Actions speak louder

By Fetalai Tuilulu’u and Aruna Lolani ,

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LESS TALK MORE ACTION: Sekuini Naea, 43, of Eva and Alamagoto.

LESS TALK MORE ACTION: Sekuini Naea, 43, of Eva and Alamagoto. (Photo: Fetalai Tuilulu’u)

Actions prove your character.

This is something Sekuini Naea of Eva and Alamagoto believes in, saying that too many people are full of empty words.

Speaking to the Village Voice team, he said it’s only when your actions follow your words that people should take you seriously.

For him, he does all the hard work for his family.

The 43-year-old is a handyman and maintenance worker. 

“The biggest worry I have is the future of my children,” Sekuini told the Village Voice.

“The days are moving so fast and there are many challenges. We live in a faleo’o but I try and make it more comfortable for my children to stay. 

“We used to live at Eva but because we have a land here at Alamagoto, we moved here to make use of it.”

The family has access to water.

But they cannot afford electricity yet. 

 “I work every day every week but the money is not enough. Quite often by Monday the next week, we have nothing.

 “I start at 8 o’clock and leave work at 5pm in the evening. If I get home and it’s not dark, I make my way to the plantation to grow some crops.”

Sekuini’s main priority is his children.

“That’s the only reason I work,” he said. 

“I want to give my children the best life they could ever imagine. My job as you can see is very hard, but a job is a job as long it earns money for the family.”

Getting back to actions, Sekuini said he teaches his children not to make too many promises they cannot fulfill.

“You have to walk the talk, if you can’t then don’t say anything,” he said.

“To be honest, we are very poor but we are happy and thankful for everything we have.

“Every time I go home after work, I always gather my children and my wife and have a family talk. I remind them how hard we struggle but I hope this will motivate my children.

“I always talk to them that I want them to be successful.

 “But I’m not just talking to them, I also want to a be a good example for them to grow up having better lives.”

Sekuini can be contacted on 7748607 if you want to help his family with their electricity.

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