Hasham Jessa

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Mr. Hasham Jessa
All Nicknames
  • Lord Jessa
Town of birth
  • Junagadh
Country of birth
  • India
Date of Birth
  • 1898
Place of Death
  • Moshi
Place of longest stay
  • Moshi
Profession or occupation carriedout for the longest period in life
  • Businessman, Farmer, Trader, General Contractor
Where-City or Country
  • Moshi, Ngare Nairobi

Born in 1898 Junagadh

Brother
Full name Bhanji Jessa
Spouse
Full name Sambai Jessa
Child
Full name Kamrudin Hasham Jessa
Child
Full name Dolat Khanu Shamshudin Dhanji
Child
Full name Nurbanu Kamrudin Suleman
Child
Full name Sadrudin Hasham Jessa
Child
Full name Gulbanu Hirji
Child
Full name Maleksultan Meghji
Child
Full name Shirin Abdul Kanji (click to create)
Child
Full name Nabat Khanu Jessa Mold (click to create)
Child
Full name Shiraz Jessa (click to create)
Child
Full name Navroz Jessa (click to create)
Child
Full name Janmohamed Hasham Jessa
Child
Full name Kulsum Shamshudin Damji

Accompanied by his wife Sambai (Virji Amershi), Hashambhai moved to Moshi from Mombasa and set up a duka (shop) at Himo.

He later started a bee-keeping and honey business and gradually expanded his mushrooming business empire to include a cattle and fruit farm in Ngare, Nairobi and constructed a multi-storey building – Tanganyika House – opposite the Kilimanjaro Native Co-operative Union.

Jessa was a shrewd businessman who sold fruits, mainly oranges and tangerine and vegetables from his farm in west Kilimanjaro to Nairobi.

Behind this successful man was his wife Sambai, who despite having limited education, was a real powerhouse in negotiating lucrative deals with banks and businesses.

He was affectionately known as “Lord Jessa” by people who respected his business ethics and charitable spirit.