Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

 
Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in www.connectme.com.fj/news/opinion. I thank Allen and Connect for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.

Mother of all Festivals

In previous years young women become queens in the Hibiscus Festival, or like my bubu (granny) used to say Na Adi Senitoa, vying for the prestigious crown. Then power house Vodafone Fiji appeared on the scene became the major sponsors and with the fantastic minds doing the organising and preparations, they took it to another level and now it’s called the Mother of all Festivals. 

But they were all queens in my book, only one becomes Miss Hibiscus. Now we have Kings, teens and Ladies in the lineup also. No matter who wins the prized crown, all participants will take something away when they leave. In other words they will have learnt a lot. Making new friends, strengthening family ties, public speaking, how to conduct themselves in public, acting, singing, poetry, dignity, professionalism, learning about good customer services, are just a few of the many things they will enhance or learn during preparations and throughout the actual festival. But for me top of the range will be the confidence that they will gain. If you have confidence you can do almost anything.

For some they will be exposed to Fiji at large, their skills will be noticed. Job offers will be put on a platter and career paths will open up. Modeling is a glamorous career and if you gained confidence during the Vodafone Hibiscus festival had honed your modeling style, you will get job offers, and you will be free to do as you please.

Even competitors may benefit.
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