Unasa title celebration at Si’ufaga Savai’i

By Deidre Fanene ,

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Some of the new titleholders

Some of the new titleholders

The village of Si’ufaga Savai’i welcomed 53 new holders of the Unasa chiefly title during a colorful and elaborate ceremony on Saturday yesterday.

Unasa Taulaga, Unasa Alofa, Unasa Sofeni and Unasa Ierome

Unasa Taulaga, Unasa Alofa, Unasa Sofeni and Unasa Ierome

The new titleholders including the Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papalii Niko Lee Hang, were blessed during a traditional ceremony attended by families and villagers.

Bother and Sister Unasa Florestine Penn and Unasa Feleti

Bother and Sister Unasa Florestine Penn and Unasa Feleti

The day was made extra special by the presence of Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi and some members of the diplomatic corp who surprised the family by turning up to be part of the special occasion.

 “I see that there a lot of members of the family are being blessed today by receiving the title,” Prime Minister Tuilaepa said.

Bother and Sister Unasa Florestine Penn and Unasa Feleti
Bother and Sister Unasa Florestine Penn and Unasa Feleti
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with the Minister of MESC Loau Keneti Sio and some of the government officials
Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with the Minister of MESC Loau Keneti Sio and some of the government officials
Unasa Nometa Saili, Unasa Kanesi Sione Taaseu, Unasa Imeleta Siagiagi, Unasa Ieronioo Keki, Meto Saili and Unasa Lagi Fualo
Unasa Nometa Saili, Unasa Kanesi Sione Taaseu, Unasa Imeleta Siagiagi, Unasa Ieronioo Keki, Meto Saili and Unasa Lagi Fualo
Unasa Taulaga, Unasa Alofa, Unasa Sofeni and Unasa Ierome
Unasa Taulaga, Unasa Alofa, Unasa Sofeni and Unasa Ierome

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with the Minister of MESC Loau Keneti Sio and some of the government officials

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi with the Minister of MESC Loau Keneti Sio and some of the government officials

“It’s good because it is their time to take the role of a leader in their family, so they would know of the work that the elders of the family are facing.

“It’s not easy but the more hands to be put into something the easier the work is so congratulations to all of you.”

Unasa Nometa Saili, Unasa Kanesi Sione Taaseu, Unasa Imeleta Siagiagi, Unasa Ieronioo Keki, Meto Saili and Unasa Lagi Fualo

Unasa Nometa Saili, Unasa Kanesi Sione Taaseu, Unasa Imeleta Siagiagi, Unasa Ieronioo Keki, Meto Saili and Unasa Lagi Fualo

The new titleholders came from afar including the United States of America, Australia, New Zealand.

Prior to the traditional formalities, the titleholders were blessed on Friday evening by Rev. Fiafia Toleafoa of the Congregation Christian Church at Si’ufaga.

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