Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi AKA Vika Mana, is a proud Torres Strait Islander and Tongan storyteller that takes many forms. They descend from the Zagareb and Dauareb tribes of Mer Island and the village of Fahefa in Tonga. They perform poetry, write criticism, breathe life into worlds and lastly, can share a joke or two, max. That’s because they only know exactly two jokes.They’ve written for Overland, The Big Issue, the Saturday Paper and several publications both at home and internationally. Vika is also a part of the FAMILI collective, rapping about Afros and abolition. In 2019, Meleika became one of ten writers that were chosen to be a part of The Next Chapter scheme from the Wheeler Centre.
Iconic Duos: The Next Chapter Writers and Mentors
Jean Bachoura, Maria Tumarkin, Arnold Zable, Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi, Arthur Bolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Veronica Sullivan
Evelyn Araluen, Meleika Gesa-Fatafehi, Jasmin McGaughey, Racheal Oak Butler, Lorna Munro