The National – Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I WOULD like to express my disappointment about how PNG handled the death of one of PNG’s greatest sons who brought the entertainment industry in this country to the local and international audience.
The late William Takaku was an innovative person who taught many people in PNG about theatre arts, drama and performance.
He was a pioneer in theatre arts, one of the best tools for communication in this country where there are so many languages and barriers to overcome.
Papua New Guinea has lost a producer, script writer and performer.
This is a huge loss to the nation.
For the government and people in the entertainment industry to stay silent over his death is a slap in the face to the people of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and to those who worked closely with Takaku.
For his contribution to HIV and AIDS through theatre trainings for many stakeholders and drama groups in the country, I would like to express my gratitude to his family and his people for the time spent working with the National AIDS Council Secretariat through the PNG National HIV/AIDS support project (2003-04) on reviving drama and theatre arts.
HIV and AIDS messages are relayed through drama, which is a popular tool used by many stakeholders and youth groups in the country.
William, thank you for the wealth of knowledge and skills you gave us.