THE ninth Blaqueville Nite held at Divine Word University last Saturday was commended by many students as one of the best Blaqueville Nites yet.
And, after five weeks of preparation for the performances, Bougainville students are now feeling a strong sense of relief after the auditorium reached full capacity for the successful production.
Blaqueville Nite is staged by Bougainville students and was started in 2005 to raise funds for the Bougainville Youth Foundation which provides information to Bougainville communities on the current political, economical and social situation.
Recently the showcase has promoted the diverse culture of Bougainville.
Bougainville students are happy that now they can concentrate on their studies because rehearsals for the night were taking academic time.
“We have to host the night even if it is a hindrance to our academic focus,” said one of the senior Bougainville students. “Otherwise the Bougainville Youth Foundation won’t have enough money to do awareness programs back home.”
But students were not happy that their request for someone from the Autonomous Bougainville Government to attend the performance.
“If you do not come when I called or invited you to come, and if you do not come, then it is injustice," one student said.
"But since you are trying to promote justice, then to make it fair or just, I won't come to help you. Then when I don't come to help you and since you didn't come in the first place, and my not coming is creating a justice point here.
"And this is the idea of justice I trying to give a logic to here.”
However, the students were satisfied that they showed they had a heart for the people whether the government helped or not.
The BYF’s end of year awareness will take place with the money raised on Blaqueville Nite no matter how much it is. The big thing is to help educate the people back at home.
The students thanked sponsors and all those people who came along for the night.
“We cannot do without this. Thank you very much. It was a very successful night,” one of the organisers said.