The Bure where Lutunasobasoba's descendants used to congregate, before the plague
In the song (vucu) about Fijian migration, the leader and their chief who led the first settlers in three canoes arrived in Fiji and then settled there.
The song further tells the story of his children who later became the chiefs of different parts of Fiji. Rokomautu the eldest was the chief of Verata, Ro Melasiga, who also settled around the region but further northward from her elder brother, in Naloto, was later taken by the Naloto people to be the paramount chief of Burebasaga. Tui Nayau moved to Batiki, Daunisai settled Kabara.
The story goes on to explain that the reason for the migration of this very powerful group of people was the big plague that enveloped the region, including Tanganyika where they were from originally.
The journey met its fair share of bad luck during the course of this journey, encountering storms. There was a mention of a mythological stone box which was lost at sea during the storm; that led Lutunasobasoba to howl in deep emotional pain: “Isa noqu kawa era sa na vakaloloma.”
We all know that the Fijian race is still there to this day, and the closure of that very important stone box - and how precious it was, has now been revealed.
What was in that stone box, that caused this great chief to be distressed to utter such a powerful statement as he did even before they reached their destination?
What was so significant about his “kawa’s” (descendant’s) survival which could have been locked or stored in a stone box?
Well, the answer has just been delivered to us through the descendants of Nai, the wife of the great chief.
In his vision as a great leader, Lutunasobasoba knew that in running from a great plague, they had little knowledge of the land they will occupy, and if his descendants were to survive, he was to prepare something for his children to use if the dreaded plague does exist in their newfound land.
The plague has ravaged our land since 1987, and it has made Lutunasobasoba’s decendants turn against each other, they have killed their own and the deep hurt, that overwhelmed Lutunasobasoba then, is now justified when he knew that his “kawas” will encounter misfortune.
But there is a good end to this story and that is that the stonebox has surfaced, and it actually has surfaced in Eygpt, Nai’s country of birth, mother of Fijians, the daughter of an Eygptian tribal chief.
There was only one thing in the stonebox. FREEDOM.
That was what set them apart from the inhabitants of the African continent; it was the only thing that Lutunasobasoba knew would isolate his people from hurt, disease, starvation and death.
When that was lost in the storm, his heart went out to his children and he wept uncontrollably fearing that without the box, they will never again be free of any misfortune.
The Eygptians are on the streets, demanding their freedom, and if it is the truth, that God does work in mysterious way, then he must be trying to tell the “kawa” of Nai and Lutunasobasoba through their Eygptian relatives, that it is time to retain what is rightfully yours.
The stone box has surfaced and it contains your FREEDOM Fiji. Take it and never again be deprived of this possession that your “VU” accidentally forfeited in stormy waters.