Samoa Prime Minister Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa Conferred Honarary Doctorate of Laws Degree

Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa is a trailblazer in Samoan politics, serving as the first female Prime Minister of Samoa with an unwavering commitment to promoting excellence and progress in Samoa.

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Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, 28 March 2024. Photo: Rodney Tafeaga, SGN.

The National University of Samoa at its graduation ceremony on Thursday 28th March 2024, conferred an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree on Samoa Prime Minister, Afioga Fiame Naomi Mata’afa.

Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata’afa is a trailblazer in Samoan politics, serving as the first female Prime Minister of Samoa.

Fiame has been a dedicated Member of Parliament since 1985, representing the Constituency of Lotofaga, and she is also the longest-serving female member of the Samoan Parliament to date.

In addition to her political career, Afioga Fiamē Naomi Mata’afa has made significant contributions to education, women’s leadership, the environment, and Samoa’s social and economic development.

She has held various ministerial positions, including a transformative 15 years as Minister of Education, and has held the portfolios of Minister of Women, Minister of Justice, and Minister of Natural Resources and Environment.

As Pro-Chancellor of the National University of Samoa from 1991 to 2006, Afioga Fiame oversaw important initiatives, such as the merger between the School of Nursing and the Faculty of Nursing, as well as the integration of the Western Samoa Teachers College into the NUS Faculty of Education. She also played a key role in the merger between the National University of Samoa and the Samoa Polytechnic in 2006.

For her outstanding contributions to education, women’s leadership, and community development, the National University of Samoa is proud to confer upon Honourable Prime Minister Afioga Fiame Naomi Mata’afa the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws. This prestigious recognition honours her dedication and leadership in empowering women and advancing education in Samoa.

The ceremony took place during the Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 28th March, 2024, at the N.U.S campus in Le Papaigalagala.

Join us in celebrating the achievements of Honourable Prime Minister Afioga Fiame Naomi Mata’afa and her unwavering commitment to promoting excellence and progress in Samoa.

SOURCE – The National University of Samoa

Hon Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, 28 March 2024. Photo: Rodney Tafeaga, SGN.