Famous people from Solomon Islands
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Benjamin Totori is a Solomon Islands footballer who plays as a striker for Western United.
Francis Greenslade is an Australian actor specialising in comedy roles. He also teaches acting.
David Derek Sikua served as the ninth Prime Minister of Solomon Islands from 20 December 2007 to 25 August 2010. He is a member of the Solomon Islands Liberal Party.
Alick Leonard Maemae is a football midfielder from the Solomon Islands who currently plays for Vanuatuan side Amical FC. He hails from Suraina, North East coast of Malaita.
Jacob C. Vouza
Sir Jacob Charles Vouza GM, MBE was a native police officer of the British Solomon Islands Protectorate, who served heroically with the United States Marine Corps in the Guadalcanal campaign during World War II.
Sir Peter Kenilorea KBE is a Solomon Islander politician, officially styled The Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Kenilorea as a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. Kenilorea was born in Takataka village on Malaita island, of 'Are'are ethnicity. He was trained as a teacher for the South Seas Evangelical Church and a co-founder of the Solomon Islands Christian Association. As a young man he helped to found the Solomon Islands United Party. He became Chief Minister of the Solomon Islands in 1976 and led the country to independence from Britain in 1978. He then served as the first Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands until 1981, and again from 1984 to 1986. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1988 to 1989 and from 1990 to 1993. Following fighting between the Malaita Eagle Force and the Isatabu Freedom Movement, Kenilorea was, along with Paul Tovua, co-chairman of the peace talks, and he became Chairman of the eight-member Peace Monitoring Council, which was created in August 2000. In the Seventh Parliament, which sat from 2001 to 2005, he was Speaker of Parliament. He was a candidate for the post of Governor-General in mid-June 2004, but he received only 8 of 41 votes in Parliament, placing second behind Nathaniel Waena, who received 27 votes. Following the 2006 general election, he was re-elected as Speaker of Parliament without opposition in April 2006. He held the position until 2010.
Freddie Kini is a Solomon Islands soccer player.
Jenly Tegu Wini
Jenly Tegu Wini is Solomons Islander weightlifter. She competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics at the women's 58 kg category. She was flag bearer of Solomon Islands sports team in the opening ceremony. In the event, Wini finished at #17.
Commins Menapi is a Solomon Islands striker, who is currently a Marist FC player.
Jimmy Lusibaea, also known as Jimmy "Rasta", is a Solomon Islands politician. He became involved in the severe ethnic conflicts on Guadalcanal and Malaita in the early 2000s. He has been described as a "warlord", and was one of the leaders of the Malaita Eagle Force, an armed ethnic militia formed to fight for the interests of Malaitan migrants facing expulsion from Guadalcanal. He surrendered in 2003 when an international peacekeeping force, RAMSI, arrived in the Solomons. He was arrested, accused of several crimes, including having taken part in the attempted murder of bank manager Moses Garu; charges on that count were dropped when "witnesses failed to testify". He was convicted for a robbery committed in 2000, and given a five-year sentence. In 2006, he was "acquitted of the death of two special constables allegedly killed in his yard" in 2002. Sent to prison after RAMSI's arrival, he "found religion on the inside and, on his release, set up a successful business". Having studied heavy plant mechanics at the Afutara Vocational School, he eventually became Managing Director of the Lion Heart Company, before going into politics in 2010.
Joseph Onika is a Solomon Islands politician. He worked in catering before going into politics. His career in national politics began when he was elected to Parliament as the member for East Central Guadalcanal in the August 2010 general election, standing as an independent candidate. He was then appointed Minister for Women, Youth and Children’s Affairs in Prime Minister Danny Philip's Cabinet. In April 2011, he was reshuffled to Minister for Lands, Housing and Survey. When Gordon Darcy Lilo replaced Philip as Prime Minister in November 2011, Onika retained his position in government.
James Naka is a Solomon Islands footballer currently playing for Koloale F.C.. He plays as a midfielder. He has played in 10 editions of the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and also represented his country 7 times.
Andrew Nori was a Solomon Islands lawyer and politician, arguably best known for his role in the ethnic conflict on Guadalcanal in the late 1990s and early 2000s. His father, Nori Nono'oohimae, was one of the founders of the Maasina Ruru movement of civil disobedience against British colonial rule, in the 1940s. A barrister by profession, Andrew Nori was "one of the first Solomon Islanders to qualify as a lawyer", and eventually became president of the Solomon Islands bar association. He began his political career when he was elected to the National Parliament in the 1984 general election, as MP for the West 'Are'are constituency. Prime Minister Sir Peter Kenilorea appointed him Minister for Home Affairs and Provincial Government, a position which he held for four years. He was re-elected in 1989, and, as head of the Nationalist Front for Progress, was for a time appointed Leader of the Official Opposition to Prime Minister Solomon Mamaloni's government. Re-elected to Parliament for a third term in 1993, he was appointed Minister for Finance in Prime Minister Francis Billy Hilly's government. In September 1994, he resigned in the face of reports that over A$70,000 had been transferred to his personal bank account from "an unnamed overseas source". He stated that he had "listed the amount with the relevant leadership code commission", but was stepping down "until his name was cleared". He did not regain his Cabinet position, and was defeated in his bid to retain his Parliament seat in the 1997 general election. This marked the end of his career in national politics.
Jeffery Bule is a footballer from the Solomon Islands. He plays as a defender for Solomon Warriors FC in the S-League and the Solomon Islands national football team.
Stanley Waita is a Solomon Islands footballer who plays for Hana FC. He plays as a Midfielder.
Toswel Kaua was a Solomon Islands politician, several times Cabinet minister, and Deputy Prime Minister from May to November 2007. He studied first at the University of Sydney, where he obtained a Certificate in Administration, Management and Systems. He then obtained a Certificate in Teaching from the Solomon Islands Teachers College, followed by a Diploma in Education and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He completed his studies with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching from Oxford University, and began a career in teaching and administration. He taught at St. Nicholas primary school, in Solomon Islands, before becoming the school's headmaster. He then entered public administration as Assistant Education Officer for Selection and Guidance at the Ministry of Education. He went on to serve as Chief Administrative Officer for Regulation at the Ministry of Public Service, Assistant Secretary for Personnel to the Prime Minister's Office, Under-Secretary at the Public Service Division, Deputy Secretary to the Prime Minister and Cabinet, then Permanent Secretary to a number of Ministries, before becoming Secretary to the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Nelson Sale Kilifa
Nelson Sale Kilifa is a Solomon Islands football defender who currently plays for Amicale F.C..
Batram Suri is a Solomon Islands footballer who plays as either a striker or a midfielder and is currently playing for Amicalin the Matson's Premier Football League. He is the most well-known player to come out of the Solomon Islands and has previously played in New Zealand for Richmond Athletic and the Football Kingz amongst other clubs, in Fiji and Tahiti and has also played for Laugu FC in his native country. He is also one of the Solomon Islands national football team's most successful players helping them reach the oceanic play-off final against Australia in 2005. He made his debut in 1992 and collected over 40 caps, also scoring a fair share of goals.
Track and field athlete
Pauline Kwalea is a track and field sprint athlete who competes internationally for the Solomon Islands. Kwalea represented the Solomon Islands at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. She competed at the 100 metres sprint and placed 9th in her heat without advancing to the second round. She ran the distance in a time of 13.28 seconds. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she set a new personal best time of 12.90 although she did not advance to the quarterfinals in the Women's 100m event.
Sir Baddeley Devesi GCMG, GCVO was a Solomon Islander politician who served as the first Governor-General of the Solomon Islands for two consecutive terms. He was born in Guadalcanal. He served as the first Governor-General of the Solomon Islands from July 7, 1978 to July 7, 1988. Later, he served as Foreign Minister from 1989 to 1990, Interior Minister from 1990 to 1992, and Deputy Prime Minister from 1990 to 1993 and 1997 to 2000, until the government was removed by a coup d'etat. As a leader during the independence, he criticized Britain for its lack of preparation for the handover of autonomy, which ultimately led to the political crises the Solomons have suffered following independence. He quipped that "that the empire was leaving behind a system of British justice and Parliament, but for an island nation with 4 volcanoes and 70 languages." In particular he was concerned about the absence of preparation for economic development. In 1993, he addressed the United Nations General Assembly with concerns that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change did not sufficiently address the issue of global warming. He was also a strong advocate of the Treaty of Rarotonga.
Fred Hale is a footballer from the Solomon Islands. He currently plays as a goalkeeper for Marist FC in the Honiara FA League. Between 2000 and 2007, he won 13 caps for the Solomon Islands national football team.
George Lui in Solomon Islands is a footballer who plays as a Midfielder. He currently plays for Marist in the Honiara FA League and the Solomon Islands national football team.
Olympic Track and field Athlete
Chris Meke Walasi is a sprinter from the Solomon Islands. He came 6th in Heat 3 of the 100 metres Preliminaries at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Peter Shannel Agovaka
Peter Shannel Agovaka is a Solomon Islands politician. He studied at Telecom College in Papua New Guinea, then at the North Sydney Institute of Engineering in Australia, before working as a Community Affairs Officer for Gold Ridge Mining Limited in Solomon Islands. His career in national politics began when he was elected to Parliament as the member for Central Guadalcanal in the April 2006 general election. He was appointed Minister for Provincial Government and Constituency Development in Snyder Rini's government, but lost his Cabinet position when Rini resigned before a motion of no confidence in Parliament in May. In August, however, the new Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare, appointed him Minister for Commerce, Industries and Employment, a position he held until the Sogavare government was overthrown by a motion of no confidence in December 2007. Under Derek Sikua's ensuing premiership, Agovaka was, for a time, Leader of the Independent Members of Parliament, from January to September 2008. He retained his seat in Parliament in the August 2010 general election, as a member of the newly formed Ownership, Unity and Responsibility Party, and was appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Relations in Prime Minister Danny Philip's Cabinet. When Gordon Darcy Lilo replaced Philip as Prime Minister in November 2011, Agovaka retained his position in government. He was, however, sacked on 9 February 2012, after having, during a meeting with Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov in Fiji, "discussed the possibility of establishing diplomatic relations" between the two countries. Lilo wrote publicly to Shannel and told him he had breached "collective Cabinet responsibility": "As a developing country Solomon Islands should continue to strengthen our ties with traditional partners before pursuing new diplomatic groupings".
John Moffat Fugui
John Moffat Fugui is a Solomon Islands politician. He obtained his first Master's degree at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, then two more at the University of Hawai'i in the United States, where he then also obtained his PhD. He subsequently worked as a political adviser to the Solomon Islands government. His career in national politics began when he was elected to Parliament as the member for Central Honiara in the August 2010 general election, standing as an independent candidate. He was then appointed Minister for the Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology in Prime Minister Danny Philip's Cabinet. When Gordon Darcy Lilo replaced Philip as Prime Minister in November 2011, Fugui retained his position in government. On 22 October 2012, Fugui left the government. He announced that he had resigned because he had had no permanent secretary for seven months; Prime Minister Lilo stated that he had sacked him for siding with the Opposition. Lilo replaced him with Bradley Tovosia.
Sir Moses Puibangara Pitakaka GCMG served as the third Governor-General of the Solomon Islands from 7 July 1994 until 7 July 1999. Pitakaka was from Choiseul Province. His widow is Lady Lois Pitikaka. On 15 June 1999, Pitakaka declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of ethnic violence killed four on Guadalcanal. He died at the National Referral Hospital in Honiara early on the morning of Christmas Day 2011. He received a state funeral on 28 December.
Vivian Wickham is a former association footballer from the Solomon Islands. Despite this, he spent his club career in Australia and New Zealand, also playing seven times for the Solomon Islands national football team. Wickham played as a midfielder and also played beach soccer for his country at the 2006 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.
Gideon Omokirio is a Solomon Islands footballer who currently plays for PRK Hekari United.
Rexford Orotaloa is a Solomon Islands writer best known for the novel Two Times Resurrection and the story collection Suremada: Faces from a Solomon Island Village. His work often focuses on the conflict between modern and traditional culture.
George Suri is a Solomon Islands soccer defender, currently playing for NZFC side Auckland City FC.
Jack Iroga is a sprinter from the Solomon Islands.
Phillip Mango is a Solomon Islands football player.
William Ni'i Haomaepia is a politician of the Solomon Islands who has been Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade since December 2007. He has served in the National Parliament of the Solomon Islands since 1993 as MP for Small Malaita. Haomae was first elected to the National Parliament from Small Malaita in May 1993. He was Minister for Culture, Tourism and Aviation from 1994 to August 5, 1997, and he was re-elected to his parliamentary seat in August 1997. Under Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, he became Minister for Police and Justice on July 2, 2000; he subsequently became Deputy Prime Minister and Caretaker Minister for National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace on August 13, 2001, remaining in that post until December 2001. He was re-elected to Parliament in December 2001 and April 2006, and he served as Minister for Police and National Security in the short-lived government of Prime Minister Snyder Rini from April 21, 2006 to May 4, 2006. On May 16, 2006, Haomae was named by Opposition Leader Fred Fono as Opposition Spokesman for Police and National Security in the shadow cabinet, remaining in that post until December 2007. He was one of the MPs who nominated Derek Sikua as Prime Minister in the latter month, and following Sikua's victory Haomae was sworn in as Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade on December 22, 2007.
Samson Takayama is an international footballer from the Solomon Islands who plays for Koloale FC, as a defender.
Andrew Abba is a football player.
Joachim Rande is a football player.
Gagame Feni is a Solomon Islands footballer who plays as a striker for Solomon Warriors.
Jenny Keni is a sprinter from the Solomon Islands. Keni has represented her country at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, as well as the 2002 Commonwealth Games. She also took part in the 2003 and 2007 World Athletics Championships, setting a national record in the former with a time of 12.64 seconds in the 100 metre sprint. In the Solomon Islands Games in 2006, Keni won silver in the 100m sprint, and bronze in the 200m sprint.
David Firisua is a Solomon Islands professional footballer, who is currently playing for Central United in the Lotto Sport Italia NRFL Premier.
Tome Faisi is a Solomon Islands footballer who plays as a defender. He played at the 2012 OFC Nations Cup.
Joachim Waroi is a Solomon Islands soccer player who plays for Amicale FC.
Shadrack Ramoni is a Solomon Islands footballer who plays for Koloale FC Honiara.
David Taro is a Solomon Islands soccer defender. He plays usually as a right back defender. He was part of 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Abraham Iniga is a Solomon Islands footballer who plays for Marist F.C.
Hadisi Aengari is a Solomon Islands footballer who plays for Solomon Warriors FC.
Joses Nawo is a Solomon Islands soccer player who plays for Amicale F.C.
Nicholas Muri is a Solomon Islands soccer player.
Himson Teleda is a Solomon Islands soccer player.
David Naitoro is a Solomon Islands football player.