Yesterday was a very special day for Samoa.
A different vibe was in the atmosphere as the country welcomed back the son of Samoa, W.B.O. champion, Lupesolia’i Joseph Parker.
This excitement was shared by 57-year-old Penani Safua from the village of Fusi, Safata.
“Samoans have been waiting for our champ to arrive,” said Penani.
“I know New Zealand cheered for him as well, but he is Samoan and he represented us too.
“And so today, is just a special day for us as Samoans, to see one of our sons return back home after a successful fight.
“To me, as a Samoan, I think Lupesolia’i did a really good job in representing us and our country.
“He is only 24-years-old but he has achieved big so far. This is why we’re all proud of him and his work.
“And I am sure the rest of the country will join me in congratulating Parker for winning the title.”
He went on to say that even though this is a Sunday, people are still waiting for him and want to meet him.
Nevertheless, he believes that this is not the end for Parker.
“I know he will continue on with his successful career. We will be cheering and praying for him all the way.
“The other good thing about him coming to Samoa is that he can motivate the younger generations of Samoa to go out and do great things.
“They can learn so much from Parker and he is a role model and kids look up to him.
“One thing they can learn from him is to never give up. In life, you need to keep fighting and you need to fight on your own and stand on your own feet to fight any challenge you may face along the way.
“Life is never going to be easy, but if you persevere, and work hard, you will achieve good things and go further in life.”
Moreover, he also said that we should continue to pray for Lupesoliai and give him our 100percent support.