Everyday people PNG

Everyday People PNG : Kala Komu

You have to take risks and make huge sacrifices - especially when you are in a full time job with good benefits like good salary, vehicle, accommodation, medical cover, annual leave… and especially when you have a young family to support.

But sometimes life throws you an opportunity. You leave your comfort zone and face the challenges and risks. At times you have no idea where it may lead, and at other times you lie awake at night questioning your decisions.

Everyday People PNG : Glen Armstrong

I came over with Post-Courier, worked there for three years then worked as EMTV general manager for five years.

When I was at EMTV, I produced a program called “Happy Gardener” with Justin Tkatchenko. We ended up doing about 22 episodes of that. And that took us all around Papua New Guinea; places that most people will never get to see.

What we were able to do was record it on video and put it out as a regular documentary series. And that gave viewers a good insight into Papua New Guinea at that time.

Everyday People PNG : Koyari Guni

I work with Guard Dog Security as a security guard and I am stationed at the Block of Asian Shops at the Steamships compound at Gordons.

I started working with the company in 2016 after I moved to Port Moresby.

Prior to me moving here, I was a seventh day Adventist Church missionary in Eastern Highlands Province for 10 years.

I looked after seven congregations. I also taught basic literacy to locals, so they can read the bible.

When I joined the company in 2016, I continued my calling of evangelizing.

Everyday People PNG : Sir Jerry Nalau

From Dreger, Somare and some of his peers went to Sogeri to train as teachers while some of us continued.

Later we met up again in 1965 at the administrative college at the then Six-Mile Annex, which is now called Waigani.

When we were talking about getting independence, Somare and I based the discussion on an incident that happened to us when I was a patrol officer at Yangoru, East Sepik.

There was no road at that time at Yangoru. So when I heard that a new road was constructed, I excitedly travelled on a motorbike all the way to Passam and on to Wewak.

Everyday People PNG : Samuel Boti and Johnny Michael

It’s like a hobby for us. We are first cousins from Kerema, Gulf Province.

We live at Sogeri with our family.

After collecting the orchids up in the mountains, we take care of them until they bloom.

Then we make their baskets using coconut husks and wires.

We charge K30 for each basket of orchid.

A lot of our customers love these orchids.

Some give their numbers to us, and whenever we collect the orchids from the mountain we deliver to them directly.

Everyday People PNG : Joe Boni

I left my village when I was just a teenager in 2004, and I have been roaming the streets of Port Moresby. I have been sustaining my life through selling street items.

I sell only a few items. Life is hard for me. The little I get from my sales, I buy scone and drink. I live at 9 mile on my own.

I really want to go back home, many of us who are homeless in the city and we want to go back to our provinces and it would be great if someone assists us with tickets to go home.

Everyday People PNG : John Vali

I was convicted of murder and I have been serving at the prison for 20 years. 

Three years ago I put forward my application to the Parole board committee to be considered for parole.

I have been in the prison for a very long time and I have been struggling. 

While in prison, I accepted Jesus Christ as my lord and Savior and I am a changed person compared to 20 years ago.

Everyday People PNG: Sandy Kayom

I am a single mother to two children. My elders is doing grade 7 at Laloki Primary School and my youngest is in grade 1 at Ilimo Elementary School.

My husband from Western Province left me and the children a few years ago so we moved from Kiunga and are now under the care of my parents at 14 mile in Port Moresby. 

My father and mother see that I am struggling to support my children with school fees and other necessities and have assisted me with some money to start a chicken farm.

Everyday People PNG : Peter Charles Yama

We went to the Independence Hill and participated in the lowering and raising of the flag.

After some years, I went back to Madang.

Whilst in Madang, I always saw Sir Michael and family frequently coming to Madang.

I thought why Madang, when he’s from Wewak?

But, then, I realized that Sir Michael loves the people of Madang very much and many of his followers and friends are from Madang.

When discussing with late Kagi Angi, he told me that him and Somare started their political career together back in the 1960s.

Everyday People PNG : Belden Norman Namah

I was a small boy and still can recall people dancing and singing cultural songs.

Everyone was so happy about this very important event.

As I grew up, I realized that the event the people are celebrating was on September 16, 1975.

Many people congregated at Bewani station and one of my uncles carried me on his shoulder, to get a glimpse of what was happening.

I can hear the people singing a famous song sung by the Sepiks as “Michael Somare tok na Independence kam lo PNG.”

And that’s how I got to know the name Michael Thomas Somare.