Lossa Bin Sef, from Congo, is getting used to the natural curiosity of locals who meet him through his job as a taxidriver for Flagstaff Taxis.
Easily recognisable because of his physical features, Lossa is never bored whenever he takes a fare because his passengers will not be able to resist or are tempted to know his story.
"Members of the public are always curious about me they usually ask where I am from and I always tell them too," he said.
Lossa is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly known as Zaire and he hails from the province of Katanga home to his Makuso tribe.
Because of the civil war in his home country, Lossa had no choice but to flee thousands of kilometres from his home country in Central Africa and right to the middle of the huge Pacific Ocean in Fiji. He is now under the protection of the Fiji Government.
Before becoming a taxidriver Lossa used to work for Victoria Wines. That was the place where Lossa got to learn how things are done locally, his initiation into certain Fijian cultural practices as some would have it.
Becoming a taxidriver, is something which is completely new thing for this man from Congo. Having acquired the necessary skills for the job and all that goes with being a cab driver in Fiji is something he has come to accept.
Explaining a little about one of the barriers he is slowly dismantling, the ability to communicate fluently, Lossa said: "Because no other jobs here, I speak French. I'm not good in English spelling so I can't get any jobs in office because I speak French so taxi is easier for me, I can communicate with people but still ...," Lossa said.
He has spent the last five months driving for Flagstaff Taxis and he is really appreciative of the help of his boss, fellow drivers and all those who have made his journey as a taxidriver a little easier.
"There is no easy job. As for Flagstaff Taxis, I just joined them ..., they give me part time job, they good to me and stuff, the drivers they help me, show me Suva City, how to pick up passengers and drop them," he said.
Because of his special case, Lossa's Public Service Vehicle licence fee was paid for by the Immigration Department and soon enough he passed the required tests and is now driving taxis.
He first came to Fiji in 2009 after he heard from a church group in Bangkok that Fiji is a good place to go to and the rest as they say, is history.
"I came to Fiji from Bangkok, Thailand. I was just, like I said from there. I was in Bangkok for a while and from Bangkok I was told Fiji is a nice place so I came for visit. I just came by myself.
"Yeah, it was nice for the first time I came in what can I see from there. It was a different feeling for me when I arrived at the airport, inside. It was a different feeling for me, different weather, different atmosphere," he said.
Although he misses Congo and his family members very much, Lossa says such separations cannot be helped as they are part of life. He says he has to put that aside, so he is not distracted on the main thing, which he says is to earn a living and set about getting the means which allow him to a good life here in Fiji.