Bula Fiji – one of the Kris Fox videos.
Report – By Isabella Bernal
Kiwi social media sensation Kris Fox, known for his comedic videos, has inspired Fiji kids at a school in Nadi.
Fox has more than 95,000 likes on his Facebook page and more than 7000 subscribers to his YouTube account.
Fiji-born Fox, 21, was invited to present at TA Learning Centre and Professional Tuition Services, to talk to local kids about his experience and how to work hard for success.
Fox, a third-year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in English and new media at AUT University, talked about the importance of focusing at school and how anything is possible.
“I got to meet some amazing kids who aspire to do well in life. This was a really humbling opportunity for me,” says Fox.
Principal Alfred Taito says he wanted his students to meet Fox because most of them will never get the opportunity to meet a celebrity and he is someone they can relate to because of his Fijian background.
Taito says the students like Fox’s upbeat personality and how his videos can take them into a world of their own, away from their usual comfort zone.
“It’s very motivational for our students to see someone that they watch online in reality. Seeing an artist in real life is beyond explanation and a whole new learning experience for them”.
TA Learning Centre has students from different villages and schools around Fiji who travel there to improve their education after school and during the holidays.
“I feel that education should be harnessed in so many ways to give them that extra boost of learning. At our school we do what we can to change a child’s life,” says Taito.
Taito started the school in 2004 as a place where teachers can focus on individual students needs and to those with learning disabilities like dyslexia
Lia Waqanibaravi, 17, from Nasoso says: “I started watching his videos a year ago so it was awesome seeing him here. I like his hairstyles and his twerking”.
Villiame Osborne, 15, says, “I like his confidence. It was really cool to have someone come and talk to us from overseas”.
“It’s so crazy to come back to my hometown and have people recognise me and want photos with me. I feel so blessed to have this many people who love what I do,” says Fox.
“When I first started posting videos to my Facebook page last June I never expected it to get as big as it did”.
Isabella Bernal is a final year Bachelor of Communication Studies student journalist at AUT University.