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Late Selaima Veisamasama, 63, Laid To Rest At Nasinu Cemetary

A woman who was relentless, zealous, authentic, selfless and a distinguished diplomat in the short-time she served in the country’s diplomatic corps.
19 Apr 2020 11:07
Late Selaima Veisamasama, 63, Laid To Rest At Nasinu Cemetary
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama paying his final respects to the late Selaima Veisamasama at Calvary Temple in Samabula on April 18, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

A woman who was relentless, zealous, authentic, selfless and a distinguished diplomat in the short-time she served in the country’s diplomatic corps.

These were words that were used to describe the late Selaima Kalouniviti Veisamasama at her Homecoming Celebration at the Assemblies of God, Calvary Temple in Suva.

She died after succumbing to an illness she had been suffering from for some time. She was 63.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, members of the diplomatic corps, friends and close family attended the homecoming service.

Speaking on behalf of the Fijian Government, diplomat Amena Yauvoli said she was instrumental in furthering Fiji’s diplomatic relations with Indonesia and Singapore.

“She was appointed as Fiji’s Ambassador to Indonesia and non-resident ambassador to Singapore on October 27, 2017,” he said.

He said Mrs Veisamasama served with distinction and honour as Fiji’s ambassador for Indonesia and Singapore.

“At the time she became sick, she continued to work for seven months in her office, before she was airlifted back to Fiji in May of 2019.

Her dedication was not questioned,” he added.

The late Selaima Veisamasama’s children and grandchildren at Calvary Temple on April 18, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

The late Selaima Veisamasama’s children and grandchildren at Calvary Temple on April 18, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Siblings, Malakai and Jone Veisamasama during their eulogies spoke about their mother’s virtues. They both remember their late mum as a perfectionist.

“There was a way we would do things, my mother on the other hand had her way of doing things and that is how it should be done,” Jone said.

“Her faith in God was unquestioned and she valued her relationship with God,” Malakai said.

The late Mrs Veisamasama was laid to rest at the Nasinu Cemetery.

About her work experience

Mrs Veisamasama was a long time educator. She also worked for several non-government organisations, including the World Wildlife Fund.

She was a passionate advocate for the fight against substance abuse, HIV and AIDS, and teenage pregnancies in Fiji.

She was a graduate of the University of the South Pacific, where she attained a Bachelor of Science and Diploma in Education and a Certificate in Diplomacy and International Relations.

Edited by Eroni Vuki

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**To view photo gallery: Selaima Veisamasama’s Homecoming Celebration Service At Calvary Temple

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