List of Fijians


List of Fijians

This list comprises Fijian citizens, and some foreigners associated with Fiji. For the sake of size, persons who could be listed under multiple categories should generally be listed only under the category for which they are best known.

The term Fijian is used here in a national rather than an ethnic sense.

Academic leaders

* Rajesh Chandra, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Fiji.
* Brij Lal, historian.
* Paresh Narayan, Fiji-born Australian academic.
* Sarojini Pillay, Registrar of the University of Fiji.
* Swami Rudrananda, founder of the Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam.
* Savenaca Siwatibau, academic leader; Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific. (1940–2003)
* Esther Williams, academic leader; Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific.

Activists

* Shamima Ali, political activist and women's rights campaigner.
* Sharon Baghwan-Rolls, political activist and women's rights campaigner.
* Angie Heffernan, political activist.
* Selina Kuruleca, pshychotherapist and social commentator.
* Jiko Luveni, dentist and AIDS campaigner.
* Anirudh Singh, opposed the imposition of the 1990 constitution.
* Suliana Siwatibau, political activist.

Business people

* Elizabeth Clayton, Australian-born businesswoman and social worker.
* Laisa Digitaki, businesswoman and pro-democracy activist.
* Imraz Iqbal, political activist, businessman, former journalist.
* Ballu Khan, business tycoon.
* Atma Maharaj, businessman, CEO of Fiji Investment Corporation.
* Josaia Mar, Managing Director of Telecom Fiji.
* Shivlal Nagindas, Labasa businessman and former Senator.
* Josateki Nawalowalo, businessman and Chairman of the Kadavu Provincial Council.
* Sangeeta Niranjan: businesswoman.
* Hari Punja, business tycoon (born 1937).
* Harvie Probert, businessman.
* Laisenia Qarase, Jr., businessman.
* Dixon Seeto, business tycoon and President of the Chinese Association of Fiji.
* Ram Singh, India-born businessman.
* Rajnesh Singh, businessman and technologist.
* Davila Toganivalu, businesswoman and newspaper publisher.
* Taito Waradi, President of the Fiji Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
* Lionel Yee, Executive Director, ATH.

Chiefs

"Note: for the sake of size, the following list of chiefs excludes chiefs who are listed in other categories, such as politicians, etc."

* Meli Bolobolo, "Tui Navitilevu," a High Chief of Ra Province.
* Epenisa Cakobau, Bauan chief.
* Ateca Ganilau: Fijian public figure.
* Dranivia, Lauan chief.
* Epeli Kanakana, Fijian chief "(Tui Suva)".
* Aisea Katonivere, "Tui Macuata" (paramount chief of Macuata).
* Kavu Iloilo, First Lady (2000–present).
* Penaia Kadavulevu, "Vunivalu of Bau" (1901–1914).
* Laufitu, Lauan chieftainess.
* Asenaca Mara, Lauan chieftainess.
* Litia Mara Dugdale, Lauan chieftainess.
* Elenoa Mara-Rasova, Lauan chieftainess.
* Joni Madraiwiwi I, chief (1859–1920).
* Litiana Maopa, Bauan chief; grandmother of Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara.
* Matawalu, Lauan chief.
* Epeli Nailatikau I (1842–1901), "Vunivalu of Bau".
* Niumataiwalu, founder of the Vuanirewa dynasty in the Lau Islands.
* Rasolo, first "Tui Nayau".
* Maculeku Rokocegu, "Tui Dreketi".
* Joana Rokomatu, "Tui Sigatoka".
* Popi Seniloli, "Vunivalu of Bau" (1914–1936).
* Sivoki, Lauan chieftainess.
* Soroaqali, Lauan chief.
* Jovesa Sovasova, "Tui Vitogo" (1942–2005)
* Taliai Tupou, "Tui Nayau" (d. 1875).
* Tarau of Tovu Totoya, Fijian chieftainess.
* Udre Udre, 19th century cannibal.
* Alifereti Finau Ulugalala, "Tui Nayau" (d. 1934)
* Uluilakeba I, successor to Rasolo (q.v.) as Tui Nayau, but not so installed.
* Uma of Nukunuku, Fijian chieftainess.
* Nemia Vainitoba, "kingmaker" of Nadi.
* Elenoa Vavaitamana, "Tui Vabea" (Kadavu chieftainess).
* Tanoa Visawaqa, "Vunivalu of Bau" (1800s).
* Vuetasau, Lauan chief.

Civil servants

* Rodney Acraman, Ombudsman and Chairman of the Fiji Human Rights Commission (December 2006 - present).
* Meli Bainimarama, CEO of Fijian Affairs Board (December 2006-January 2007; subsequently reemployed as an advisor to the board).
* Joseph Browne, civil servant.
* Hector Hatch, former Chairman of the Public Service Commission.
* Stuart Huggett, former Chairman of the Public Service Commission.
* Anare Jale, Chief Executive Officer of the Public Service Commission; former Ambassador to the United States.
* Lesi Korovavala, Chief Executive Officer of the Home Affairs Ministry.
* Joji Kotobalavu, Chief Executive Officer of the Prime Minister's Department.
* Viliame Naupoto, Former Navy Commander; Director of Immigration from January 2007.
* Litia Qionibaravi, Chief Executive Officer of the Fijian Affairs Board.
* Rishi Ram, Chairman of the Public Service Commission and former Ambassador to Japan.
* Peter Ridgeway, former Deputy Director of Prosecutions.
* Shaista Shameem, director of the Fiji Human Rights Commission.
* Aisea Taoka, Commissioner of Prisons.
* Sakiusa Tuisolia, former Chief Executive Officer of Airports Fiji Limited.

Cultural figures (actors, musicians, etc.)

* Lagani Rabukawaqa, musician.
* Rebecca Singh, television news presenter. Now based in New Zealand.
* Laisa Vulakoro, singer.
* The Island Warrior, Actor.
* Mike Howlett, Musician.
* Cassius Khan Internationally renowned Indian Classical Tabla player/ Ghazal exponent [http://cassiuskhan@impendo.com] Based in Edmonton, Canada

Diplomats

* Poseci Bune, diplomat and politician.
* George Konrote, diplomat and politician; Rotuman.
* Epeli Nailatikau, Minister for Foreign Affairs (January 2006 - present) and former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
* Satya Nandan, Secretary-General of the International Seabed Authority (1996–present).
* Isikia Savua, diplomat and former Police Commissioner.
* Kaliopate Tavola, Minister for Foreign Affairs (2000–2006) and former Ambassador to Belgium.
* Jesoni Vitusagavulu, businessman and diplomat, Ambassador to Washington (2005).
* Jeremaia Waqanisau, career soldier and diplomat; Ambassador to China.
* Charles Walker, retired politician and diplomat.

Jurists

* Daniel Fatiaki, Chief Justice (since 2002).
* Anthony Gates, Acting Chief Justice (since 16 January 2007).
* Sailosi Kepa, judge, diplomat, cabinet minister, ombudsman (1938–2004).
* Naomi Matanitobua, Chief Magistrate.
* Ghananand Mishra, jurist (1916–2005).
* Sekove Naqiolevu, judge.
* Nazhat Shameem, judge.
* Ajit Swaran Singh, Fiji-born New Zealand judge.
* Timoci Tuivaga, Chief Justice (1974–2002).

Lawyers

* Rajendra Chaudhry, lawyer.
* Manilal Doctor - Indian-born lawyer.
* Imrana Jalal - lawyer and civil servant.
* Iqbal Khan, controversial Fijian lawyer.
* Graeme Leung, former President of the Fiji Law Society.
* Dorsami Naidu, lawyer and former National Federation Party President.
* Tupou Draunidalo, vice-President of the Fiji Law Society.
* Richard Naidu, lawyer.
* Nainendra Nand, former Solicitor-General of Fiji.
* Serupepeli Naqase, NLTB lawyer.
* S.B. Patel, Indian born lawyer.
* Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, lawyer and interim Attorney-General of Fiji (2007)
* Devanesh Sharma, President of the Fiji Law Society.

Military leaders

* Frank Bainimarama, Military Commander and interim Head of State (2000; 2006–2007); interim Prime Minister of Fiji (2007–present).
* Jone Baledrokadroka, Lieutenant Colonel and former Acting Land Force Commander.
* Pita Driti, Land Force Commander (as of early 2007).
* Francis Kean, Navy Commander (as of early 2007).
* Neumi Leweni, Army spokesman.
* Tevita Mara, Army Major; Army Chief of Staff from February 2006.
* Viliame Naupoto, Former Navy Commander; Director of Immigration from January 2007.
* Sitiveni Rabuka, 1987 coup leader, later Prime Minister (1992–1999).
* Orisi Rabukawaqa, Army spokesman.
* Meli Saubulinayau, senior Army officer.
* Viliame Seruvakula, Army officer, who led the counteroffensive against the Queen Elizabeth Barracks mutiny of 2 November 2000.
* Sefanaia Sukanaivalu, war hero (Second World War).
* Esala Teleni, Naval Captain and Deputy Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (2007–present).
* Kitione Tuinaosara, Army Major and lawyer.
* Jeremaia Waqanisau, career soldier and diplomat; Ambassador to China.

Police officers

* Kevueli Bulamainaivalu, Assistant Commissioner of Police - Crime.
* Moses Driver, Deputy Commissioner of Police.
* Andrew Hughes, Commissioner of Police.
* Jahir Khan, Senior Superintendent of Police.
* Jimi Koroi, Acting Commissioner of Police (2006–2007).
* Samuela Matakibau, Assistant Police Commissioner Operations.
* Peter Ridgeway, former Deputy Director of Prosecutions.
* Romanu Tikotikoca, Commissioner of Police.

Political leaders

"The size of this section necessitates a separate list. Lists are also included in the following articles about specific political offices:

* President of Fiji
* Vice-President of Fiji
* Prime Minister of Fiji
* Governor of Fiji
* Governor-General of Fiji
* Senate (Fiji)
* House of Representatives (Fiji)
* Speaker of the House of Representatives (Fiji)
* Cabinet (Fiji)
* Chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs (Fiji)
* Leader of the Opposition (Fiji).

Religious leaders

* Kamlesh Arya, President Arya Pratinidhi Sabha.
* Jabez Bryce, Anglican Bishop.
* Amy Chambers, Anglican priest.
* Hannah Dudley, Methodist missionary.
* Sadhu Kuppuswami, Hindu religious leader (1890–1956)
* Suliasi Kurulo, head of the Fiji- based Christian Mission Fellowship.
* Kundan Singh Kush, Arya Samaj missionary.
* Petero Mataca, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Fiji.
* Awadh Narayan Sharma, Sanatan Dharam Priest and Publicity Officer Sanatan Dharam Purohit Brahmin Maha Sabha of Fiji
* Gabriel Sharma, first Indo-Fijian Anglican Bishop.
* Late Parshu Ram Sharma, Founder of Sanatan Dharam Purohit Brahmin Maha Sabha of Fiji
* Shri Krishna Sharma, Arya Samaj (Hindu) religious leader.
* Sakiusa Sing, Roman Catholic priest and educator (1946–2005).
* Akuila Yabaki, clergyman and human rights activist.

cientists

* Eci Nabalarua, Fiji Counsel - Social Sciences
* Rusi Vulakoro, BMZ New Zealand- Ocean Science

Sportspeople

"The size of this section warrants a separate list."

Unionists

* Ayodhya Prasad - founder of Kisan Sangh
* Baba Ram Chandra, India-born trade unionist.
* Felix Anthony, FTUC General Secretary.
* Krishna Chetty, Fiji Trade Unionist.
* Vashist Muni - labour union organizer.
* Timoci Naivaluwaqa, trade unionist (1953–2006).
* Pramod Rae - labour union organizer and National Federation Party Secretary.
* Jagannath Sami - labour union organizer; suspended in late 2006 as Chief Executive Officer of the Sugar Cane Growers Council.
* Attar Singh - FITCU General Secretary.
* Mehar Singh - founder of the Vishal Sangh.
* Nirbhay Singh - CPSU official.
* Totaram Sanadhya - labour union organizer.

Miscellaneous

"The following are Fijian public figures, who do not fit into one of the more specific categories."

* Chuck Grotte, photojournalist and missionary.
* Sujit Kumar, feral child discovered as an adult.
* Maciu Navakasuasua, 2000 coup plotter.
* Ben Padarath, 2006 election candidate, later imprisoned for manslaughter.
* Josaia Waqabaca, former NVTLP activist turned coup-plot informer.

Non-resident Fiji Islanders

"This section is for Fiji Islanders who are living abroad, or who have been naturalised as citizens of other countries. It also includes persons born abroad, but with Fijian roots."

* Trevor Butler, winner of Big Brother Australia 2004.
* Paulini Curuenavuli, Australian singer. (Fiji-born).
* Sudesh Mishra, Australian poet. (Fiji-born, Indian descent).
* Cassius Khan Canada Indian Classical Musician ( Born in Lautoka [http://cassiuskhan.impendo.com]
* Anand Satyanand, Governor-General of New Zealand. (Born in New Zealand to Fiji-born parents of Indian origin).
* Shaukat Ali Sahib Former Dean of Nadi College
* Jason Singh, Australian-born singer. (Fiji Indian father).
* Bobby Singh, Canadian football player. (Fiji-born).
* Chandra Swamy, naturalised Canadian politician, born in Lautoka, Fiji.
* Derek Boyer born in Lautoka, Fiji. Acted in Dead or Alive released in 2006.
* Sadhana Narayan born in Suva, Fiji. San Francisco based civil trial lawyer and founder of largest Indian American law firm in the United States.


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