And grateful that your family was blessed with this unique opportunity to serve the Imam of the Time. Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by Mr. Yusuf Bharmal, President of Southern Highland Regional Council; Mr. Abdulla Tejpar, President of the National Council of Tanzania, and Diwan Sir Eboo Pribhai, President of the Supreme Council for Africa. Our aunt Sikina (Fuima to us) who had played a major role in our grandfather’s Iringa Jamatkhana project and his business, had developed a close friendship with the Chief and his family. I had no knowledge of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Iringa in November 1966. The issue was raised again in the 1930s when a Herr Henschel wrote to the British authorities in Tanganyika. As fate would have it half a century after the death of Chief Mkwawa, his grandson, Chief Adam Sapi Mkwawa, and the grandson of Sykes Mbuwane, Abdulwahid Sykes, met at Kalenga in 1954. Accompanied by the consul and the vice-consul, he went to the Museum. There is speculation that this skull doesn’t belong to the Hehe chief. Ndugu Shaba had been pre-occupied by … Appropriately, the banquet was held in the social/dining hall of the Aga Khan Boarding School. Feel proud that we had been visited by so many VIPs and dignitaries like our Prime Minister, A.S. Natepe, Hon. He knew of an embalmed head and stated there was ‘substantial certainty’ that it was that of Sultan Mkwawa. Chief Mkwawa’s grandson, Chief Adam Sapi Mkwawa (1920-1998), had the recognition and political influence to become the First Speaker of the House of independent Tanzania’s parliament for more than 25 years over two terms. According to his report, the ceremony was a ‘memorable one’, attended by foreign dignitaries, ‘Chief Adam Sapi, members of his family, all the Sub-Chiefs of the Hehe tribe and more than 30,000 Wahehe’. There is a tomb of Chief Sapi Mkwawa the throne successor and that of Chief Adam Sapi Mkwawa the grandson of Chief Mkwawa and that of his wife Asha who died in April 2009. Concurrently with above developments, and adding validation to Iringa’s prominence as a key educational center, in 1950s, the British colonial government had established in Iringa, a prominent and exclusive private secondary boarding school catering mostly to the white expatriate community of East and Southern Africa. His Jamats’ were waiting for him and he was not going to disappoint them! From 20 November 1973 – 5 November 1975. Before departing this website please take a moment to visit Barakah’s Table of Contents for links to more than 200 pieces dedicated to Mawlana Hazar Imam, his family and the Ismaili Imamat. For our father, as Mukhi, to lead the Iringa Jamat in welcoming our beloved Mawlana Hazar Imam to the magnificent Jamatkana that his father, Mohamed Hamir Pradhan, had built some 33 years earlier and donated to Imam of the Time, was an extraordinary blessed event of his life. All along your family was in the background providing support to him. Top. There is a tomb of Chief Sapi Mkwawa the throne successor and that of Chief Adam Sapi Mkwawa the grandson of Chief Mkwawa and that of his wife Asha who died in April 2009. Chief Mkwawa of the Muyinga dynasty, the conqueror of lands, whose royal bloodline gained him favor with Nguluvi, the Hehe God and made him the most superior chief to have ruled the southwest highlands of present day mainland Tanzania. From 20 November 1973 – 5 November 1975. June 2019. Mkwawa had been the chief of the Hehe tribe in German East Africa (now Tanzania), and opposed German rule. For our Hamir family, and particularly for our parents Akbarali and Kulsum, the news and the visit of Mawlana Hazar Imam during their term as the Mukhi and Mukhiani of the Iringa Jamat was culmination of yet another opportunity of blessings our family had been fortunate to receive in service of the Imam and the Jamat. Twining decided to look into the mystery of the skull again, and heard very vague rumours according to which it was, after all, in Germany. Samatta . He then embarked upon a career of conquest and by his death, which probably occurred in 1879, he had conquered John Sankey - British High Commissioner, Hon. ( Log Out / Thanks once again for sharing this. Sir Horace Byatt’s despatch, 14 November 1918 (catalogue reference: FO 608/215). As Twining noted in his speech at the ceremony, ‘the legend of Mkwawa lived’. As Twining was on a safari at the time, and as the skull seemed to have been very carefully packed, he didn’t want to open the box right away, ‘particularly,’ he wrote, ‘as it [seemed] to have poltergeistic qualities’. Over the next three days, Mawlana Hazar Imam despite his discomfort, conducted hours of religious ceremonies, personally blessing every one of the over 1500 member congregation including Jamats from around the region. Our poor old Bandmaster, Gulab Singh, died on the train. Following World War I (1914-1918), the German defeat led to Tanganyika being a trust territory administered by the British. Providing boarding facilities to youths from all over the region, and retaining the youth of the town in the expanded local school system added significant vibrancy to the community, and to the region’s economic and social life. Unsurprisingly, they drew a blank. It remains in the custody of the Hehe, as a memorial to their country’s finest hour. Muyugumba was chief of one of the small groups and by adding to his lands peacefully he became more powerful than the other petty chiefs. Mawlana Hazar Imam had taken a break on his extended tour of East Africa to return to Europe to attend to some personal matter. The history of the Iringa region, and indeed that of Tanzania, is incomplete without the mention of the role of heroic and influential Mkwawa family dynasty. But prior to his Speakership, he had, through business relationship, befriended the family of our uncle Bhimji Asser Sachedina. It would have a good local effect, and ‘it would also afford tangible proof in the eyes of the natives that German power [had] been completely broken’ (FO 608/215). Paul Bomani (Minister for Natural Resources), H.E. The American Library in Paris wanted to know more about its magical properties, and a Mrs Sherwood wanted to double-check facts for an article. He reported: ‘It came here by air and on the first leg of the journey the emergency exit was blown off to the terror of the passengers who started to be sucked out (…). What a beautiful piece of history your father and grandfather have been a part of and left you all with this legacy. Nyaraka zile utawaona na utawasikia watu hawa wakizungumza na wewe: Dk Joseph Mutahangarwa, Chief Abdieli Shangali wa Machame, Paramount Chief Thomas Marealle wa Marangu, Chief Adam Sapi Mkwawa wa Wahehe, Chief Harun Msabila … The community had also launched several civil society programs such as affordable housing scheme, purchasing cooperatives and promoted the services of the Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee Trust including lending, savings, insurance and investment schemes. Chris Dale Host - German Colonies Posts: 1921 Joined: 21 Apr 2004, 15:48 Location: UK. It is so awe-inspiring to think that this was just ten years into his Imamat! I did know that your grandfather had built the Jamatkhana but I did not know your fuima’s contribution in developing such good relationship with the local community. Mkwawa was born in Luhota and was the son of Chief Munyigumba, who died in 1879.. This was one of the more poignant moment of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Iringa: the love of the Imam for his Jamat notwithstanding risk to his personal well-being, and the love and concern of the Jamat for the Imam. Chief Adam Sapi Mkwawa had been Speaker of the House since his first election which was held Wednesday on November 27, 1963 until Sunday, November 19, 1972 when he was appointed to lead the Capital Development Authority (CDA). It remains in the custody of the Hehe, as a memorial to their country’s finest hour. Chief Adam Sapi Mkwawa was a larger than life figure for me, a towering giant with a powerful voice and an contagious laughter. Birth Date: 0000-00-00 Birth Place:Iringa. I ordered my askari to cut off Mkwawa’s head to take along to camp.’ (CO 822/770). From 6 November 1975 – 25 April 1994. Besides, Twining explained, ‘the skull was bleached, which probably happened when they boiled the meat off it’ – someone at the Colonial Office noted in the margin: ‘Ugh!’, Twining to David, 25 November 1953 (catalogue reference: CO 822/566). Chief Adam wa Pili Adam Abdul Adam Sapi Mkwawa Mwamuyinga jana alisimikwa rasmi na kukabidhiwa miiko ya utawala wa kabila la Kihehe baada ya kufikisha umri wa kuongoza. Charles Strachey, however, pointed out that the treaty would ‘include a schedule of various objects, mainly of artistic and archaeological interest, which [had] been seized by the Germans and which [had] to be restored’. Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, sends Talika Mubarak to Ismailis around the world on the occasion of his 63rd Imamat Day, Mawlana Hazar Imam and his family members on partnership between races as a condition of peace and prosperity, The unforgettable Eid ul-Fitr of September 1944: A heart warming story as told by Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prince Amyn Muhammad, The historic visit of Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah, His Highness the Aga Khan, to Iran in 1951: Glimpses from a very rare Ismaili souvenir, Mohamed Hamir Pradhan, had built some 33 years earlier and donated to Imam of the Time. Hon. A significant and interesting anecdote to the Mkwawa Chiefdom is the relationship that developed with a member of our family. Hon. Join Facebook to connect with Mkwawa Adam Sapi and others you may know. Mawlana Hazar Imam undertook an extensive tour of East Africa Jamats in his upcoming 10th year of his Imamat. 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