Nurdin Merali Jiwa

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Nurdin Merali Jiwa
Town of birth
  • Mombasa

Born in Mombasa

Full name Akberali Merali Jiwa
Full name Sadrudin Merali Jiwa
Full name Kabir Merali Jiwa
Full name Malek Merali Jiwa
Full name Gulshan Merali Jiwa
Full name Sultan Merali Jiwa
Full name Farida Merali Jiwa
Full name Firoz Merali Jiwa
Full name Anise Merali Jiwa
Full name Shaukat Merali Jiwa

by Shenaz Jeraj, Edmonton, AB, August 11, 2011

  • Dad was more of an entrepreneur and started playing with chemistry sets that got him into making medicine for insect/snake bites, etc. ; dad started making a few bucks on his homemade medicine
  • British law in East Africa curtailed Dad's plans to make homemade medicine as it required a professional Pharmacy designation
  • Dad switched to making ink and erasers as a result, which got him into the Stationery business that grew and lasted until we left
  • Grandfather’s connections with the Europeans assisted in getting clients with Smith McKenzie, Barclays Bank, Amboni Estates, etc.
  • Dad went to Heidelberg often to purchase the latest in Offset Printing equipment
  • While in Europe, a trip to Cologne and Paris got him into the perfume business that Sultan Chacha ran
  • With Kabir Uncle in London since 1959 and Dad purchasing a home for him and us, meant we could go study in England and be back, which many of my uncles and aunts did
  • The 10 children in order are: Kabir, Malek, Nurdin, Gulshan, Sadru, Sultan, Farida, Firoz, Anise and Shaukat; there are many grandchildren and now great, great grandchildren

Dad did a lot of Seva:

  • Social Welfare member on the council;
  • built JK (project managed),
  • built Widow Flats, built the cemetery,
  • built duplexes for the needy in the Jamat,
  • started Ismailia Corporation which guaranteed 6% savings interest and a loan program, etc.