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Rakavono Credits Husband, In-Laws For Her Achievement

Taira Rakavono has many reasons to celebrate after she scooped the award on Thursday for Best in Ac­ademic during the National Youth Band graduation in Valelevu. The 20-year-old from Buliya-ono-Kada­vu
15 Dec 2018 17:23
Rakavono Credits Husband, In-Laws For Her Achievement
From left: Savaira Salumi (sister), Elenoa Tabua (mother-in-law), Taira Rakavono, Etuate Rakavono (husband) and Kolinio Tabua (father-in-law)Photo: Sheenam Chandra

Taira Rakavono has many reasons to celebrate after she scooped the award on Thursday for Best in Ac­ademic during the National Youth Band graduation in Valelevu.

The 20-year-old from Buliya-ono-Kada­vu is proficient with a solo cornet and thanked her family.

“Even though my family was not there to see me graduate, if it wasn’t for them, I would not have been able to achieve this,” she said.

“I am grateful for everything and I was really surprised when they announced my name for the award, I had not expect­ed this.”

She also dedicated her award to hus­band, Etuate Rakavono, and her in-laws whom she said played a major role dur­ing her one year of training.

“Playing the solo cornet is difficult, so I had to discipline myself and find ways to practise everyday,” she said.

Ms Rakavono said she would continue to perfect her craft and was hopeful of joining the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) band.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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