Bernard Narokobi

Bernard Narokobi (1945-2010), politician, lawyer and poet. Narakobi was born in Wewak, East Sepik District, and educated at Kerevat High School and the University of Sydney in Australia. He graduated LL.B., was admitted to the New South Wales (NSW) Bar and practiced as a barrister in NSW. On his return to PNG he became the provincial and local government planner for East Sepik District and then a Judge of the National Court.

Narakobi was a founding member and sometime leader of the Melanesian Alliance (MA). He was elected to the House of Assembly to represent an East Sepik electorate in 1987 and served as Minister for Justice from 1988-92. He has chaired the Law Reform Commission, the National Youth Council, the National Cultural Council and a number of community bodies. He was the legal advisor to the Constitutional Planning Committee. Narakobi is a member of the executive of the Papua New Guinea Council of Churches and an Honorary Professor in Melanesian Philosophy at UPNG. He has represented PNG at a number of overseas conferences.

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