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Henrietta Lee Devoe Ah Chong
Author of O le Va'a Folau
Henrietta launched her first book at Manumea Hotel in 2011 called Treasures of My Soul. It was published by the National University of Samoa and is used for some of the University’s programs.
She attended Avele College, Wiley Park Girls High in Australia, Robert Louis Stevenson School, UPY at the National University of Samoa, graduating with a scholarship in Arts. She then found the love of her life and got married in 2002.
She has 6 children now and is still married to her husband of 16 years, Moses Ah Chong. She was a top debater in Australia and Robert Louis Secondary School with a love of the English subject and writing. Henrietta also created and produced a musical theatrical in Samoa called Grease Polynesia, that made the National Newspaper, reviewing it as a hit show with an attendance of 3000 people.
She has tried her hand at many business ventures like car importing from Japan, Video Shop, Takeaway restaurant, Tyre Exporter and was also contracted to Skills Update as a Social Media Manager in 2017. Her motto is God first for everything and failures are learning curves.
She migrated with her family to New Zealand in 2011 and focused on raising her family and wrote whenever she could.
In 2016, she was offered a publishing contract from London and New Zealand. She turned them both down as she wanted to own the rights to her writing, and also open up her own publishing company.
In 2018, she has finally achieved that. Her future aspirations are to incorporate her writing with music and theatre and have studios for both, nevertheless help NZ authors self-publish their writing in affordable ways.
She is a devout Christian that loves God, and gives credit to God for everything she achieves.
Henrietta will be doing a book signing and reading at the launch of her book at SSAB Sei Oriana in Mangere this coming Thursday 31 May at 6pm. Perfect timing to co-incide with Samoa Language Week!
Samoa Business Network & SSAB Sei Oriana invite you to join us for the Official Launch of 'O le Va'a Folau'
Book signing and Reading
Published by Samoa Planet 16 May, 2018. Samoa
As part of this year’s TechweekNZ, the Digital Moana Forum will be showcasing successful Pacific people who are in their own right, trail blazers in different parts of the tech sector.
Samoa’s very own Fa’aso’otauloa Sam Saili, Chief Executive Officer of SkyEye, will be the keynote speaker for the “Inspire, Inform, Empower Forum” to be held in Auckland on the 22nd May.
In line with the event’s aim, which is to open up existing opportunities in the tech sector for participants and to promote Pasifika people in the tech industry – Fa’aso’otauloa will be focusing on providing motivation, with his signature ‘can-do’ attitude.
He told Samoa Planet that he would be speaking about the struggles of having an ICT company in a physically and virtually isolated environment, as well as how to make ICT work for you, and not the other way around.
He also wants to use the opportunity to encourage Pacific Island youths to have the confidence to get into the sector, he said “(I’ll cover how to) use the limited resources we have in the islands to build a regional company and encourage our PI youths that if we can do it in the islands with very limited resources, they can do it much faster, easier and bigger.”
Drawing from the advantages of being from the Pacific Islands, Fa’aso’otauloa also said he would “highlight that being from the Pacific Islands or knowing and having knowledge of the Pacific Islands is a big advantage compared to developers that do not have that knowledge so encourage them to use that advantage.”
In offering more valuable insight into the world of tech business, Fa’aso’otauloa told Samoa Planet, “Once you set up a good business online, you are immediately a global business because you have a global audience now.
“But there is a in difference having a global audience, and delivering your service in the other countries, but the best part of being a Pacific Islander in this area (ICT), when you set up in one, it will be similar for the rest of the Pacific in terms of market demand and behaviour.”
If you’re keen to hear SkyEye’s presentation and learn from other leading Pacific people in the tech industry, be sure not to miss out on the one day Forum at the end of this month. You’ll be able to learn about programming, web development, gaming and creative technology – from some of the region’s best.
SAMOA PLANET Article - http://www.samoaplanet.com/skyeye-ceo-share-words-wisdom-nzs-techweek-2018/
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The Author of 'O le Va'a Folau', Henrietta Lee Devoe Ah Chong is pleased to announce the Official Launch of her new book of bilingual (Samoan/English) Poetry.
The book launch event is being supported and sponsored by SSAB Sei Oriana, Samoa Business Network and Gennewwine Books. The Launch will be staged at the SSAB Sei Oriana Gift Shop in Mangere.
The launch also coincides during the week of Samoan Language Week which makes this a fitting event to be celebrated.
Book launch details:
Thursday 31 May 2018, 6pm
SSAB Sei Oriana (Fale o Samoa Compound)
FREE Event - Attendance by RSVP Only
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