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Fijian ‘afro’ becomes a symbol of national pride

The traditional Fijian unisex hair style called Buiniga [pronounced: Boo-e-ning-ah] looks similar to the more widely known Afro. Although the popularity of the hair style has dwindled in recent years, some young women in Fiji are bucking the trend and refusing to straighten their hair. Buiniga is important to maintaining Fijian culture, says 18-year-old student Arieta Digutu, who took part in a beauty pageant paying tribute to the natural hair style. ‘This competition is important, because we have to keep our culture. My mother and aunt are still wearing buiniga hair style and I am following them’, she says
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