The village of Vailu’utai welcomed 48 new holders of three different orator titles during a colourful and elaborate ceremony on Friday morning.
The three orator (tulafale) titles were Lio, Fa’aletaua and Atigiolauga.
The ceremony was held at the Maota o Tipolo.
Speaking to the Sunday Samoan, a representative of the family, Lio Fanaea Olai said their family has grown hence the need for new title holders.
“As you can see, there are so many people, so it means the family is growing,” he said.
“The main purpose is that each family has someone to look after their family whether they are residing here or from overseas.”
“It’s such a wonderful thing seeing the family come together.”
“This has been planned for some time now and we have decided to do it this time of the year because everyone had plans to come visit their families and friends and most especially spend the festive season with our families here in Samoa.”
Rev. Mose Galuvao of the Vailuutai Congregational Christian Church conducted the service.
“You have been chosen by your families to be leaders,” he said.
“A great leader leads by example and most especially with love. You are here to serve not to be served and always remember to put God first.”
“Love is the key to your calling.”
“If you show love, your family will love you back and they will support you all the way.”
“God bless the new chosen leaders of this family.”