Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi’s book, Pálemia, the memoir of Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, has been launched in American Samoa.
Co-authored by Dr. Peter Swain, the “best seller” was launched in American Samoa at the Rex Lee Auditorium Fale in Utulei, yesterday.
“Pálemia” records the memoirs of the longest serving Prime Minister of Samoa.
The book is a serious work of political history that recounts through the words of Prime Minister Tuilaepa, many dramatic events including an assassination, political plots and the impact of devastating cyclones and tsunami on Samoa.
Dr. Swain’s narrative captures the voice of Tuilaepa and places in context the most significant Samoa political leader of this generation. Tuilaepa’s leadership has resulted in unprecedented political stability in Samoa, modernisation of the economy, improvements in education and health and poverty reduction.
Throughout his long career, Tuila’epa has been mindful of maintaining his political base by connecting and balancing the affairs of the state with the affairs of his village. Maintaining this balance has kept him grounded and connected to his community, and has ensured that his decision-making and leadership remain relevant to village life.
Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has met with the Queen of England, had audiences with the Pope, talked over global affairs with the President of the United States of America, and addressed the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council, but at heart he remains a village from Lepa.
Pálemia was initially launched in Samoa followed by its first international inauguration in New Zealand.
According to the C.E.O. of S.S.A.B, Fiti Leung Wai, Pálemia has been the “Best seller” ever in the history of S.S.A.B at all its stores in Samoa and New Zealand. Pálemia is exclusively sold at S.S.A.B. Pago Inc.