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Loujaya Toni on the election trailLOUJAYA TONI (46), who shocked a strong field of male contenders to become Papua New Guinea’s newest female parliamentarian, was born in the city she now represents.

Before yesterday’s win in Lae Open, Loujaya had been an aspiring politician for some years. She contested the national elections in 2007 and the Local Level Government Elections in 2008, giving her male opposition candidates a close run for their money.

While still at school in Port Moresby in 1978, she was nominated as PNG’s youngest poet by the University of Papua New Guinea. Her collection of poems, A Sense of Interest, was later published by the Education Department.

In 1985 she launched a string of solo gospel music albums under the name Loujaya Dunar and has since been recognised as a singer/songwriter. She wrote and performed the song, Keep the Fire Alive with the group Tambaran Culture as a tribute to the 9th South Pacific Games held in Port Moresby in 1991.

Loujaya is a qualified journalist and teacher and also a practicing naturopath. She is a part-time tutor at the University of Technology in Lae and has been a full-time student in the Department of Communication Development Studies, graduating in April, 2012.

This poem, with a powerful political theme, was written as an entry in this year’s Crocodile Prize.

Twenty-two women

By Loujaya Toni

Twenty two women
Sitting ducks
Shot at
By trigger happy mouths;

Nameless, faceless number
Threatening shadows
Women in waiting
Wanna-be politicians
Hopeful governors;

Unknown but significant
Twenty two women
All wanting
In on parliament;

They are daunting shadows
Reaching in
To the men’s haus
Haunting his wildest political dreams
Forcing a hand in his schemes
A very present number
At all
His deliberations
Seen and heard more
Than a mere apparition;
Twenty two women
Waiting their dues.


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Mrs Talitha Simoi

Wow! I know it's never that easy to climb till you reached that destiny.

I believed it was a long time dream and also a laying down of life you sacrificed to achive and see this day come to its fullness.

Thank God for such a strong and a courageous heart like you Loujaya. That's the spirit of Joseph.

So you've held onto your dream for so long till now it came into reallity. It's all about the power that works in you (Ephesians 3:20).

Benson Nobathu, NZ

Congratulations, Mrs Toni. Being your student back at Aiyura in 97-98 you have been an inspiration to many. May the good lord bless you with wisdom and clear thinking.

Urith Toa

Loujaya Toni.. You are an inspiration to all women and the nation as a whole. Wonderful poem. Congratulations on becoming the Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development! God bless...

Corney K. Alone

Loujaya, You have no one to emulate and fill anyone’s thongs, sandals, shoes and what have you.

Follow the timeless instructions and values from your mother and father – who I believe must be devout Christians. Things will be fine – with the Spirit of God guiding every step of your journey.

Pay no attention to advisors and proposals made to you with strings attached, especially items that God detests.

I publicly volunteer to skim through bills and proposals made through your Ministerial Office if deemed necessary.

Many a budding PNG women leaders are encouraged by your win – the legacy you set behind is important

Loujaya toni

Thank you all for your kind words and the effort taken by the author of writeup about me.

I remind myself of what some writer said in years gone by...'When you laugh, the World laughs with you but when you cry, you cry alone'.

I thank God for the years that have gone and I stand on their rememberances- an Ebenezar stone. In my hand is a pebble I am ready to skim it over uncharted waters and watch the distance it accomplishes from where I stand.

You are my friends for now but my journey is one I must make alone in a house of many divides.Trust no one but God and yourself in Him.

MP 4 Lae and Minister for Community Development, Hon.Loujaya Toni.

We all still feel the thrill of you victory Loujaya, and congratulate on your important ministerial appointment - KJ

Janna Jane Smith

Loujaya Toni is such a courageous women in her time. I am thinking of following her but the situation made it a hindrance.

Dau Zorong

Congratulation Loujaya, women of courage. You will be like Delilah and people will come to you for advice and encouragement.

God will open many doors for you to break through many obstacle. My prayer is with you.

Lizzen Kafare Nobathu

Congratulations to you, Loujaya Tony, my teacher formerly known as Ms Duna at Aiyura National High School in 2008.

You truly will make a good leader, you deserve that seat in parliament.

You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you - Philippians 4:13.

Lucy Ingles

Congratulations Loujaya, you are a very inspiring woman. You have made us woman proud this election. May God bless you.

Elise Atalu

In one word I can say she's astounding.

Cathy Meaa

Wow,an inspiration to us young women. I just got goose bumps.

I think you are one of the God choosen leaders for our Country, PNG. God bless you!

Francis Xavier Waeda

Madam, with due respect to others, but, don't let gender be an issue in your tenure because the good Lord gave you this mandate to be his people's servant and not somebody's leader.

Be a person and do not give people the excuse to remind themself that you are a woman.

Manoa Rakoroi

Welcome to the lair of the wolves. Be strong.

You are the Queen Esther in PNG.

God bless and be with you. Congratualtions!

Judy Warrillow

It is soooo good to see a PNG woman elected by her people to represent them.

To this young lady: I do not know you but what does it matter? You are a woman and a PNGean and I am hoping you all the best for what is coming your way.

You are the Ruth of the Bible in our times; it was for such time as this you were born - so go girl!

I will you cheer from here in my my God help me remember her and other great women of PNG.

Lisa Iki

Congratulations Loujaya! This is inspirational, you've done it for the women of PNG.

My appreciation goes to your voters who have the confidence in you, especially in such an environment.

This is a motivation for other voters in other regions. Who knows after another five years, we hope to see more women. God bless you.

Diane Ryan

Congratulations Loujaya. I can only begin to imagine how hard you must have worked to achieve this great victory.

Very best wishes for your future in a challenging and difficult environment

Marisa Pepa

Congratulations Loujaya, we the women of Solomon Islands will learn from your success and in the years to come will get to Parliament.

God bless you and give you wisdom and strength to represent your community and nation as a whole.

Michael Maehaka

Great meaning behind.....

Anne-Marie Wanamp

Loujaya - Congratulations on your victory! I thank God that you are one of a kind.

I am throughly blessed and grateful to God to have known you when you were here at as a student at Goroka. You are an inspiration and a blessing to all of us.

Jonah Henry

You have become an inspiration to many of us! Congratulations and wish you all the best in the years to come.

Mrs Barbara Short

For me, it is just wonderful to see all the women congratulating Loujaya.
I also pray that she will turn to God for wisdom in how to tackle the huge problems of corruption in the country. She will need a lot of patience and persistence and a "good moral compass", over the coming years.

Lepi Yamba

Congratulations. Women are the manufacturers of man. You made history. God be with you in your new political career at the national level.

Anita Wahawe / London

Congratulations Loujaya for making history! May God bless you... (the poem reduced me to tears!') .. the wait is over .... God is good!

Cessy Lilly

A real inspiration you are. Touch hearts as young as three and making a mark in PNG politics.

God bless you for that, and we look forward to see you touch others with those blessings.

Congratulations to you, Loujaya Toni.

Rachael Elemi

You are an inspiration to the young women of today's generation. Congratulations on your win.

Heather Pole

Congratulations Lou....After we parted at JVC, we meet again here...

Gina Maka'a

Wow, this is a cool poem, very inspiring...

And congratulations, Loujaya Toni, for winning a seat in parliament.

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