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04 May 2016


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Kela, very inspiring and educational as well.

The river that you mentioned in this story is still flowing with exuberance today. It carries the lifeblood of our people namely the Dagle and the Bari who live within and along the course of the Ganige River.

I am looking forward to reading some more of your articles in future.


Finally to have come from the man himself!

Thank you Sil for being part of a movement to revive literature and writing in this country.

My champion model, this is inspiring.

Thank you Kela Kapkora Sil Bolkin for telling us your own story.


I am so inspired by your story, Kela. Thank you for sharing.


The pig that Bolkin killed to sanctify your birth and the subsequent mumu reminds me of four of us highlanders trying to cook our food in a mumu at UNITECH before the christmas break in 1976.

The mumu was left to us Higlanders and we prepared everything for the mumu. When the time came, the Eastern Highlands student left the preparation to us the Western Highlander, the Simbu and myself the Engan. The style of mumu of us Engans and Western Highlanders is similar. We placed the chicken, meats and vegetables in special order with vegetables and hot stones in between. And when we were about to cover the mumu pit, the Simbu guy - Kiri Nigi kept asking, 'Where is the hole for the water? Where is the hole for the water? And we - Joseph Ng and myself told him, 'The food will cook, don't worry'

Whatever style we use, the food always cooks in any highlands style mumu. And during our birth, those who are destined to live, live. And there you are Kela. Enjoyed it.

Kops, those are the trails. Now, I know you were born in a hospital and I was born in Tomale, under the pandanus trees along Kubor Range.

Wow! It sounds like my story too. Great read bro.

Thank you for sharing your story Kela which, apart from being interesting in itself, provides an insight into the life experience of many Papua New Guineans.

Starting from the humblest circumstances you have, through your own efforts and the support of your extended family, acquired a university education, become established in a career and even managed to publish a book. Not a bad curriculum vitae for anyone let alone a young boy who once shared his bed with piglets!

My guess is that most Australians would find your story quite astonishing, especially as very few of us have been required to overcome the socio-economic and cultural barriers that you have surmounted.

I'm deeply impressed by what you have achieved and look forward to reading more of your work on PNG Attitude and elsewhere.

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