(TI'AFAU, SAMOA)--There is a Samoan saying, “E sili le toa e pulea lona loto i le toa e a’ea le ‘olo”. This means: “He who conquers his impulses is greater than he who conquers the fortress”. This Samoan saying provides the theme for my Independence address this year.
Independence is a goal that demands the ability to conquer one’s impulses. It includes ensuring that despite our personal biases that in our teachings of Samoan Independence history that we make visible, audible, memorable and sensible all that motivated, shaped, defined and enabled the Independence we enjoy today.