Speaker recounts FBC memories growing up
November 10, 2019 6:52 am
It’s was an impromptu yet memorable addition to the Fijian Broadcasting Corporations 65th birthday celebrations Friday night.
Honored guest, former President and current Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau recollected how growing up, FBC radio was a mainstay for every household and a meeting place for many rural communities.
Ratu Epeli spoke about how families would wait to listen to FBC in the early evenings and how because there were no Fijian records at the time, villagers from across the country would be asked to perform live on radio.
The Speaker recounting how his own Grandmother’s life transcended a radio broadcast and had him delivering a summons of sorts.
“So I had the displeasure of going to the house and calling them to come to see my Grandmother and when they got there, my Grandmother said, why did u sing that song? And no one could answer the thing. What they did not know is that the song was a love song about her which went wrong.”
The Speaker notably nostalgic of FBC’s impact on his life and naturally excited about its future and contribution to Fiji’s development.