Solomon PM recalls early days

The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has spoken of his early beginnings in Papua New Guinea when his father, a Seventh Day Adventist Church missionary late Sogavare Loko served here in the early days.

Speaking to PNG Loop in an exclusive interview yesterday Prime Minister Sogavare said he was born in Popondetta, Northern Province in 1955.

“We lived in PNG for 30 years. My father established the SDA church at Bogia district in Madang Province

“My father arrived in PNG in 1937. There were seven boys in our family, and six of us were born in PNG, and one was born in SI.

“I did my primary education in 1968 at Panim Adventist School, Madang.

Sogavare took the helm as Prime Minister for a third term, adding that living in PNG has shaped his life under  his my late father’s mission at that time in the country.

“I am a Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea-born Prime Minister I am planning to go back to see where I was brought up and I want to see my former primary school.

 “Despite Sogavare living in the Solomon Islands, the people of Madang still talk about his humble beginnings growing up there before he became the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands.          

Elliot Dawea