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||The arrival of Knights of Bahá'u'lláh Dr. Mihdi Samandari and Mrs. Ursula Samandari (Newman) in Mogadishu, Somalia [BWNS230]
||Knights of Bahaullah; BWNS
||Dr Mihdí Samandarí arrives in Italian Somaliland and is named a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh. [BW13:452]
- His wife Ursula (née Newman) arrives in 1954 and is also named a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh.
||Knights of Bahaullah
|1954 Second half of the year
||The first Somali to become a Bahá’í in Djibouti, ‘Alí ‘Abdu’lláh, a 21-year old employee of a commercial firm, enrols.
||Djibouti; Somalia; Africa
||First Bahais by country or area
||The first local spiritual assembly in Italian Somalia is formed in Mogadishu.
||Mogadishu; Italian Somalia
||The first woman Somali to become a Bahá’í, Fatumeh Jama, enrols.
|2003 20 Jun
||The passing of Ursula Samandari at her pioneering post in Buea, Cameroon.
- Ursula Newman, her maiden name, was born in Mitcham, Surrey, England on December 29, 1909. In 1953 she and Dr. Mihdi Samandari moved to Nairobi, Kenya, and a year later went to live in Mogadishu, Somalia where they stayed until 1971. At the request of the Universal House of Justice, they had pioneered to Cameroon. [BWNS230, BW'03-‘04pg237]
|Buea; Cameroon; Nairobi; Kenya; Mogadishu; Somalia
||Ursula Samandari; pioneer; Mihdi Samandari; In Memoriam; BWNS