One of the founding fathers of an independent Papua New Guinea, Sir Michael Somare, recently celebrated his eightieth birthday. In his honour, another founding father, Dr John Momis, President of Bougainville, wrote this tribute.
MICHAEL Thomas Somare, the man from the Murik lakes of the Sepik River basin in the East Sepik Province, dreamt one day Papua New Guinea would be free and independent.
Many Papua New Guineans shared in the dream. However, Michael Somare did not wait for the golden opportunity to stake his claim on independence. For him and for his comrades it was time to extract gold (independence) from the existing circumstances instead of waiting for the golden opportunities to come.