Ama Nune Benu: The King of Boti
Ama Nune Benu was the traditional leader of Boti until his death in 2005. He encouraged his community to leave school after grade six. ’’It is good to learn to read and write,’’ he said, ’’but then the land can teach us everything else we need to know for a good life.’’ Without schooling, the people of Boti never developed strong Indonesian language skills, limiting their exposure to outside influence.
Ama Nune Benu