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Former Flight Attendant Did Law Assignments During Flights

For three years, 25-year-old Yovin Naidu has been completing his law assignments in between serving passengers on board Fiji Link domestic flights. And if you think the work of a
08 Aug 2020 10:21
Former Flight Attendant Did Law Assignments During Flights
Yovin Naidu (right) with his friend Avikesh Narayan following his admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on August 7, 2020.

For three years, 25-year-old Yovin Naidu has been completing his law assignments in between serving passengers on board Fiji Link domestic flights. And if you think the work of a cabin crew is easy, think again.

Mr Naidu’s determination helped him overcame all obstacles to be admitted to the bar yesterday with 36 other University of the South Pacific law graduates.

Joined by his best friend at the ceremony, the Nadi man admitted that learning at Law School was quite a ride.

“I did so many of my assignments on board. When I had finished service and had time to spare, I would download all my materials on my laptop and take it to work with me and finish my revision and assignments on flights,” he said.

In January this year he resigned as a flight attendant to focus on his law degree and complete his Professional Diploma in Legal Practice.

His six year law school experience, he said, taught him how to compartmentalise and prioritise things.

“It was such a character building and humbling experience for me, one that I will cherish forever,” he said.

Mr Naidu was raised by a single parent family and said from a young age he endeavoured to serve a purpose bigger than himself.

“What better way to do that, than to help be the voice of the voiceless and help people get justice?”

Mr Naidu aims to become a human rights lawyer to defend the rights of the marginalised in society, including women, children and members of the LGBTQIA community.

Thirty sevens University of South Pacific Law students  following their admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at GPH on August 7, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Thirty sevens University of South Pacific Law students following their admission to the Bar by Acting Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at GPH on August 7, 2020. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

“I want to make a substantial and positive change to help them get justice and not to be treated as a second class citizen. I believe in equality. I also aspire to open an animal sanctuary and run a non-government organisation in the future.”

Due to work commitments he said at times he felt like giving up. However seeing his friends graduate previously, pushed him to strive onwards.

Aside from his family and close friends, he acknowledged his Fiji Link family for accommodating his law school commitments.

Photo Gallery of the PDLP Graduates: https://fijisun.com.fj/?p=513544

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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