Popular Adi Senikau On Tonight

One of the most awaited and popular events of the Voda­fone Fiji Hibiscus Festival, the Adi Senikau Pageant, will showcase 12 contestants this year. The pageant will be held tonight
17 Aug 2018 10:00
Popular Adi Senikau On Tonight
The reigning Adi Seinkau Elaine Monroe (left) with the 2018 Adi Senikau pageant contestants and US Embassy staff members in Tamavua, Suva, on August 16, 2018. Photo: Sulique Waqa

One of the most awaited and popular events of the Voda­fone Fiji Hibiscus Festival, the Adi Senikau Pageant, will showcase 12 contestants this year.

The pageant will be held tonight from 8pm to 10.30pm at the 2018 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival Bank of Baroda tent at the Valelevu ground in Nasinu. Tickets are on sale for $25 per person and can be purchased at the venue.

The Adi Senikau is a one-night event put together by the transgen­der community through the Haus of Khameleon that raises more funds for charity through the fes­tival. The pageant’s theme for this year is ‘Out of this World – The Search for the Next Habitable Planet’, which is just for the Crea­tive Wear category which is fused with questions and answers (Q&A). There is also the talent category for the contestants.

Co-ordinator for the Adi Senikau Pageant Sulique Waqa said the theme was really about interrogat­ing humankind on this planet and the fact that they have not done enough to take care of planet earth.

“The search for the next habit­able planet also poses some serious questions whether as a human spe­cies, do we even deserve to be on this planet anymore and why are we searching for Earth-like plan­ets when we cannot even take care of planet earth? For example, the rising sea level because of global warming. It’s going to be exciting,” Ms Waqa said.

Apart from being an advocacy event for the trangender communi­ty, she said it was also a way for the transgender women to give back to the community through funds raised for charity.


Ms Waqa said the contestants’ advocacy was based on those self-identified as transgender, gender queer and the like, to be open to the beauty of being you and beyond any label or identity.

“To trans people, please let us con­tinue to resist and fight against the discrimination we suffer, but let us go beyond that to help others to see a way to build bridges rather than walls, to love and not judge and to create ways that our world can work with all of us,” Ms Waqa said.

“To non-trans people: we are just like you, we just have had differ­ent life experiences. Let us listen and learn from each other, work to­gether to common goals and resist judgment and encourage support and help for each other.”


Ms Waqa said the preparations for the pageant was going well.

“With the change of the venue for Hibiscus this year, it hasn’t really impacted on our preparation ex­cept that there were a few delays in getting the contestants sorted,” she said.

“We also have to adjust to the new venue, but that will be easy since transgender women are every­where and they belong anywhere, and even reside around the Nasinu area. So we really don’t have to ad­just to Nasinu, but Nasinu has to adjust to us.”


The entertainment is done before and after every major category like Creative Wear and Talent. Ms Waqa said there would also be a perfor­mance-based tribute to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender in the country who have died.

Reigning Adi Senikau

The reigning Adi Senikau is Miss Bank of Baroda Elaine Monroe.

Her message is: “I would like them to understand that we are people. We’re human beings and this is a human life.

“This is reality for us, and all we ask for is acceptance and validation for what we say that we are. It’s a basic human right.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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