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MUST SEE: Le Moana group to performs the 1918 Influenza epidemic in remembrance of Samoans that were affected by the outbreak.

MUST SEE: Le Moana group to performs the 1918 Influenza epidemic in remembrance of Samoans that were affected by the outbreak.

Campaigns for elections are happening in Samoa and the focus of each candidate is what?

Are members of the public and politicians even aware of what happened in 1918? 

Are they looking at solutions to prevent diseases like the 1918 Influenza that may possibly be responsible for losing thousands of lives again? 

The Zika Virus is worrying us. So what next?

These questions and more are being asked this week with the arrival of the Le Moana Group.

The group is here to showcase and perform the 1918 Influenza epidemic in remembrance of Samoa’s dear beloved ancestors affected by the outbreak.

The Director of Le Moana, Tupe Lualua, has dreamed of presenting this historical event in her village Savaia Lefaga. So the people of Savaia will be the first to experience this moving show on the 30 January 2016 at the E.F.K.S Church. 

The group is also here to participate in the National University of Samoa Orientation Week. As such, Le Moana will engage exchange and encourage young people to choose tertiary education in a very innovative way.

They will run workshops in faculties; engage with students at the NUS Foyer as well as showcase 1918 when the Spanish Influenza was responsible for the death of many lives in Samoa.

They will then engage and exchange with students of NUS during Orientation Week (2nd Feb – 5th Feb)  with the focus to promote tertiary education, motivate students to focus on their strengths, their dreams and what purpose God has given us to share while here on this earth.

“Look back in order to move forward” is a message Le Moana would like emphasize during their time in Samoa.

 “If you do not know where you come from, you will never know where you are going,” a statement from the group says. “So to the Politicians and those preparing for elections, what will you do as a leader to prevent this Spanish Influenza Epidemic from happening again?”

Le Moana will be performing on the 3, 5 and 10 February at the N.U.S Fale Samoa, Le Papaigalagala Campus. If you would like to meet and greet the cast they will be presenting snippets and previews of their show at the 11th Commandment Restaurant in Vaitele. 

A show that is a must see.

© Samoa Observer 2016

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