An entry in the Crocodile Prize
PNG Chamber of Mines & Petroleum
Award for Essays & Journalism
THIS past week, Zenzeng Tore Bofirie Mari from remote Balangko village in Finschhafen was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to education and to the University of Goroka.
Some months ago, I shared two articles on Zenzeng. The first was my personal tribute in the form of a poem and the second was a profile of his 38 years of educating Papua New Guineans, two years at Sogeri National High School and 36 years at the University of Goroka.
What amazed me following his inclusion in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list was the wild outpouring of commendation from colleagues.