Biographical entry: Takua


Takua of Mboli was an important bigman from Boli on Nggela in the decades before the Protectorate was established. He was born on Malaita and owed his prominence to his having been in his youth part of a federation of groups that attacked the people of Ta na ihi on Nggela. He was part of the Nggaombata family, and along with his brothers Sauvui and Dikea was regarded as very powerful. The Melanesian Mission (q.v.) judged him to be the most important bigman on the island, and the British navy on occasion used him to exert authority by making arrests. (Codrington 1891, 51-54)

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  • Codrington, Robert H., The Melanesians: Studies in Their Anthropology and Folk-Lore, Reprinted Dover Publications, New York, 1972 edn, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1891. Details