BY KEITH JACKSON
“I was actually very surprised, and of course elated at the same time, to read your comments [in PNG Attitude],” Eleina wrote me this morning.
“My son’s real name is Jayhugh Smith, but he is now popularised by his hip hop artist name of Prote-J.
“Initally I objected to the name,” said Eleina, “but then I relented - ha!” Was there ever a mother who didn’t relent over a son?
“I note that you gave Jayhugh some name as his real name, so I was going to write and correct it but now you know his real name” After extensive research PNG Attitude decided Prote-J’s ‘real name’ was Jabre' Trawick. As everyone reading this now knows, we weren’t even close.
Eleina continued: “'Jayhugh/Prote-J is an American but Papua New Guinean at heart. I like his new positive approach to the hip hop music which is good to my ears rather than the vulgar bits of the traditional hip hop popular culture.”
Right now, Eleina – who lectures in demography and population studies at the University of PNG – is also busy planning Prote-J’s impending tour of PNG, which will be a real homecoming.
Eleina also shares with Reg Renagi the distinction of being an executive member of the PNG-USA Alumni Association [pictured below].
“I look forward to sharing news, views and ideas in the PNG Attitude forum,” she writes, “and of course will share my son's upcoming tour to PNG.”
Lots to look forward to!
Photo: PNG-USA Alumni Association: Front row - Alisha Barampataz (extraordinary member), US Ambassador Teddy Taylor, Simon Kenehe (Chairman), Eleina Butuna (Secretary), Dr Rona Nadile (extraordinary member). Back row - Samson Komati (Treasurer), ret'd Colonel Reg Renagi (Deputy Chairman), Vincent Malaibe (extraordinary member), Solomon Kantha (Deputy Treasurer)