Quiet yet confident
14 August, 2018, 4:00 am
A QUIET and obedient teenager, Samuela Dakuikaba continues to set a good example to his friends and those who look up to him at school.
Samuela, who is the head boy of Ratu Sukuna Memorial School, who was awarded the Baton of Honour during the school’s passing-out parade at the Albert Park in Suva last week.
Samuela is from Somosomo Village on Gau, Lomaiviti and has maternal links to Vuisiga Village in Naitasiri.
He led 725 students, managing complex marching sequence and maneuvering through the part in a unified formation in their four-house colours.
Samuela’s mother, Tulia Togamalo, couldn’t contain her joy as she emotionally described her son’s life at home.
“My son has always been an obedient boy at home and being the youngest, he continues to strive to be better at what he does, whether it’s through school work or his leadership role as the school head boy,” Mrs Togamalo said.
“He listens to what we tell him and if he goes to town he always returns on time and doesn’t spend a lot of time with friends.
“What we have noticed with Samuela is that he manages his time well and often spends it with family especially doing his chores and helping his father out.
“I’m so proud of his achievement and to be able to command a big number of students through military training is impressive.”
Samuela hopes to pursue a career in civil engineering and maybe join the Royal Air Force some day.
He said the military training had taught him a lot about discipline, leadership, respect and being confident in the public eye.
“I thank God for giving me the courage and the strength to command the school during the passing-out parade,” he said.
“The training was intense because we had only a few weeks to work on the drills and everyone had to work as a team in order for us to showcase a good parade.”
He said the weeks building up to the passing-out parade date were hard on most of the students, but everyone pushed through to complete all the military drills.
“It’s hard leading students in school and in military training. Everyone was learning and I thank the other students for allowing me to lead them during the parade.”