IT was most enjoyable to read the article, Exorcising his demons, Captain Bougainville writes for the future, and find out a bit more about Leonard Fong Roka (pictured) and what motivates him.
As an ex-kiap it gives me a great deal of pleasure to read the work of Leonard and other Papua New Guinean writers.
Even in the lead-up to independence in 1975, the idea that there could and would be intelligent and articulate PNG writers seemed quite fanciful.
Sure, there were plenty of obviously bright people around, but they were then too uncertain, too diffident, too intimidated perhaps, to venture their opinions and ideas in the forthright manner which is so characteristic of Leonard and many others who now grace these pages.
Now, at last, an embryonic PNG intelligentsia is emerging and, with it, the hope that they can both formulate and lead wide spread demands for the major reforms needed to allow all Papua New Guineans to achieve their true potential.
Of course, Leonard is strongly focussed on his beloved Bougainville, which is only right, but his writing and ideas are bound to be a marvellous provocation and stimulus to people in other parts of PNG.