Rajan Lalji

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Count Rajan Lalji
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Town of birth
  • Jamnagar
Country of birth
  • India
Date of Birth
  • 1887
Date of Death
  • 1956/03/16
Place of Death
  • Kigali
Place of longest stay
  • Kigali
Profession or occupation carriedout for the longest period in life
  • Business
Where-City or Country
  • Rwanda

Born in 1887 Jamnagar

Rajan Lalji born in Jamnagar, India in 1887 and followed his brother to Zanzibar in 1900 in search of better prospect. He went first to live in Kisumu in 1903, and Nairobi in 1905.

His family concern in Nairobi was known as Jiwan Lalji & Co., dealing mostly with hardware and beads, which was named after his brother, Jiwan Lalji, who managed the family concern in Zanzibar and first came to Nairobi in 1885. The third partner of the Jiwan Lalji & Co. was another brother, Merali Lalji, who looked after their Mombasa branch, and is reported to have come in Africa in 1890. In 1910, this family concern also started their fourth branch in Mwanza.

Rajan Lalji returned to India, where he married and returned to Zanzibar in 1905 and then to Nairobi.

He was also a generous and contributed huge amount to the primary school. His charities and donations were mostly secret and inestimable.

In sum, the Lalji family had made significant unconditional gifts in the name of Jiwan Lalji & Co., the family made contribution to the Nairobi Jamatkhana Building and the Nairobi Primary School was built with a donation from Rajan Lalji, who also gave substantial contribution in the hospital fund.

He died on Friday, March 16, 1956 in a car accident.