Books of Interest

Kenya Coast Bibliographic Database Subject list


The History of Colonial Africa: Selected Bibliography


Short Bibliography:


Cooper, Frederick. On the African water front : urban disorder and the transformation of work in colonial Mombasa. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987.


de Blij, Harm. Mombasa, an African city. Evanston: North Western University Press, 1968,

Kindy, Hyder. Life and politics in Mombasa. Nairobi: East African Publishing House, 1972.


Mazrui, Al-Amin bin Ali. The history of the Mazrui dynasty of Mombasa. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.


Strobel, Margaret. Muslim women in Mombasa, 1890-1975. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1979.


Swartz, Marc J. The way the world is: cultural processes and social relations among the Mombasa Swahili. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991.


Willis, Justin. Mombasa, the Swahili, and the Making of the Mijikenda. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1993.


A Select Bibliography Of Writing By Asian Africans From East Africa


Villoo Nowrojee B.A.(Bombay), P.G.C.E.(London), M.S.S.(Bryn Mawr) has been Order Librarian at the Library of Congress Field Office, Nairobi, Kenya, and worked in the Africana Section of the Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University, New Haven. She has served on the Editorial Board of Child Abuse Review and was Founding Editor of Childwatch and Caucus. She has extensive editorial experience. Her publications include many articles and papers.

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The official residence British Resident.

The photograph shows Gopal Krishna Gokhale in the centre with Gandhiji and Hermann Kellenbach on his right and members of the Karimjee Jivanjee family on his left. Mulji Walji Suchak is in the photograph in the third row in the traditional black cap.

Accoording to Gandhiji's auutobiography Gokhale came to South Africa in October 1912 and stayed with him for about six weeks and at Gokhale's behest accompanied him to Zanzibar when he sailed for home.

The Indian communities at East African ports along the way saw Gandhiji in traditional Indian clothes for the first time since some twenty years earlier when he wore a turban in a Durban courtroom the day after he first arrived from India and which he refused to take off.

Gandhiji in his autobiography acknowledged the impact that Gokhale had on him and stated that "Gokhale prepared me for India ".

When they parted company in Zanzibar Gakhale told Gandhiji to put South Africa behind him and come home to fulfill his destiny. Gandhiji returned to India in January 1915 after having spent nearly 20 years in South Africa .

The rest as they say is history.


Courtesy.....Kishor Mehta

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