty and drive to see people achieve their passions and goals.

 

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

Ro Anaseini: Lifelong and meaningful friendships, life lessons learnt through this journey of hibiscus. But at the end of it all to be reminded that God has done this for the reason that His name be glorified and recognised.

 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITES?

Quote: Your past doesn’t equal your future – Bishop Brian Tamaki

Book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Food: I don’t have one.

Song:  Bring it on (the original one)

Guilty pleasure: Watching wedding proposals on YouTube.

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