Miss Hiri Hanenamo believes in confidence

The young Miss Hiri Hanenamo 2019, Serah Vani, held her first and official media conference after her recent crowning.

The outspoken 21-year-old of the Hohoda Clan of Hanuabada Village, is adamant to get a law degree, but understands full well the role she now has to play as the ambassador of the Motu-Koitabu people, through its Assembly.

The 21-year-old was crowned the 2019 Miss Hiri Hanenamo among 13 other young and enthusiastic women.

On Thursday 26th September, she held her first and official press conference with the media.

Accompanying her was Motu-Koita Chairman and Deputy Governor for NCD, Dadi Toka Jnr.

Vani said ‘confidence’ is the best crown that any woman can wear, and believes it is one trait that got her this far.

“I would advocate for women to have more confidence first of all, because with that they can do anything and take on any challenge that comes their way.”

She was awarded with a K20,000 prize money; funding given by the Paga Hill Estate. She is determined to be a lawyer.

“I will invest in my education. I will use the school fee assistance to help me get a degree, and that’s a law degree.”

The Motu-Koita Assembly Chairman expressed satisfaction and excitement to have Vani as an ambassador for the Motu-Koitabu people, under the Assembly.

“We were looking for a cultural ambassador and role model, someone the Motu-Koita kids can aspire to. So Serah will work closely with us and our engagements in the community.”

Toka said the MKA has plans to do more for the young women who come through the Hiri Hanenamo cultural celebration.

He said it is more than just giving them an education and employment, but meeting other aspirations they may have.

And for Vani, she is ready to take on something bigger – the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant.

“I am on the go. I would not pass the opportunity.”

Salome Vincent