True to an early love

RATU Penaia Kadavulevu has always tried to stay true to the biblical teachings instilled in him from a very young age. It is his firm conviction that the love of God has enabled him to discover yet another passion in life.

During Easter last year he was approached by some of his church youth members to design T-shirts for their Easter youth camp.

This design has brought him a long way as he has now discovered the passion to do textile and clothing designs but all designs are based on inspirational and motivational teachings from the Bible.

The 27-year-old is the son of Bau chief Ratu Tuakitau Cokanauto and is studying for his Bachelor’s Degree in architecture in Auckland, New Zealand

It was architecture that took him to New Zealand after completing his diploma at the Fiji National University in late 2009.

“In high school at Marist Brothers High School, I found a passion for architecture,” Ratu Penaia said.

“Last year, just through church youth, I was involved in designing T-shirts for youths, it has just been a hobby so far. I have been in love with it since then and my designs are still at grassroots level.

“I’m hoping to venture into it more and this may take some time and a bit of dedication and hard work.’

His love for Christ and the teachings instilled in him from a very young age is still going strong for the Bau, Tailevu native and he believes this will be the only way to succeed in life.

Nowadays, youths particularly those of Ratu Penaia’s age are much more involved in worldly things but he believes it was more important that he filters out things that are ungodly and designing has been an unlikely source of blessing for him because it builds up his spiritual life and it has brought out the hidden talent in him.

He also said his mother was someone who influenced him a lot when he was younger to be a person who led a Christian life and a life full of love, hard work and perseverance.

“The main influence in my Christian life is my mother. She used to take us to Sunday school and taught us every good thing that moulds a person’s life.”

It may not be an easy journey for him and as he revealed, there may have been ups and downs but he will stay true to what he values the most — his relationship with God because this is the only way to succeed in life.

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