The Zanzibar iconic building which stood as a symbol of the 19th century renaissance, commonly known as Jumba la Maajabu (Kiswahili), Beit Al ‘Ajaib (Arabic) and House of Wonders in English, has fallen down. For people who know the real value of this piece of art, this is a great loss. Professor Abdul Sheriff, one of the few renowned historians, is joining me in this chat.
No single human being is today geographically settled in a place where he used to be in 500 years ago. I was told this by my respected elder man, Professor Ibrahim Noor Sharif, some two years ago. He was trying to argue against those who opt for racial politics in Zanzibar, where the question of heritage and identity has been misused even in today´s politics. Continue reading “30% West African, 1% Jew. Suprises From My DNA”
Mauti ewe mauti, ukija kama hujaja
Huwa waja katikati, ya maisha yetu waja
Katikati ya wakati, na kati ya zetu haja
Na hata tukikutaja, wewe khabari hupati
Nimepokea habari ya Kaka yangu, Mzee wangu, Muhisani wangu, Sheikh Sulaiman Al Shukaili, kuitikia wito wa Aitaye akalazimika kuitikwa. Asubuhi hii karudi kwa Mola wake. Allah Ampokee ilhali keshamsamehe makosa yake na aifanye pepo iwe nyumba yake. Amin Yaa Rabb. Continue reading “Taazia: Kwaheri Maalim Suleiman Shkeli wa Pandani”
Kwa makusudi kabisa, wenye satwa ya kutunga sera na mwelekeo wa taifa letu wanataka ionekane kama kwamba uhusiano kati ya Zanzibar na Oman ulianza mwaka 1832 pale Sayyid Said bin Sultan Al-Busaid alipoanzisha utawala wake kisiwani Unguja na kisha kuhamishia rasmi makao yake makuu kutoka Maskat na kuyaleta kisiwani hapo miaka minane baadaye. Wakirudi nyuma zaidi, watakutajia 1698 baada ya kumalizika Vita vya Wareno. Continue reading “Zanzibar ijifunze maana ya mapinduzi kutoka Oman”