Former rugby star and Star Search finalist ties the knot
Former Manu Samoa player and 2018 Star Search finalist, Nissan Aitui, came close to getting the gong in the talent show last year.
But on Saturday he stepped up to the podium and won a bigger prize, when he tied the knot to Meripa Tiaseu Siaosi, in front of family and friends at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S) at Lona, Fagaloa.
Mr. Aitui used to play for the Samoa A team and led the Vikings from Salafai in the local competition.
"I thank God, this is the day I've been dreaming of,” he said.
“We had so many plans but with the love of God, we’ve finally reached this day with happiness. We're so grateful for the kindness from families and friends. It’s an honour seeing our families enjoying our day.”
The reception was held on the grounds of the National University of Samoa (N.U.S).
Overwhelmed by the occasion on Saturday, the former rugby player said his wedding to Meripa is the culmination of their “teamwork” which they sealed with their love.
“I met this woman after the Star Search last year and ever since then, we started seeing each other and our romance and love blossomed to this day,” he said.
While the trend in recent years in Samoa is that young men who marry pastor’s daughters eventually became church ministers, Mr. Aitui said he is prepared for whatever God throws his way.
A spot at the Malua Theological College is not beyond the realm of possibilities.
“We don’t know God’s plans. What happens will happen but at the moment I'm just glad we’re married."
As a rugby player, Mr Aitui usually travelled abroad to play, but he said that is now a thing of the past.
“I’m a rugby player and I mostly go overseas for my contracts but ever since this woman came into my life, everything has changed.”