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Lomalagi Does It For Late Dad

Alumita Talei Lomalagi paid tribute to her late father, Ropate Cadramaisoso, after the University of the South Pacif­ic’s graduation ceremony at FMF Gymnasium in Suva yesterday. She said the thought
21 Sep 2018 11:00
Lomalagi Does It For Late Dad
Graduate Alumita Lomalagi with husband Meli Lomalagi and daughters Samara Lomalagi and Etania Lomalagi after the graduation on September 20,2018.Photo:Simione Haravanua.

Alumita Talei Lomalagi paid tribute to her late father, Ropate Cadramaisoso, after the University of the South Pacif­ic’s graduation ceremony at FMF Gymnasium in Suva yesterday.

She said the thought of her dad’s struggles to provide for the fam­ily’s welfare had given her the strength and perseverance to attain a Postgraduate Diploma in Climate Change.

The 25-year-old mother of two, originally from Naceva, Daku in Kadavu, told the Fiji Sun that while working towards her degree and higher education she had lost the two inspirational male figures in her life.

“This was a bit hard for me be­cause I had lost my two biggest motivators, my uncle and my dad along the way,” Ms Lomalagi said.

“Nevertheless, their passing actu­ally gave me that inspiration to pur­sue in earnest my education.

“The passing away of my father inspired me because I had not fin­ished my degree, It urged me to move on with whatever I did.

“I made necessary sacrifices to ensure I got the degree even though he was not able to attain a degree in his lifetime.

“I feel both happy and a bit sad, but I can surely be glad that I have achieved another milestone with my post-grad diploma.

“It was not an easy journey, but through my family’s support and especially my mum’s I am happy that I am here today.

“I thank God for everything he has done for me along the way.”

Ms Lomalagi works as a clerical officer for Shipping and Sea Farers Registration at Maritime Safety Au­thority of Fiji.

She had graduated with a Bach­elor of Science Degree in Marine Science in 2017.

When asked as to why she was pursuing climate change, Ms Loma­lagi replied, “I want to look at the effects of climate change on the ma­rine environment because it is a big issue here in the Pacific Islands”.

Ms Lomalagi added that she want­ed to see the impacts of climate change and the adaptation methods that the Pacific Islanders could uti­lize.

Her word of advice to youths is that anything is possible with God, “so whatever you do have faith and keep on struggling and striving”.

Ms Lomalagi’s husband, Ratu Meli Lomalagi, said that he was overjoyed to see his wife graduate.

“I am speechless at the moment because of this milestone we have achieved as a family. I am a proud man today.”

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: sheenam.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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