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American TV star is a Samoan chief

He is a star in Hollywood and now a Samoan chief. Star of the Riverdale series on Netflix Keneti James Apa who plays the lead role of Archie Andrews was bestowed his traditional Samoan chiefly title, Sāvae by the Moataa village and chiefs on Thursday morning.

It was a solemn ceremony as villagers lined up and performed the ceremony. He was told that the chiefly title comes with expected responsibilities to family, village and country but he was certain of the new chapter he has taken.

As he accepted a bowl of kava to complete the ceremony he said in Samoan that he took the responsibility seriously.

“It’s an amazing experience,” he said on his social media after the ceremony.

KJ Apa getting bestowed as a chief. Picture: KJ Apa Twitter

The actor has never been shy to show off his Samoan heritage and has always shown this to the world.

He was born and raised in New Zealand. His father is a chief from Moataa village, Tupa’i Keneti Apa and mother a New Zealander, Tessa Apa who spent part of her childhood in Samoa when her father was the country’s Chief Justice in the 1970s.

Mr Apa’s paternal grandfather was Tupa’i Se Apa, a lawyer and a former Attorney General.

KJ Apa with his parents. Picture KJ Apa Twitter

The village of Moataa has many famous sons including former All Black Savae La’auli Sir Michael Niko Jones.

The 25-year-old Savae KJ Apa is also a musician who has received various awards including a Saturn Award, and nominations for an MTV Movie and TV Awards, two People’s Choice awards and two teen Choice Awards.

In films, Apa has also starred in A Dog’s Purpose (2017), The Hate U Give (2018), I Still Believe (2020) and in 2021, he released his debut solo album, the indie folk-rock album Clocks, which received attention on Spotify and Tiktok.

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  1. WELL DONE LAU AFIOGA SAVAE 4 weeks ago
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    well done samoa

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