People

Making amends

Coming back to the flow of life outside of prison and finding success is what most prisoners dream about. Cane farmer Antonio Bulivou was 42 when he came to Seaqaqa, and two years later he...

5th December

Ashok the cobbler

For more than 15 years, Ashok Kumar has been mending shoes on the streets of Suva. From sandals and boots, to shoes and ladies’ pumps, Kumar’s hands have repaired them all. In the busy kiosk lane near Suva’s bus station, you will find his table and chair. He said despite finding challenges as the sole...

3rd December

Take a chance – Semi never let the opportunity pass him

Growing up in the tough neighbourhood of Nabua, Semi Tukana, could have easily been a nobody. He could have just been part of the crowd. But he chose to rise above his reality and be something bigger than himself. Today the 61-year-old creates computer systems for various sectors in the Pacific, a feat not many...

2nd December

She fought and beat cancer

EVERY cancer patient has a different and unique story to tell. Mereseini Sogotubu, 79, was no different. She was not afraid when the doctor told her five years ago that she had breast cancer. Instead, she was surprised. During a trip to Australia in June 2017, she discovered a lump on her breast. “It was...

1st December

Never shy away from talents.

AT the tender age seven, Vikash Kumar began playing the dholak. Today, the 43-year-old resident of Nukuboco settlement, Khalsa Rd in Suva, has carved a name for himself in the use of the traditional Indian two-headed musical instrument. He is renowned for his unique beats and has a number of awards. Known as Pakka Dholakia,...

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