Miss Friendly North dedicates win to late dad

Miss Friendly North Naima Shazmeen with her mum Nazmin Nisha at their home yesterday. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

LOSING her dad mysteriously at the age of 11 was not easy for Naima Shazmeen and as she was crowned Miss Friendly North on Saturday night, she shed tears of joy as sweet memories of the late policeman unfolded.

During an interview yesterday, she spoke bravely about what she experienced and how her dad disappeared in 2007 in waters of Lomaiviti.

“This crown of victory is also for my dad. I just thought of him and how we used to spend good times together while in Levuka where he was working as a policeman,” the 23-year-old intern pharmacist said.

“My dad travelled to Buresala to drop off his superiors and later went on a fishing trip and never returned.

“We don’t know where he died or how he died and we have not heard anything again about his disappearance and I miss him each day.”

The Labasa Hospital employee described her participation in the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North as empowering and one that has broadened her knowledge on important issues.

“I used to see the Fiji Sugar Corporation Mill all the time while growing up in Labasa but didn’t really understand how it worked and its importance to the nation,” Ms Shazmeen said.

“Now I know more about it and appreciate the input of growers and the FSC team after I learnt a few things during our visit to the mill.”

Ms Shazmeen who will represent Labasa in the Miss Fiji Pageant is positive about her involvement and will also promote the Friendly North spirit.

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