The Fijian term ‘namu’ translates to mosquito.
It is often used as a term that describes an individual that is fond of freeloading. A namu can easily be recognised as a person who attends a social gathering without bringing any contribution (sevusevu). That could be in the form of kava, alcohol or food.
This behaviour of expecting a ‘good time’ at a cheap price is overlooked more often nowadays and there is an evident reason for it to stop.
Showing up to a function without an offering in hand is considered disrespectful. This is because generosity is something one must not abuse. The hosts and attendees may feel as though they are being taken advantage of.
If one is to attend a function, by hook or crook they must present an offering upon arrival as a show of respect.
On the occasion that one does not have anything to offer, one could ask for forgiveness formally or simply not attend the function altogether.
If you or someone you know is likely to ‘namu’, it is up to you to put an end to this impolite behaviour.
It’s for the betterment of everyone involved 🙂