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Samoan head of state will address BYU students Sept. 16

Brigham Young University's David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies will host a lecture by His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi, the head of state of Samoa, Friday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. in 250 Spencer W. Kimball Tower.

Tupua was elected in 2007 as the head of state of Samoa. He has held a number of academic positions during and after his political career as a member of Parliament and prime minister for two terms. He has authored three books and numerous scholarly journals and publications from his government and academic pursuits.

Described as a defender and proponent of the Samoan language, Tupua was educated at St. Patrick’s College and at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. He is the son of the late Tupua Tamasese Mea'ole and Noue Irene Gustava Ta'isi Nelson and is married to Her Highness Masiofo Filifilia.

This lecture will be archived at For more information, contact Lee Simons at (801) 422-2652or 

Writer: Melissa Connor


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