Everyday people PNG

Nabua Paka’s Golden Oldies Band

Back in 1968, we started our band and did a recording with NBC Radio. Our first ever song recorded was “Liviti Owai Nabua” a song that we wrote about our village when we started out and it is still played on radio when the stations play songs of our Golden moments.

For the last 40 years, we have continued to perform at any given opportunity and with most of our members gone the six of us are still here playing the good old tunes.

Everyday People PNG: KAMA BRO’s band

The band has two members that have passed away while their lead guitarist left for California a state on the west coast of the United States to pursue his teaching career as a professor.

Though the band lost a few of its members, they remain strong and committed to bringing various music genres for the people to enjoy.

Kama Bros band perform for various occasions singing local songs from Hula and other areas of PNG. They have recorded a song or two with NBC and have played on stages in various central province villages.

Everyday People PNG: Helen Labeli

Having this aid post is very good because usually our people would travel by dinghy paying K30 to go across to Yule Island, as there is a rural hospital there. With the aid post opened people can walk about 25-30 minutes from Nabua Paka to Delena to seek medical attention.

The aid post is a great help to the village people along Nabua, Delena, Poukama and Arabure, as it will save the people and the community of Kairuku.

Everyday People PNG: Thomas Ume

I am based in the village, I see the struggles and hardship my village people are facing and it is unbelievable.

For the city dwellers, we do not see what is happening in rural Papua New Guinea. For myself, because of my profession I was privileged to have traveled around many rural locations around the country.

Everyday People PNG: Lilian Kauba

Lilian’s dad is from Gumine District in Chimbu and her mother is from Laiagam District in Enga Province. She comes from a family of four with two older siblings, a brother who is a medical doctor working in Kundiawa, an older sister who is a dental surgeon working with Diamond International Clinic at Vision City and a younger brother is also a lawyer. 

Paul Turpat: Student by Day, Entertainer by Night

The Tolai lad has made a name for himself with a few singles under his belt. He has appeared on many gigs performing alongside his big brother, Nathan Nakikus.

Cebacazsa started singing in 2013 while a grade ten student at the Saint Mary’s Alumni Secondary School in East New Britain. During their annual Battle of the Band competition in school, he put together a band for the competition that earned them second spot. That was the moment he began his stage performance.

Everyday People: Gilman Hombega

Hombega’s story goes back into the colonial days when there was a divide between the white and the black people. He was just a youth who dropped out of standard 6 and joined the Correctional Services as a prison warden at Giru Prison Camp.

Ruth Bobo: The Girl With The Melodic Voice

She started singing at the age of seven when she owned her first MP3 player. Her inspiration has always been from her parents who were both in gospel bands in ENB namely “End Times” and “White Hope” back during the 1990’s. Most of her singing started in church and since the passion of singing is not new to her family, it has always been part of her everyday life. Growing up, her parents inspired her to continue in their footsteps.

Everyday People: John Aulae

He used the privilege of having a trust fund to start fish farming to address the high malnutrition problem in his district and the province.

With the experience of working in a fish farm with a Malaysian Company 10 years ago in Port Moresby, he returned to his own village and to establish a similar project for his people.

“In West Sepik Province there is the problem of food nutrition and malnutrition rate is very high. I believe that to achieve Vision 2050 of Poverty Alleviation, Food Security and Food Nutrition, fish farming is the way to go,” he said.

Russel Kitau: Tutor By Day, Singer By Night

Russel, goes by the stage name Rus, and comes from a mixed parentage of New Ireland and Manus. His interest in singing peaked at the age of 14, and at 19, did his first stage performance in front of an audience.

Rus completed his studies with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Rus takes courage and inspiration from international artists, including Guy Sebastian, Mariah Carrey, Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry.