By Gord Breedyk, Wayne Tebb, Werner Voight, Werner Voigt
The striking tale of a guy who used to be born in Germany and determined, as a tender guy, to to migrate to Africa. His e-book describes sixty years reports as a settler, durning which he built plantations for his staff and eventually for himself. He and his family members skilled many hardships, disappointments and rewards whereas dwelling in East Africa from 1926 to 1986.
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Extra info for 60 Years in East Africa. Life of a Settler 1926 to 1986
This had been prefabricated from timber and imported. It stood on concrete pillars with short pipes on top and little basins welded on. These basins were filled with kerosene in order to stop all sorts of insects, especially termites, from crawling up into the house. The iron steps were above the ground and so the whole building was isolated from the bottom. In the 1914 war, the English bombarded Bagamoyo and this house was destroyed. Today only the concrete pillars are left. The Germans had made big efforts to stop the slave trade.
The plantation overseer was Ombasha Sudi, a former askari (African soldier). He supervised the nut harvest. The harvesters were paid by the palms they climbed. Sudi, a Sudanese, was a very fine man. He had been in the German school and knew several German folk songs. He told me about his teachers. ” The African schoolchildren, just like their counterparts in Europe, gave their teachers nicknames in line with their idiosyncrasies. In any case Sudi spoke appreciatively of his teachers and remembered them very well.
We were lucky—a big lump survived the trip. Sometimes, if the dhows were becalmed, only a box filled with damp sawdust reached Bagamoyo. Many years later, a young German was expecting his bride from Germany. To make it more romantic, he went over to Zanzibar with a dhow to collect her. She had told her fellow passengers proudly about her forthcoming trip in the dhow. Her husband-to-be had assured her that in a few hours they would be in Bagamoyo, and that she should not worry. He was wrong. The dhow was becalmed and drifted around for nearly two days!