By Kenny Pawa Ambiasi
Graham Billinflint William, the Deputy Principal Academic at Brugam Secondary School in East Sepik Province has become an aspiring, influential author and inspirational speaker. Graham is a full-time school administrator and teacher and family man but finds time between his career and personal life to write books.
Graham developed the passion to write books when he was small. One morning when he was playing marble with his elder sister (Sevra William) near their house, his father came straight from church (after morning devotion). On his father’s hand, he was holding onto a book titled “JESUS OF NAZERETH” written by IAN COLLINS. Graham was
so curious about the book and asked his father, “Who wrote the book?” “This book is written by someone who had went to school so if you go to school, you will be a writer like him” his father replied. On that day, Graham never knew that his father had planted a seed of writing books in him.
He took it for granted as he was a small boy.
Years passed, Graham forgot all about writing. In 2009, one of his mentor, Tiri Kuimbakul, author of “Life After Graduation” and “Young Money” took a writing seminar at AOG Shalom Church in Goroka. In
that seminar, Tiri Kuimbakul encouraged them to write books and Grahams’ dream of writing books came alive. The seed which was implanted by his father started to sprout. He started writing his first book titled “Amazing Secrets to Perform Well in School” which was recently published with other books in 2011.
So far, Graham has written and published three books; “Amazing Secrets to Perform Well in School”, Basic Principles To Develop Your Mind For Success”, and “Daily Bread For A Year” all in the same year, 2022, with the help of fellow author and publisher Kenny Pawa Ambiasi under the Shepherd’s Publishing Co. Company. Copies of
“Amazing Secrets to Perform Well in School” and “Basic Principles to Develop Your Mind For Success” are already on the shelves of designated bookshops while “Daily Bread for A Year” is still on print.
Graham has perceived that writing a book is a special art which he like to master along his writing career. He had observed that books can help students have access to vital information which is necessary for their development and growth not only as students but citizens of this nation, Papua New Guinea.
“Seeing many young people especially school children not maximizing their full potential saddens me both as a teacher and school administrator. I feel defeated on earnestly carrying out duties when many of my students don’t do well in their school work and take up further studies to realize their dreams and live as a responsible citizen of this nation.
This has compelled me to do one more extra thing. And that was to provide a guide for students to follow.” Graham said.
Graham is the second born son to Reverend William Wa’abiya Hiyu &
Jennifer wa’abiya Hiyu. He grew up as an ordinary village boy in a small hamlet in Kutubu in the Southern Highlands Province. Most of his early life was spent in church as his parents transferred from place to place carrying out God’s work.
As guided by his father’s advice and principles, Graham did his grade 1 to grade 8 in Orokana Primary School from 1995 to 2022. After completing his grade 8, he was selected to do grades 9 & 10 in Kutubu
High school (now, Kutubu Secondary). Then he was selected to do Grades 11 & 12 in Mogol Secondary from 2005 to 2006 still in Southern Highlands Province.
In 2007, Graham was selected to do Bachelor of Natural Science in UOG, a newly introduced program similar to UPNG Science foundation. While still doing Bachelor of Natural Science at University of Goroka, he took up Computing (ICT) as a second degree program. In 2010, He graduated with Bachelor of Natural Science Degree and ICT. In the following year, he applied for Post Graduate Studies in the same institution. Now, Graham has dual degrees and a Post Graduate Diploma.
As Graham is a patriotic Papua New Guinean, he pursued his teaching career at Maprik Secondary in East Sepik Province teaching Physics, Mathematics and Computing. After four (4) years in Maprik Secondary,
he transferred to Brugam Secondary School in 2015 which he was promoted to Deputy Principal.
Graham believes that nothing is neither easy nor hard in this world if we put our time, effort and mind into it and work with the zeal of perseverance. So he strives to be a leading PNG author to inspire young people in his life.
Clarence Shepard Day Jr. (1874 –1935), an American author and cartoonist, best known for his work ‘Life With Father’ made a very wise observation about books. Clarence said “The world of books is the most remarkable creation of man; nothing else that he builds ever lasts. Monuments fall; nations perish; civilizations grow old and die out. After an era of darkness, new races build others; but in the world of
books are volumes that live on still as young and fresh as the day they were written, still telling men’s heart of the hearts of men centuries dead.” Graham retried that “Books are information banks that can broaden our knowledge and understanding. Books are catalysts that can speed up the process of pursuing our goals.
So read books, further still write books”.
If you want to get the copies of Graham’s or publish your book, contact the author or publisher on 73026091 or 72208420.
May Graham’s story inspire you to live a positive life.
Next : Being A Security Guard After Graduating From University Wasn't Wasted