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American Samoa Governor Togiola “Blessed” for a Second Term



On Friday, January 9, the Director of the Office of Insular Affairs, Nikolao Pula, attended the inaugural festivities in the Territory of American Samoa for Governor Togiola Tulafono and Lieutenant Governor Faoa A. Sunia who were sworn in for their second term in office.

Celebrations held at the Veterans Stadium in Ili’ili, American Samoa were organized into a two-part program which included traditional blessings from cultural leaders, a parade, an ‘ava ceremony, song and dance, band performances and dinner. The governor delivered the Inaugural Address during the first part of the program and the parade opened the second part. Lieutenant Governor Faoa A. Sunia provided the closing remarks and the festivities ended with a “taualuga” at midnight. The inauguration theme was “Light Tomorrow with Today.”

 OIA Director Nik Pula (far right) and Congressman Eni Faleomavaega (second right) seated at inauguration ceremony with other Samoan dignitaries. Courtesy of Samoa News.
OIA Director Kik Pula (far right) &
Congressman Eni Faleomavaega (second right)
seated at inauguration ceremony with other
Samoan dignitaries.  Courtesy of Samoa News
 Governor Togiola and Lt. Governor Sunia receive traditional blessing at inaugural ceremonies. Courtesy of Samoa News.
Governor Togiola and Lt. Governor Sunia
recieve traditional blessing at inaugura
ceremonies.  Courtesy of Samoa News