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A regularly updated collection of historical records and  from the Africa Federation archives.

Alhaj Habib Bhai Kassam Manji - (1902-1991)

  An Entrepreneur and a Visionary Leader of our Community in Tanga

 In early 1900s, our community in Tanga consisted of four main businessmen. Br Mohamed Tharoo was the foremost among them. He had agency for selling of tea, sugar and tobacco. He was also a leading textile trader. Br Jaffer Khimji was also a leading businessman dealing in textiles. Br Nazarali Rattansi was a top Khanga merchant and his “Oswal” brand Khanga was famous. Br Juma Ebrahim was a farm owner.
 
The land for the first Mosque & Imambara in Tanga was donated by Br Jaffer Khimji and Br Nasser Virjee. The Imambara was constructed using corrugated iron sheets and the mosque was constructed and donated in 1925 by Br Jaffer Khimji.

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KHOJA SHIA ITHNA-ASHERI HISTORY - MBALE, UGANDA

NARRATED BY MARHUM LALJI BHAI RAWJI

 Laljibhai Rawji (75) of Mbale narrates the history of our community at Mbale, Uganda. He recalls the arrival at Mbale of entrepreneur Waljibhai Bhanji in 1906. At that time, there were 16 Indian shops including the famous Alidina Visram. Houses were made of mud and iron sheets. On arrival, Waljibhai applied to the District Commissioner Perryman for a plot to construct a house. Upon approval a mud house was built and this was used to start a wholesale business. Waljibhai used to trade with Mombasa in crop produce.  Remtullabhai Rawji was his  manager.
 
In 1919, they jointly opened a cotton ginnery at Budaka, a town near Mbale. In 1922, he constructed buildings and warehouses at Ladoto (22 miles from Mbale) and appointed Br. Lalji Rawji as manager.

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KSI JAMAAT OF MAURITIUS

The Ithna-Asheris were among the early migrants to Mauritius from India in 1890s. Currently none of the descendants of first settlers of our community can be found in Mauritius. The first settlers were: Visram Ebrahim from Cutch, Rashid Alidina from Cutch and who was a leading sugar merchant of Mumbai, Hirji Khakoo, father of Peera Hirji of Zanzibar, Janmohamed Datoo of Cutch, Ratansi and Mohamed Dossa Khakuwani of Bhuj, and Allarkhia Dewji of Cutch, being the former partner of Karim Lalji Sajan of Mumbai.

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AFED’S DOWN THE MEMORY LANE

Excerpt of Interview with Said Mohamed aka “Said Nyanya”

Said Mohamed, popularly known as Said “Nyanya” is a staunch supporter of Dsm Union Sports Club.  The most striking and admirable aspect of Said has been his sincerity and keenness for the prosperity of cricket among our youths.  In order to encourage our youths he would go to watch them if other more convenient ground exhibited better and more competitive cricket. Said offering his “Asr prayer” which coincides with tea break is a common sight at any ground. It reflects the pious nature of this humble and friendly soul. The following is an excerpt of the interview held with him:-

Q: Would you relate your personal background?

A: I was born in 1928 at Hadhramaut in Yemen and landed in Zanzibar at the age of 6 years.

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AFED’S DOWN THE MEMORY LANE

THE COMMUNITY SPORTS LEGENDS (Part 4)

YOUNG AND ENERGETIC CRICKETERS OF THE UNION SPORTS CLUB IN 1984

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ZANZIBAR FAIZE ITHNA ASHERI NIGHT SCHOOL

In 1926, the Faize Ithna Asheri was established in Zanzibar where the following contributed for its welfare activities:

Marhum Haji Hussein Sheriff Dewji
Marhum Haji Esmail Gulamhussein
Marhum Haji Abdulhussein Rashid Nathani
Marhum Haji Abdulhussein Nasser Bhalloo
Marhum Haji Abdulrasul Alidina Saleh
Marhum Haji M. D. Kermali
Marhum Haji Hussein A Rahim
 
Whilst beginning the night religious classes, Marhum Haji Abdulrasul Alidina Saleh, Marhum Haji Gulamhussein Sachedina Lalji and Marhum Haji H M Rashid (Nathani) were serving as administrators.
 
In 1928, Faize Ithna Asheri established the night religious classes which previously was functioning under Marhum Haji Mohamed Mulla Jaffer of Mehfile Shahe Najaf where he used to impart religious knowledge.  The committee members used to run the day to day issues of Faize Ithna Asheri by taking support from Marhum Haji Mulla Mohamed together with the contribution from Marhum Haji Mohamed Mulla Jaffer as well as Marhum Haji Raza Rashid Nathani, Marhum Haji H M Rashid (Nathani),Marhum Haji Mohamedjaffer Rashid Nathani (Maalim Mia) and many others who served the institute.

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AFED’S DOWN THE MEMORY LANE PHOTOGRAPHS

The Legacy of Sports in Zanzibar

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MARHOOM ALHAJ MOHAMEDHUSSEIN BANDALI VERSI     

A PROMINENT SOCIAL WORKER FROM LINDI

(1921 – 2011)

Marhoom Mohamedhussein bhai Bandali Versi, fondly known as M B Versi was born in Lindi on 14 December 1921. He pursued his education in Lindi and then joined the family business. Marhoom was keen and diligent in serving the community and also deeply committed in the public services.

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AFED’S DOWN THE MEMORY LANE

THE COMMUNITY SPORTS LEGENDS (Part 3)

MOHAMED NATHOO

If the communal services of the grandfather, Ali Nathoo, remain unparalleled in the history of Zanzibar, the contributions of the grandson, Mohamed Nathoo, remains unequalled in the history of Union Sports Club (USC). The day in 1973, when he lifted Upanga Sports Club dependable baller Pranlal Divecha for a six clinching Union the league championship after a lapse of 19 years, Mohamed has proceeded all along the decade carrying Union’s flag aloft amidst rough passages and critical moments.
 
Born on 11th February, 1946 in Zanzibar, Mohamed is a well built athlete and a pleasant personality. His attracts high respect from his contemporaries, and cricket fans.

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AFED’S DOWN THE MEMORY LANE
THE COMMUNITY SPORTS LEGENDS (Part 2)

Noorali  Jessa

He was a prolific batsman with vast potential. He captained the Ithnasheri Gymkhana for several years played for Zanzibar XI and led his side on many occasions.  It was under his captaincy that Zanzibar won the Pardhan Ladha Shield for the first time in 1951 against formidable Dar es Salaam XI. Mr. Noorali Jessa was essentially a dependable opening bat and executed his strokes, especially his latecuts, with admirable ability. He was sound wicket keeper too. Those with rich memory will not hesitate to pay tribute to his contributions.

His cricket career started at the tender age of 16 when he played for ‘A’ division. He passed away in Mombasa in 1969 bat in hand.

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AFED’S DOWN THE MEMORY LANE
THE COMMUNITY SPORTS LEGENDS (Part 1)

Akber Gulamhussein (Fondly known as Aku)
 
Once in Zanzibar in 1952 Ithnasheri Gymkhana ‘A’ lost to Arabs in a cricket game in which a young lad was left out from team ‘A’ and made to play for team ‘B’. The young lad took shelter under a tree and wept profusely.

Ironically the same Arabs side lost their next game against the Ithnasheri Gymkhana team ‘B’ side and were bowled out cheaply by that lad who took 8 wickets. The lad was Akber Gulamhussein.

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