All views about life in Samoa matter.
So says Vouvili Taupou, from the village of Nofoali’i, who believes all these different views make Samoa a more vibrant society.
The taro farmer says that the only thing people should remember is that we decide how our lives will play out.
Aged 53, Vouvili works hard in his plantation to provide for his family. He believes that if you are lazy then that’s how your life will be.
“People have different views on things,” Vouvili told the Village Voice.
“Some say that life in Samoa is great while some say otherwise. My answer to your questions is that the way life is for someone is up to them and no one else.
“If you life a lazy and inactive life then that’s the way it will be for you as long as you remain that way but if you work hard then your life will be great.”
Vouvili says that many in Samoa struggle to take care of their lives and that is normal everywhere. Life isn’t simple; all you need is hard work and patience.
“I know for a fact that many people struggle when it comes to taking care of their own family,” he said.
“But if you find yourself in that situation then the best things to do is to continue to work hard and do your best in whatever task you are given.
“That’s how life is for us Samoans.”
On the subject of developments over the years, Vouvili says that he ravishes in seeing how far Samoa has come.
“Looking at all the developments Samoa has undergone, I think it’s all great,” he said.
“I think that in moving forward, Samoa is moving at 100precent right now. Everyone enjoys a bit of change every now and then.
“On the subject of the holiday season, everything went great during Christmas in my village, it was peaceful and people had a great time with those they loved.”
But even with all the developments, Vouvili says his one and only priority is his family and that’s why he works very hard.
“In comparison to the past, Samoa has come very far and it’s great to sit back and enjoy all the developments,” he said.
“But no matter what goes on in Samoa, the only thing I like to really focus on is my work here in my plantation and how I take care of my family.
“This taro plantation is the only way my family earns money for every day needs and wants. When we sell the crops then I can make about $20 every week.
“When the harvest is big then I can make a little more than that for my family.”