Epi’s Dream Comes True

The Qamea Is­land lass was the sec­ond run­ner-up for the 2015 Voda­fone Te­bara Car­ni­val in Nau­sori.

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One bad ex­pe­ri­ence did not de­ter Ali­tia Epi from win­ning the Miss Voda­fone Fes­ti­val of the Friendly North and Miss Char­ity. The 23-year-old spon­sored by Miss Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion wasn’t sur­prised when she was crowned on Satur­day night at Subrail Park in Labasa. The Qamea Is­land lass said she was the sec­ond run­ner-up for the 2015 Voda­fone Te­bara Car­ni­val in Nau­sori. “Ev­ery­one thought I would be Miss Voda­fone Te­bara but that crown­ing night turned dif­fer­ent for me,” Miss Epi said.

“When I got trans­ferred to Fiji In­land Rev­enue and Cus­toms Author­ity in Labasa from Suva this year, one of my good friends sug­gested I send an ap­pli­ca­tion of in­ter­est to be a queen con­tes­tant.

“I en­tered into this com­pe­ti­tion with­out telling my par­ents be­cause I know they would worry and avoid me from hav­ing an­other bad ex­pe­ri­ence,” the only girl in the fam­ily said. “One of my dreams is to rep­re­sent Fiji in the Miss South Pa­cific Pageant and I feel proud that fi­nally af­ter win­ning in this fes­ti­val I would be com­pet­ing in the Miss Fiji Pageant this year.” “I would like to thank God and my par­ents Esita Ni­u­matai­walu and Amini­asi Epi for their bless­ings,” Miss Epi said. “With­out their bless­ings I would not have reached where I am to­day.” Miss Epi holds a Bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Man­age­ment Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Hu­man Re­sources and Tourism stud­ies and cur­rently purs­ing Post Grad­u­ate stud­ies in Man­age­ment at the Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity. “I would like to thank my spon­sor FSC, all its em­ploy­ees, the queen’s com­mit­tee, my hair dresser Ash­neel, de­signer Mrs Ali and the North­ern­ers,” Miss Epi said. “I am so happy be­cause with these two re­turn tick­ets which I was awarded, I can travel to my dream desti­na­tions which are France and Hawaii.” Her mother, Esita Ni­u­matai­walu, 48 said she was proud of her daughter. “I am a proud mother not by Epi’s achieve­ment but how she puts her trust in God and man­ages her stud­ies, work and life dili­gently and liv­ing her dreams,” Mrs Ni­u­matai­walu said. Miss Epi’s fa­ther is a money lender in Labasa Town while her mother does do­mes­tic du­ties. Edited by Ru­si­ate Mataika

Photo: Shratika Naidu

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