I Miss My Mum, Says Top Ap­pren­tice

Roko­duru pays trib­ute to her for in­spir­ing him to suc­ceed

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Jo­lame Roko­duru of Vuci, Tailevu, said yes­ter­day he missed his mother af­ter he re­ceived top ap­pren­tice awards. Mr Roko­duru, 24, and his fam­ily on Thurs­day com­mem­o­rated the sixth an­niver­sary of his mother’s death. It’s a yearly rit­ual when they re­mem­ber her life. “I miss my mom to­day. I know if she was here, she would have been the hap­pi­est mother of all, but I know she’s in heaven watch­ing me suc­ceed in life,” Mr Roko­duru said. “My mother passed away in 2010 when I was in Year 12. Her death an­niver­sary was on Thurs­day. I miss her right now, be­cause I was so close to her.” “She was my big­gest in­spi­ra­tion and be­cause of her and my fa­ther, who played the role of dad and mom, I am at this plat­form here,” he said. Mr Roko­duru grad­u­ated with the Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity best ap­pren­tice­ship merit and over­all best ap­pren­tice­ship of 2016 award at the Novo­tel Suva Lami Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. He was a full time FNU stu­dent

pur­su­ing his Trade De­gree in Plant Main­te­nance Engi­neer­ing, while work­ing for the Fiji Elec­tric­ity Author­ity in Tailevu. He said he did face some chal­lenges as he had to set ex­am­ple for his peers, but he was over the moon af­ter grad­u­at­ing with hon­ours. “I am the first in my fam­ily to grad­u­ate and on top of that I am not able to believe I grad­u­ated with hon­ours,” he said. He said his four years of hard work fi­nally came to end.

“It was chal­leng­ing while try­ing to cope with my stud­ies in Suva and then go back to Tailevu for work dur­ing my hol­i­days, but it was worth it,” Mr Roko­duru said. “I know how I strug­gled with ev­ery­thing but I am glad my dad was there to sup­port me in ev­ery­thing he could.” Edited by Maraia Vula

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