2015 was the biggest year for Bougainville 24 since it was launched in October 2013, in terms of number of published articles, readers and contributors.
308 articles were published in 2015 and a majority of these have been original work by Bougainvillean contributors.
Bougainville 24 is only possible because of the women and men who are keen to contribute to an ever growing body of work and talk about their own places, experiences and culture. A deserved thank you to Gideon Davika, Anastasia Hagai, Maryanne Hanette, Veronica Hannette, Liza Kabui, Pauline Karalus, Peter Karatapi Jnr., Eleanor Maineke, Zilpah Maurua, Jennifer Nkui, Benjamin Heriberth Noibio, Ishmael Palipal, Alice Peter, Timothy Poroda, Leonard Fong Roka, Ancitha Semoso, Tevu Tenasi and Winterford Toreas, who wrote articles in 2015; and to all the others who have contributed in previous years.
Bougainville 24 is also dependent on the continuing support from readers. This year the website received an unprecedented 72,000 views from over 24,000 people. By comparison, in 2014 Bougainville 24 had around 50,000 views from 10,000 individuals.
The most read story in 2015 was the terrible news from Leonard Fong Roka that his baby daughter had passed away in Buin, where the family had been living. The tragic news of this event resulted in an outpouring of grief from the extended Bougainville 24 community, with eleven messages of condolence posted to the site and another 300 via Facebook.
Roka, preeminent Bougainvillean writer and former Bougainville Copper Foundation scholarship recipient, also wrote the second most read story of the year – a piece on the downturn of gold panning in the Tumpusiong Valley and the effects has for Panguna.
2015 also saw the launch of the Bougainville 24 Facebook page, which has grown quickly to having 2,147 likes.
The top ten Facebook posts for 2015 were:
- Walking and living an empty life after burying my Dollorose – Leonard Fong Roka
- Buka Airport declared the worst in PNG – Anthony Kaybing
- Final year students present research on AROB – Ishmael Palipal
- New Marau market rivals Buin – Leonard Fong Roka
- John Roka’s final day – Leonard Fong Roka
- The day of bullets – Benjamin Heriberth Noibio
- Reconciliation & burial for Daddy John brings peace to Roka family – Leonard Fong Roka
- Eight major Arawa roads upgraded – Australian High Commission
- Konnou students prepare for awareness campaign – Benjamin Heriberth Noibio
- Dame Carol Kidu says Bougainville leads the way with historic election – Bougainville Copper Limited
Bougainville 24 will continue to deliver unique and original perspectives and stories from Bougainville in 2016.