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Paulini Dedicates Achievement To Late Brother

“What drove me to continue with my studies is to complete what my brother had started because he was really into his studies when he passed away. I had a few ups and downs during my journey but I never gave up.”
12 Apr 2021 10:30
Paulini Dedicates Achievement To Late Brother
Paulini Marama with parents Donalesi Ligavai and Jale Ligavai.

One look at Paulini Marama and you would never imagine what this young woman has gone through in life.

In 2006 straight out of high school she left her island home; Lovoni Village in Ovalau to explore better opportunities in the city.

She worked odd jobs in Suva until tragedy hit her family in 2010 when her younger brother Sakaraia Ligavai died from a heart defect.

“My younger brother was doing his law degree at the University of the South Pacific when he passed away. He was into his third year of studies and at the time I was working as a Sales Officer at a stationery shop in Samabula. His text books were laying around at home, unused and my father asked me if I wanted to make use of it, that’s how my interest in law began,” Ms Marama said.

“A friend of mine told me that University of Fiji had a law program so I applied there and started my studies in 2013. Since I was struggling with my finances my father helped me financially through law school with money from his yaqona farm.”

She acknowledged her father; former South Seas Light Heavy Weight Champion Jale Ligavai for the support throughout the years as well as her
mother who never stopped encouraging her to strive for greater heights.

After a short illness and break from studies in 2016 her application under the Tertiary Education and Loans Scheme was approved and she quit her job to take up full time studies.

“What drove me to continue with my studies is to complete what my brother had started because he was really into his studies when he passed away. I had a few ups and downs during my journey but I never gave up.”

Her advice to women who may be going through challenges in life is to, “always trust in God because he will see you through your struggles. Do not
forget your and always push through if you have the heart to achieve something, you will get it.”

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