TBT Truckers, Knock Knees and Birkin Edition

Enzi Zetu
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this was before VCR, VCD, DVD, Flash disks and Streaming.
tumetoka mbali.
who can relate na hizi cinema mulikua munaziita aje?
name one movie uliona kwa hio screen
On the 03rd of every month, we used to be entertained by 'Tazama Mobile Cinema' a Volkswagen Combi and the narrator's nickname was 'MUGJI'
On the 12th of every month, we used to be entertained by 'Factual Films' a squeaky mini van with some silly Kamba narrators and some very boring movies which we had to persevere and watch since we did not have TV sets at home. I don't know how these Ndambuki fellas used to convince our estate chics, they used to lure them into the van as the movie was going on and screw the hell out of them....

'Smokie and the bandit' 'the warriors' 'drunken master' and 'hulk' were some of the movies I will never forget back in the mid 80's
NAIROBI – 1st. MARCH 1937

His Highness the Aga Khan being weighed in gold during his Golden Jubilee celebrations held in Nairobi in 1937. From left to right behind the Imam are Manji Janmohamed Hasham Verjee, President of the Nairobi Provincial Council, Count (and later Diwan) Gulamhussein Mohamed Nasr Jindani, the Chairman of The Executive Council for Africa; Esmail Jivraj Pirani, a member of the Executive Council for Africa, who is seen holding the Address of Welcome which Count Jindani delivered. The Governor of Kenya is given the gold bars by the Mukhi and his Aid-de-camp is seen with hands to the back.
Ngai! hii tbt hunifundisha mengi.
is this our gold?
During this visit in 1937 the Agha Khan initiated the formation of the Jubilee insurance company limited
S-39-CS "Spirit of Africa"_Over the Tana River _1932

The Sikorsky S-39 was an American light amphibious aircraft produced by Sikorsky Aircraft during the early 1930s. The S-39 was a smaller, single-engine version of the S-38.

Filmmakers Martin and Osa Johnson used a giraffe-patterned S-39 Spirit of Africa, with companion zebra-striped S-38 Osa's Ark, to explore Africa extensively, making safari movies and books
i would gladlygive my left ball for such an adventure across Africa, taking mbisha and writting about the experience
The Olduvai Expedition _Tanganyika_1931

Olduvai Gorge, or Oldupai Gorge, in Tanzania is one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world; it has proven invaluable in furthering understanding of early human evolution. A steep-sided ravine in the Great Rift Valley that stretches across East Africa, it is about 48 km (30 mi) long, and is located in the eastern Serengeti Plains in the Arusha Region not far, about 45 kilometres (28 miles), from Laetoli, another important archaeological site of early human occupation. The British/Kenyan paleoanthropologist-archeologist team Mary and Louis Leakey established and developed the excavation and research programs at Olduvai Gorge which achieved great advances of human knowledge and world-renowned status.

Homo habilis, probably the first early human species, occupied Olduvai Gorge approximately 1.9 million years ago (mya); then came a contemporary australopithecine, Paranthropus boisei, 1.8 mya, then Homo erectus, 1.2 mya. Homo sapiens is dated to have occupied the site 17,000 years ago.

The site is significant in showing the increasing developmental and social complexities in the earliest humans, or hominins, largely as revealed in the production and use of stone tools. And prior to tools, the evidence of scavenging and hunting—highlighted by the presence of gnaw marks that predate cut marks—and of the ratio of meat versus plant material in the early hominin diet. The collecting of tools and animal remains in a central area is evidence of developing social interaction and communal activity. All these factors indicate increase in cognitive capacities at the beginning of the period of hominids transitioning to hominin—that is, to human—form and behavior.

Bali Iqbal

Muhammad Iqbal Mauladad (1926–1970), nicknamed Bali, was a big game hunter in Kenya.
He was born into a rich and influential family of Kenyan Asians but, rather than joining the family engineering business, he became a professional guide, leading parties on safari to hunt large animals, especially elephant. He was the first Muslim to be recognised as a white hunter and won the Shaw & Hunter trophy for best professional guide in 1966. He also competed in the Safari Rally, placing fourth in 1961. He died in 1970, following severe goring by a Cape buffalo.

He came from a rich family as his father, Chaudry Mauladad, was a successful civil engineer in East Africa. He attended the Government Indian School in Nairobi and his father then taught him construction and contracting. But, from the age of ten, he had learned to shoot a rifle and so, rather than join the family business like his brother Basheer, he chose to be a professional hunter in Kenya where he was born and spent his life.

He joined the well-established business, Safariland, after World War Two and was successful as a big game hunter, leading rich clients on safari and killing many game animals, especially elephant. The hunters he guided included the King and Queen of Nepal and the Governor of Colorado, Teller Ammons. British shooting-brakes were converted into safari cars for these shooting parties and he designed a lightweight rifle rack for these which was made in Nairobi for him and most of the other hunters by the gunsmiths Wali Mohamed & Co.

Though he was from a Kenyan Asian background, he was admitted to the East African Professional Hunter's Association which was normally only open to white hunters. He was the first Muslim to be recognised in this way. His closest colleague in the hunting business was another Asian, Ikram Hassan, whose business was African Hunting Safaris, and they hunted elephant together in the coastal regions of Kenya.

He was a large, powerful man, weighing 250 pounds and standing over six feet in his prime. He had a distinctive moustache and a warm, extrovert manner which made him popular with clients and the other hunters. He liked joking and jazz, racehorses and rifles, fast cars and food, women and whisky – his favourite was Johnny Walker Black Label.

Besides hunting, he was also an enthusiastic cricket player and rally driver. He took part in the Safari Rally four times. In 1961, he and Californian doctor, Lee Talbot, placed fourth, driving a Humber Super Snipe over 3,000 miles.[ He also took part in the 1956 production of the movie Bhowani Junction on location in Lahore.

He was awarded the prestigious Shaw & Hunter prize for leading a client, Donald Harris, to the finest trophy of the year on October 4, 1966. This was an Oribi antelope whose horns measured 7 inches, beating the previous world record of 6¼ inches. The small size of the antelope was incongruous because Bali was himself known for his prowess in hunting elephants with enormous ivory tusks of up to 152 pounds.

Hunting was dangerous as he was once mauled by a leopard and finally gored by a buffalo in Kibwezi. The buffalo inflicted injuries which ruptured his liver and, despite treatment and recuperation, complications subsequently led to his death in 1970.

(Nimemskia leo pia mimi)