Bula Vinaka Fiji! August is here again and it seems it will be a very busy period. The highlight of the month is the Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival held at the Valelevu Grounds in Nasinu. Hope you enjoyed the fun and laughter, food, entertainment, shopping and the opportunity to meet new friends. This month’s cover story is on artist Sonam Sapra’s latest clothing line, Baby Boo by Sonam Sapra. Hope her story will inspire you to pursue your dreams and rise above your challenges. The mother of two whose family hails from Taveuni was born in Fiji and travelled throughout the world because her dad worked for the United Nations. She came back to the country of birth five years ago and rediscovered the artist in her. We have two cancer related stories this month as a lead up to Pinktober which will be celebrated in October. Learn about how Asenaca Driso was diagnosed with cervical cancer and survived the disease. She is now enjoying the simple things she used to take for granted. A mother and daughter from Nakelo in Tailevu, Milly and Sainimili, spoke to maiLife about their journey when a member of their family was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer and later died from the disease. Our photographer, Jone Luvenitoga, writes a story about a man’s vision to set up a professional association for wheelbarrow boys in Suva and the changes this has brought about. We travel to Beqa Island and let villages from Soliyaga, Lalati, Nawaisomo and Rukua tell us their fears about climate change and how it has affected them. In 1971, when the University of the South Pacific held its first ever graduation ceremony, a young married woman was among those who graduated. We feature her in this issue. Mere Tora, a mother of four and widow, is the first indigenous woman to have graduated from USP. She grew up in a rural village in the province of Cakaudrove on Vanua Levu with her nine siblings, two of whom went on to attain PhDs. She is now retired and is enjoying every moment of it. Seona Smiles reviews two new books – Beginning of the End by Daryl Tarte and Sia Figiel’s Free Love. For pet lovers, there’s a piece that teaches you how to take good care of horses and for our ongoing series on Democracy and Elections, this month we will take a look at the topic “Accountability” Lastly, we have our regular favourites – Food by celebrity chef Lance Seeto, Health advice by Dr K, Travel and Adventure stories by Priya Singh and Ben Mack, Active by Bulalicious, S’Pacifically Speaking by BRG, Fashion Opinion by Faraz and the longest running column – 2 Bags. Hope you’ll like this month’s selection of stories. Until next time enjoy reading!