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||Jalál Nakhjavání arrived in Tanganyika, the first Bahá’í pioneer to the country. [BW18:79]
||Jalal Nakhjavani; Pioneers
|1951 3 Jan
||Jalal Nakhjavani from Iran was the first Bahá'í s to arrive in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.
||Dar-es-Salaam; Tanzania; Tanganyika (Tanzania)
|1951 25 Jan or 4 Feb
||Claire Gung arrived in Tanganyika aboard the Warwick Castle and obtained employment as a matron in a boys' boarding school. She was the second Bahá’í pioneer to the country. [CG160]
||Knights of Bahaullah; Claire Gung
||Mr P. K. Gopalakrishnan Nayer, an Indian, became a Bahá’í in Dar-es-Salaam, the first person to accept the Faith in Tanganyika. [BW12:53]
||Dar-es-Salaam; Tanganyika (Tanzania); Tanzania
||First Bahais by country or area
||The first all African local spiritual assembly in Tanganyika was formed in Bukoba.
||Bukoba; Tanganyika (Tanzania)
||The National Spiritual Assembly of Tanganyika and Zanzibar was formed with its seat in Dar-es-Salaam.
||Dar-es-Salaam; Tanganyika (Tanzania); Tanzania; Zanzibar
|1985 6 Feb
||The passing of Claire Gung (b. 3 November, 1904, Gladbeck, Ruhrgebeit, Germany, d. Kampala, Uganda). She was buried in The National Bahá'í Cemetery of Uganda.
She had worked as a children's nurse or housekeeper in Germany, switzerland, Austria, the Italian tyrol, Belgium, Holland and finally settled in England in 1930. She became a Bahá'í in Torquay and after a time in Eastleigh, Dovon, later joined the small Bahá’í group in Cheltenham in 1940. She moved to the Manchester area and later pioneered to Northampton in November 1946 to become member of the first Spiritual Assembly there. In 1948 she again pioneered to help form the first Spiritual Assembly in the “Pivotal Centre” of Cardiff then to Brighton and to Belfast. In 1947 she became a naturalized British subject. In 1950, during the “Year of Respite”, Claire became the first pioneer to actually move from the British community to settle in Africa when Shoghi Effendi called for Bahá'ís to open Africa. She sailed on the "Warwick Castle" on 4 (or 25) January, 1951 and landed in Tanzania where she obtained a post as assistant matron in a school in Lushoto,150 miles from Dar-es-Salaam. [CG158-159]
She became a "Knight" for Rhodesia. Mr. Zahrai was actually the first Bahá'í to come to Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) during a Ten Year Crusade. He was followed soon after by Claire Gung, Eyneddin and Tahirih Ala'i, and Kenneth and Roberta Christian. All six received the accolade of Knight of Baha'u'llah from Shoghi Effendi. Subsequently the Guardian gave her the title, "Mother of Africa".
Later she moved to Uganda where she started a Kindergarten school. She was affectionately known as "Auntie Claire".
[BWNS275; Wikipedia; Wikipedia; Historical Dictionary of the Bahá'í Faith p.209; UD211, 482]
Also see Claire Gung Mother of Africa by Adrienne Morgan and published by the National Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is of South Africa; (1997).
||Rhodesia; Zimbabwe; Uganda; Tanzania
||In Memoriam; Knights of Baha'u'llah; Claire Gung; Auntie Claire; Eyneddin Ala'i; Tahirih Ala'i; Ken Christian; Roberta Christian Z****
|1986 (In the year)
||The founding of the Ruaha Secondary School in southwestern rural Tanzania near Iringa, about 500 km from Dar-es-salaam. [The Mona Project (information on the Iringa School no longer available on this web site), One Country]
In 2001 the school received a grant to build a girls dormitory. [BWNS145]
||Tanzania; Iringa; Dar-es-salaam
||Bahai schools; BWNS
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- Bahá'í Communities by Country: Research Notes, by Graham Hassall (2000). Brief notes on the history of Baha'i activities and the dates of NSA formation in Africa, China, Australia, and elsewhere. [about]
- Servants of the Glory: A Chronicle of Forty Years of Pioneering, by Adrienne Morgan and Dempsey Morgan (2017). Memoirs of a black couple from the United States who lived and spread the Bahá’í Faith in across parts of east Asia and Africa in the 1950s-1980s. Text by Dempsey Morgan, poems by Adrienne Morgan. Link to document offsite. [about]
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