As the world gears up for International Women’s Day (IWD), the Vanuatu Daily Post embarks on a series of interviews with women across various workplaces, illuminating their experiences and journeys.

Among these remarkable individuals is Gaiele Taufa, affectionately known as DJ Kira, a radio announcer on Capital FM 107. Hailing from Tongan heritage, DJ Kira was born and raised in Vanuatu by her Tongan parents. Her foray into the world of radio announcing commenced in 2007, coinciding with the establishment of FM 107.

Despite initial aspirations to pursue tourism studies at the University of South Pacific (USP), her path diverged towards the captivating realm of broadcasting.

During her initial stint with FM 107, DJ Kira spent a fruitful four years honing her craft. However, her journey took a new trajectory when she transitioned to become the radio announcer for FM 98 under the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) from 2012 to 2017.

Yet, her heart led her back to the familiar frequencies of FM 107, where she has remained a steadfast presence since.

Beyond the airwaves, DJ Kira finds fulfilment in her role as a mother, alongside her devoted partner, nurturing three cherished children.

Despite unforeseen detours from her original plans, DJ Kira expresses a profound love for her profession, admitting she had never envisioned herself as a radio announcer. Colleagues characterise her as high- spirited, citing her infectious energy and, above all, her melodious voice as her defining traits.

Offering advice to her listeners, particularly women and young girls, DJ Kira advocates for the pursuit of passion over obligation.

“Don’t do something that you are forced to do, always do things that you are passionate about,” she advises, echoing her own journey of embracing unforeseen opportunities with ardour and authenticity.

As IWD approaches, DJ Kira stands as a testament to the power of perseverance, resilience, and the unwavering pursuit of one’s true calling.

Through her voice, she not only entertains but also inspires countless individuals to embrace their passions and carve their paths with unwavering determination.