Here is some work by PNG artist, Kipling Ninawale

Kipling Ninawale is a graphics artist at EMTV. Recently he has been publishing some of his work on Facebook. I asked his permission to post on my blog. From time to time, he goes back to the basics – pen and paper. This guy is brilliant!

The picture of a grieving mum from Western Province that told a million stories…


A few days ago, I asked Sally Lloyd about the picture she posted on Facebook of a distraught mother weeping over the body of her baby who had died.  This is the story behind the picture.

“They are from Fomabi Village near Nomad.

It’s in Nomad LLG – I think… middle Fly in Western Province. The child got sick with pneumonia, I believe and Nomad Health Centre could not help them. The facility there has been very run down and ill equipped for a very long time.  They then had to make the long walk to Mougulu health centre for many hours to get further help.

Unfortunately, the child died the following afternoon, and without any helpers with them the parents had to walk back to their village with the dead child.

They were of course heartbroken and very hard to send them on their way into darkness and a storm. The woman has already faced some difficulties in her life. She was totally distraught, waving her arms and crying out. When I went to the clinic she said it’s her first time to visit Mougulu and this happened.

Earlier on Facebook, Sally posted:  “That sound I hate…the grief of the parents of this precious eight-month-old indicating the worst had happened.  This evening they have the long walk back (6 to 8 hours at least) to Fomabi Village with a very heavy burden – almost too much to bare.51168223_10157067201174189_3222924870299942912_n

“The father offloaded some heavy food items and we gave high protein food and fish, a torch and umbrella- it’s going to storm tonight. God knows how much we need that emergency vehicle – to bring patients more quickly, but also for parents who should not have to walk a day (or all night) to get home and bury their child.

“RIP Ezekiel.”51547945_10157067201219189_974107864157126656_n

Student journalist & eldest of 4 quits school, says he’ll support mum pay fees for his brothers

Suli Suli 

My name is Suli Suli. I was studying Communications Arts (Journalism) in Divine Word University.  I  completed my second year in 2018.

My parents divorced when I was doing grade 5  in 2009. I’ve spent almost my  life, living with my grandmother in the village. My  mother has always been the one who bears the  burden in terms of school matters. I’m the eldest in the family of 4 brothers.

After  completing grade 12 at Sogeri National High in 2016. I applied to study in DWU and was accepted. I wanted  to study Law in University of Papua New Guinea but I doubted that I would make it because I was afraid of the possibility of  failing my exams and getting a lower GPA. So I applied to DWU to study Journalism.

I don’t regret the decision I made because I am content with what I am studying today.

My biggest achievement in life will be  to wipe my mother’s tears away with a graduation gown and a degree in  hand.

I aim to be an investigative journalist in the future and also become a human rights lawyer.

Even though my mother and father  remarried.  My mother  has always been the one who gives us the  hope and determination  to excel in life. She is  a receptionist with IPA but manages to make us happy all the time. It takes a strong woman to raise children, face challenges, go through struggles and hardships just to make me and my three brothers happy.

I am  grateful that she’s still alive and well. I can’t imagine life without her. Last year, my second born brother was not able to school. Only  my two  brothers  and I continued our studies.

Since my first year in university, my father had paid my school fees. But this year he wasn’t able to pay my school fees as well as that of my brothers’.

So, this year,   I decided to stay out of school  and let my three brothers to go to school while I look for employment  to save some money to pay my own school fees next year.

I’m happy to stay home this year, but I will still continue my studies whenever I have enough money to pay for my school fees. If this is God’s plan, then let it be. I am happy to take on this challenge.

Staying positive with whatever that comes my way. I’ll see this problem as a stepping stone to be better in life.

*Suli Suli did an internship with EMTV in 2018.  He is unable to continue with his second year of studies because his dad is unable to pay. 

What is AES & HECAS? 1st year UPNG students told to pay up to K10,000 if they want campus accommodation

Games vill

So today as a first time UPNG parent, I was confronted with the UPNG fee structure.

For a first year arts student, we were told to pay K4242 in compulsory tuition fees.  As parents, no problems there. It’s a bit of a pain but we are willing to pay for tertiary  education.

What annoyed me the most was that the cheapest  accommodation on campus – a basic twin share room cost K8562.  Accommodation is actually more expensive than actual teaching and learning and it’s handled by student services.

Students were told for the board and lodging, you will have to ‘consult Student Services and have that sorted out.’

Here are the accommodation costs for BASIC TWIN SHARE ROOMS:

  1. Waigani Campus – K8,562
  2. Taurama Health Services – K8,890
  3. Taurama BOH/BOS, MMBS, DAS – K10,247
  4. Tauram Nursing – K9,883

And the prices go up with the highest being the Games Village TWIN SHARE ROOMS  leasing (yes, “leasing” because that’s what it is) for  K12,000.  That’s K1000 per month plus the K250 for the bond.  Also note in the costs above that It costs more for a future nurse and doctor’s accommodation at UPNG. I would understand if the tuition fees are high.

Retired PNGDF Commander, Major General Jerry Singirok, took his son to register today at the Games Village.  He was disappointed after paying a hefty accommodation fee. He posted on Facebook.

“Games village accommodation showers and toilets are not working and rooms are in a mess. I spent most of the morning carting water and cleaning my son’s room. But no running water in the ablution block. UPNG admin had over six weeks to prepare. Even grass overgrown and many furniture thrown on the lawn and rusting away.
This is supposed to be a premiere University?”

In short, a first year student on the Government Academic Excellence Scholarship looking for the cheapest accommodation on campus will have to pay  K13,0554


The UPNG Student Services Division has attempted to explain the reasons for  demanding the fee payments in their current form.  In short,  they are saying the  parents  must pay up because funds for the government HECAS and AES scholarships will not be paid on time.  The memo didn’t have any official letterhead and was unsigned.

For the University of Technology in Lae, the costs are more than 50 percent lower than UPNG and accommodation costs  cost 90 percent less.  Parents  and guardians of  a student on AES  will pay K4,139.7 This includes tuition (K1771.56),  Board and lodging (K424.59), a Compulsory fee (K1096.61), and a laptop. Bottom line is parents know what they are paying for.