The Malta Independent 10 December 2022, Saturday
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Getting to know Gejtu Vella

Sunday, 4 September 2022, 10:00 Last update: about 4 months ago

Gejtu Vella attended the former Polytechnic were he successfully completed a course in Hotel Management and Food Preparation. He worked in the hotel industry for ten years, following which he joined the trade union movement.  

In the Union Haddiema Maqghudin, Gejtu climbed the career ladder from junior secretary to Secretary General over a span of twenty-five years.   Gejtu left the trade union sector in 2011 and ventured in providing best practice industrial relations, setting up the consultancy firm People at Work.  

Gejtu is a member of the good governance board of the Hamrun Spartans FC and has been an Hon. President of the St Joseph Band Club Hamrun since May 2004.  Gejtu is a non-executive Director of JD Operations Ltd.  In 2011, he was conferred the Order of Merit by the Emeritus President of the Republic, his Excellency George Abela.


What was the last book you read?  

Great Power Politics in the Fourth Industrial Revolution – The Geoeconomics of Technological Sovereignty - Glenn Diesen

Who is your favourite author?

Too many to mention

What was the last film you watched?

Must have been many years ago!  

Which film have you seen multiple times and enjoyed every time you saw it?

I have not been to the cinema for many years. 

Who is your favourite actor/actress?

Rowan Atkinson

What is your favourite TV series?

Mr Bean

What is your favourite game or sport to watch and play?


 Which team do you support?

Man. United/Hamrun Spartans    

Which song would you sing at a karaoke night?


Who is your favourite singer/band? 

Dire Straits


Which show/event would you like to attend/have attended? 

 I would like to attend a concert by Chris Rea.

What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?

 Water/knife/ torchlight

Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?


What's the most unusual thing you've ever eaten?

Stewed horse meat 

What is that one thing you could not go a day without?

Mobile phone

Which fictional character do you relate to most? 

I am my own man!

Do you check your horoscope?


What age would you choose if you could be one age forever?

40 to 45

What invention would you erase from history?

 Mass destructive ammunition

Would you like to know the day when you will die?


What's your favourite animal?


What's your favourite type of foreign food? 


What is your favourite hobby?

I collect old photos of Malta. 

What's your favourite season?


What's your favourite ice cream topping?


What's your favourite board game?


What is your favourite pizza?


What is your favourite colour?


What is your favourite pasta dish?


What is your favourite cartoon show?

Tom and Jerry


What did you like to do most during the summer holidays?

Playing hide-and-seek in the street

What career did you see yourself in when you were young?

An Army/Police Officer

What is your best childhood memory?

Going to Ghadira Bay with my parents and my two brothers

Did you learn how to ride a bike?


Who was your super hero?

My father

Which toy do you wish to have kept?

A coloured truck made of balsa wood. 

What subject did you excel in at school?


What subject did you dislike the most in school?


Was there some family tradition that was never missed?

Christmas lunch

What are the best values you owe to your parents?

Honesty, respect and loyalty


What would you change about yourself if you could?

Stop troubling myself unnecessarily with problems which are beyond me 

What really makes you angry?

Deceitful persons

Is your glass half full or half empty?

Half full

Are you a sore loser?

Yes, at times

What is your biggest regret? 

Not fulfilling a childhood dream to get recruited in the Army/Police Force.

What’s the first thing you look for in a partner and/or friend?


What is your greatest fear?

Buried with small crawling creatures doing their rounds

What is your life motto?

Be prepared. 

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

I am old enough; I can see through you! 

What's one thing that can instantly make your day better?

Greeted by a passer-by with a good day!


If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you do or buy?

Visit Fr Martin Micallef of Dar il-Providenza with the aim to assist him financially in his daily endeavours. 

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be? 

JFK, Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and Tony Blair

If you could bring one person back from the dead who’d it be?

My father

If you could time travel, when and where would you go? 

Late 70s – Valletta formerly known Kingsway Street

If you could relive one moment in your life, which would it be?

At the Scouts Group Head Quarters in Hamrun

If you could live anywhere outside Malta, where would it be?

Switzerland - Geneva.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?


If you could know the truth behind a secret or mystery, which would it be?

What really happens after we pass away from this eventful life

If you could eliminate one of the seven deadly sins, which one would it be?


If you had to be given a superpower, what would you choose? 

Eradicate poverty.  


Coffee or tea?


Walk or swim?


Summer or winter?


Italy or England?


Restaurant or delivery?


Early bird or night owl?

Early bird

Fish or meat?


Mobile phone or TV?

Mobile phone

Black or white?


Film or TV series?

TV Series.


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