The right time for Unasa

By Sarafina Sanerivi ,

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FEMALE CANDIDATE: Unasa Fa’apupula from the constituency of Fa’asaleleaga No. 3.

FEMALE CANDIDATE: Unasa Fa’apupula from the constituency of Fa’asaleleaga No. 3.

A mother and a businesswoman, Unasa Fa’apupula, is ready to represent her constituency in Parliament should voters of Faasaleleaga No. 3 choose her.

The candidate from Faga, Savai’i is vying for the seat currently held by Tuileutu Alava’a Vo’i.

In an interview with Weekend Observer, Unasa said she thought long and hard about running.

“It was something I’ve always wanted to do and so as my family,” said Unasa.

And now she believes the time is right.

 “My time has finally come. And I am following my call from God to represent my district and my people,” she said. “I’ve been around looking at all the areas within the district that needs development and I am ready to be the door for opportunities for our people.

“I grew up at Fa’asaleleaga and I call it my home. And I am giving my time and whatever God had instilled in me to help and develop my people.”

Unasa admits that the contest will not be easy but she is optimistic.

 “I know I am up against other candidates from Saipipi and Sa’asa’ai for the election, but I am somehow very confident because I have the support of the people of Faga,” she said.

Unasa said all previous Members of Parliament for Fa’asalelega No. 3 came from Faga and that is unlikely to change.

Asked about her plans if she is elected, she said education is her priority.

 “I want the children of Fa’asaleleaga No. 3 to have the same opportunities as the children in Apia in terms of education,” said the mother of eight.

Her passion to develop education derives from her belief that “education is the key to success”.

“I didn’t go to an expensive school or get the opportunity to travel the world to be educated, but I want to provide that for the children of our district.

“I want to make sure that they have the same facilities and have the same level of education as the children in Apia.”

Unasa’s education started at Faga Primary School, Mata’aevave College and then Tuasivi College. 

After Tuasivi College, her parents asked her to stay to look after them. 

“To me, I believe that we all have different callings from God,” she said. “Despite the different paths that we take in life, we are all to do His will and obey His calling for us.

“I may not have high qualifications, but I have a heart that is as big as Savai’i. My heart is telling me that it is time for me to represent my district in Parliament.

“You don’t need a lot of qualifications to be a leader,” she added. “As long as it is in your heart to serve your people and you have the passion for it, then go for it.”

Unasa Fa’apupula is married to Su’a Pe’ivi and they have eight children. They own a retail store and bakery in Savai’i. 

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