Funnyman Tofiga Fepulea’i touched down at Faleolo International Airport last night.
He is in the country for his first solo show, “I Gan’t beliv it” scheduled at Taumeasina Island Resort on Wednesday night.
Proceeds from the Show will go towards Faataua le Ola Lifeline, Mapuifagalele and Samoa Special Olympics.
“It’s good to be able to do a show and be able to give back to the community in Samoa,” he said.
“That’s basically what the show is all about, to raise funds to cover cost but the main thing is to give back and that’s why we hope to raise a lot of funds on Wednesday night.
“It’s always nice to come back to Samoa.”
Tofiga said this Show is different.
“A lot of people know me as the laughing Samoan. Myself and my brother Ete we’ve had an awesome journey for almost 14 years. I think with this show is more of a personal touch where people will know who Tofiga as a person, rather than the different characters.
“It’s a whole new journey for us as well, me and my family and what we’re doing now.
“The main aim is just to give back to Samoa and being here is really special.”
For Togiga, his focus now is family.
“I guess more now, that I’m doing solo I can work it around my kids, around what they are doing back home with their schooling and stuff.
“When we were the Laughing Samoans, we travelled a lot and I got young kids. “My oldest is 11, seven and six. I told my oldest son that it’s more important that he knows me as a father, rather than an entertainer.
“All the money in the world will mean nothing to me, when I don't get quality time with my children. It’s nice to base everything around my family.”
Tofiga also spoke about the significance of having a positive crowd.
“The one thing I will be emphasising during this visit to Samoa is the importance of surrounding yourself with good people,” Tofiga said.
“It doesn't matter the number of people you surround yourself with but the quality of people who have around you.
Everyone goes through tough times and most of the time its the people you have around that can make the difference of whether you get back up or stay down.”
What can people expect?
“I’ve had a couple of Shows in NZ so far with my Wellington Show just a couple of weeks ago. I premiered my "I Gan't belive it" show to a sellout crowd in Auckland in April.
“The support and feedback from people who have seen the show has been overwhelming and humbling. And now I’m going to be performing my solo show in Samoa and for me it’s a big thing.
“I look forward to visiting Samoa to perform my show but most of all to be able to be more involved with projects focusing on young people in Samoa.
It’s been awesome to connect again with my good friend Etu Life to plan this trip to Samoa. I’m looking forward to sharing some of my experiences and life lessons with the students at some of the local schools in Samoa.”
WHAT: Tofiga Fepuleai
WHEN: Wednesday 21 June 2017, 7pm – 10pm
WHERE: Taumeasina Island Resort
COST OF TICKETS: Standing Ticket $50 pax, Corporate Table 10pax - $2,500
HOW YOU CAN GET TICKETS: Radio Polynesia Savalalo, Taumeasina Island Resort and from Elife Events @ 7592000/7630844/7700388