Mr. Faivatala Moresi, Dr. Nakibea Kitiseni, Dr. Rosiana Lagi, Mr. Penehuro Hauma, H.E Marc Su
More than 100 people attended the inaugural Poetry Slam Night on 12 June at the USP Tuvalu Campus. The event was officially opened by Mr. Penehuro Hauma, author of a popular Short Story in the Pacific, titled ‘It’s Not That Easy’.
In his opening remarks, Mr Hauma described his experience as a writing student, under Professor Albert Wendt’s supervision, at USP Laucala Campus.
He talked about how he was inspired to write his famous short story ‘It’s Not That Easy’ while listening to the fight between Mohammed Ali and Joe Frazier. In addition, he shared a poem he had penned on the topic of the night, ‘COVID-19’.
The Poetry Slam Night was an initiative of the USP Tuvalu Campus Staff Social Committee who wanted to create a safe space for the members of the community to express their perspective about COVID-19 or describe their COVID-19 experience.
The event encouraged young people to express their feelings through poetry. While some poets highlighted how they were disadvantaged due to COVID-19, some poets, especially the young, were just happy that Tuvalu is Corona Virus free.
Nuese Iaopo, one of the youngest Poets
The USP Tuvalu Campus Director, Dr Rosiana Lagi said the event was a great success as it drew many people from different age groups. She added that it was pleasing to see families come out together to participate in the event. It also allowed the campus staff and students to engage with the University’s stakeholders and provide an opportunity for the participants and guests to find out about courses and programs offered at the USP Tuvalu Campus.
Participants at the event expressed their poem through recitation, singing and art. The event was filled with fun. USP students provided entertainment through traditional dances with island music provided by a local band and many great ideas were shared.
The Republic of China (Taiwan) Ambassador, His Excellency Mr Marc Su, presented the awards which were co-sponsored by Dr. Nakibae Kitiseni, an Associate Professor in Sports Management at the Huanggang Normal University, (currently stranded in Tuvalu due to COVID-19) and a local business. Refreshments were sponsored by local businesses. Dr. Lagi expressed her appreciation for the support from the sponsors and the members of the communities.
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