Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is set to release his memoir recounting his experiences as one of the most powerful men in Samoa and the Pacific.
Set to be launched in June, the memoir recounts the Prime Ministers young childhood from the rural village of Lepa to globe trotting through his studies and working in the political arena.
According to Victoria University Press, “It follows his journey from Lepā to Apia, Wellington, Brussels, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, London, New York and many other international destinations, always returning to Lepā and the Fa‘asamoa that shaped him.”
“Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi is Samoa’s longest-serving Prime Minister. His premiership has been marked by political and economic crises, natural disasters, regional tensions and local challenges.
Tuila'epa’s political career started during turbulent times but has resulted in an unprecedented period of political stability and economic development through his leadership in modernizing the economy, improving education and health and reducing poverty in Samoa.”
The memoir captures the voice, documents the life, and places in context a record of the most significant Samoan political leader of this generation, and contains many useful insights into the social, cultural and economic development of Samoa and the wider Pacific region.
Palemia is written in collaboration with renowned autobiographer, Peter Swain. .
Dr. Swain has spent much of the last 25 years managing development programmes throughout the island nations of the Pacific, and was International Programme Manager for Volunteer Service Abroad New Zealand.
Dr Swain has written extensively on the Pacific and is an Honorary Research Associate in Development Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington. Dr. Swain also has connection to Samoa through his wife, Luamanuvao Winnie Laban.
People have already hailed the memoir as an incredibly written piece of art about Tuilaepa’s life.
Professor Stephen Levine said: “In collaboration with Peter Swain, a superb conveyer of information, Tuila'epa narrates his entry into politics and his rise to power. The book is a fascinating biography and provides a stimulating, thoughtful, original and authoritative perspective on Samoan political life – from the inside.”