Samoa celebrates launch of historical book

Dr. O’Brien started work on this project in Samoa in 2012. The book is exclusively available from all Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B) stores


The nation came together to celebrate the life of the late Ta’isi O.F. Nelson last weekend with the launch of his life story in a book called: Samoa history and life of Taisi O.F Nelson. 

The launch was well attended by government officials, guests and members of Taisi’s family at the Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi Convention Centre, named after Ta’isi’s eldest grandson, Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, the former Head of State.

 Taisi is known in the Pacific as the great Samoan who fought for Samoa’s freedom from the New Zealand government, Taisi did not shy away from defying world leaders during his time. 

The Head of State, His Highness Tuimalealiifano Va’aleto’a Sualauvi II and the Masiofo, Her Highness Fa’amausili Maposua Leinafo were in attendance.

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The Tautai is the story of a man who came from the edge of a mighty empire and then challenged it at its very heart. 

Written and thoroughly researched by historian Dr Patricia O’Brien of the Australian National University, the book tells a deeply compelling account of Ta’isi’s life as he lived through turbulent decades. 

This book also depicts a history of Samoa’s Mau movement that attracted international attention. 

Dr. O’Brien started work on this project in Samoa in 2012. 

The book is exclusively available from all Samoa Stationery and Books (S.S.A.B) stores. Here are some more photos from the launch.

 

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