Muradali Popat Nensi
Born in 1928 Tanga
by Salim Nensi, Toronto, ON, December 28, 2011
Murad & Gulshan Popat Nensi lived in House #40, Aga Khan Flats from the mid-1960s
Murad’s grandfather Popatbhai Nensi came to Tanga from Gondal/Rajkot, Gujarat, India in the early 1900s and passed away in Tanga in 1936. His wife, Sakinabai passed away in 1945.
Popatbhai's children: Kulsum, Ramzanali, Sherbanu, Hassanali, Mohamedali, Muradali (my Dad), Roshan.
In the 1940s, Ramzanali was an auctioneer with Mr. Rose and his friends in Tanga
Muradali was born in Tanga in 1928.
Popat Nensi used to buy land/farms/properties from Arabs and his sons donated a piece of land in Street #4 for building a Muslim Mosque (Msikiti)
In the late sixties, many of their properties (including Saadani, Pangani and Central Tanga) got nationalized.
Muradali worked at Merali Jiwa Printing Press and went to Nairobi Kenya for Heidelberg Print Product Courses in 1970 & 1973
Murad & Nurdin Merali Jiwa raised funds and built the boundary wall of Tanga Ismaili Cemetery. They sold extra bricks to complete the project. They Also renovated other features of the Cemetery grounds.
The 1950s: Member for Ismailia Association & Aga Khan Scouts (Green Uniform) & Ismaili Volunteer Corps.
1985: Ismailia Cemetery/Burial Committee Treasurer
1992: Ismailia Volunteer Corps. Captain
He still serves in IVC uniform, while inspiring others his family & community members.
In 1962 Muradali married Gulshankhanu Ahmedaly Karmali (Gully), who was born in 1936
Gully’s mother Rehmat was Premji Babul’s daughter. Rehmat’s sister Shirin was married to Janmohamed Bhanji
Rehmat passed away in 1942 and grandmother Liribai Ali Walji used to take care of all Rehmat’s daughters, including their kids too.
Liribai was an herbal medicine expert (Desi-Dawa) and cured a lot of people. She died at the age of 105 in Tanga in 1969. Her husband was famously known as Alibhai Madanga (from Madanga area in Pangani)
Gulshan worked since her young age at Auto Spare parts stores in Tanga (Automobile Store, N.C. Alladina, etc) and had the knowledge of analyzing auto deficiencies to describe what car/truck part would help fix the issue.
1978: Ismaili Volunteer Corps. (IVC) Lieutenant
1980 & 1985: IVC Captain
1991: Gusal Committee Chair
1988: Women’s Association Chair
1985: Ismailia Association Chair
1992: Ismailia Tariqa & Religious Education Board (ITREB) Convener & Tanga Council Member
Murad & Gulshan have 3 sons: Zulfiqar, Azim & Salim. Moved to Toronto, Canada in 1994 to unite with the families.