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100 nights end

Repeka Nasiko
Sunday, March 09, 2014

THE 100 nights mourning period for the late Nadroga paramount chief, Ratu Sakiusa Makutu, came to an end in Cuvu Village on Friday.

In a traditional ceremony held at the chief's residence of Naqeledamu, women from the chiefly family removed the black attire they'd worn over the past 100 nights symbolising the end of their mourning.

Mata ni tikina (district rep) Cuvu Ratu Tevita Nadriubalavu Makutu said the event was a solemn occasion, especially for the family of the high chief.

"And for the family of the Na Kalevu, it was a time when they were grieving for his loss," he said.

"It is not an easy thing to do and that burden has finally been lifted."

Ratu Tevita said the people of Nadroga would also remember the sacrifices made by the chief's children and his wife, Torika Lotu.

"We remember her sacrifice during this time. She gave up a lot to go through this period with her children and we are grateful to her.

"We the tikina of Cuvu and the people of Nadroga mourned with her."

Ratu Tevita thanked the chiefly families from the different confederacies who were present during the 100 nights.

"We thank Ratu Epenisa Seru Cakobau representing the vanua o Kubuna, na Vunivalu na Tui Kaba, na Vunivalu na Roko Tui Dreketi and those from Taba ni Vono and the vanua o Nadroga.

"A special thank you to the First Lady Adi Koila Nailatikau and her sister Adi Ateca for also taking time to come to Naqeledamu."

Ratu Sakiusa is survived by his wife Torika Lotu and five children — Adi Litia, Adi Asenaca, Ratu Tevita, Ratu Penijiamini and Ratu Timoci.

The paramount chief of Nadroga died at the age of 66.

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