Caption: Eliki with designs he had painted at the Nadi Town Council Library. Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.
By Serelisoni Moceica
Nurturing God given talent has landed a Tailevu youth with a job at the Nadi Town Council.
For twenty three years old Eliki Ramoa, painting is a passion that luckily for him is also work.
He said utilising God given talents should be everyone’s priority.
“I didn’t take a course about drawings or signwriting, it’s just my talent and I enjoy doing it,” Mr Ramoa said.
The artist who started developing an interest in drawing while at primary school in Tailevu said he never lost sight of his goal to use his passion for work.
“I participated in drawing competitions all the time as I wanted people to appreciate what I have,” he said.
The Verata native said his talent was the reason why he now worked for the Nadi Town Council
Mr Ramoa is now a sign writer for the Council and said he knocked on the Council’s doors about a year back as soon as he moved into the town.
“I just said to them, I can paint, I can do signwriting, so they hired me and I’m grateful to them for allowing me the opportunity to showcase the talents I have,” he said.
Mr Ramoa said he has not won any local competitions but recognition for his work has begun with him recently winning the Most Beautiful Float award during the Bula Festival early August.
“I’m going to make sure this is the start if better things to come,” the sign writer said.
He acknowledged the town’s council for taking him in as he made the move to the western division in the search for better opportunities.
Mr Ramosa urged youths interested in art and music to look for methods to enhance their talents and never give up.
“Whatever it is you know do it best, make the sacrifices now because I promise you it’ll be worth it in the end.”