FIJIANS need to eat the fruit of the land and sea in order to reclaim the mana of their sauturaga and girmitya forefathers.
This was the message conveyed by the Labasa USP campus theatre group through a skit titled Chinni Kam Suka Lailai which they performed for the public in Labasa on Tuesday night to create awareness on diabetes.
Comprising about 15 youths from the Labasa USP campus, the multi-lingual actors amused the audience with their lively comedy-style vernecular exchanges on diet.
USP's head of School of Language, Arts and media department Doctor Mohit Prasad said the event was possible through collaboration with the International Diabetes Foundation.
"They will be funding the project for the next few years for $75,000 Euros ($F189,000)," Dr Prasad said.
"The funding is in partnership with the State University of Georgia in the US where the principal researcher is Professor Philip Esmerada, formerly of USP too.
"They wanted someone with a background in the arts locally and that was how I got on board to co-ordinate the project."
Dr Prasad said the skit was one of three on diabetes awareness.
"The drama presented by the troupe focused on the theme of Living Healthy, Healthy Life. The message that we are trying to get out to people is to watch and control what they eat."
Labasa campus student Peni Drauna said being part of the troupe was an educational and eye-opening experience.
"Things that we take for granted such as food are the very things that can kill us too if we do not control ourselves," he said.