They say it takes a village to raise a child, and in Oea's instance it took a virtual village across borders for his burgeoning career to flourish.
From Scott Reid who started AFL PNG around the turn of the century, to AFL Queensland talent manager Mark Browning, and host family Tim and Chris Searl on the Gold Coast, who Oea still lives with today, hundreds of people have played a part.
"Moving away from my family was pretty tough. The lifestyle down here is different. Back home is a different culture, so moving away was tough," Oea said.
"The first week I was so happy and the second week I was a little bit homesick. Lucky, I have a beautiful family."