1935 – 2019
Source: Africa Federation Archives
Marhum Asgarali Nazarali Bharwani was born in Hoima Uganda on 11th January 1935. Following the Asian Exodus in Uganda, he migrated to the UK and later Canada. He was actively involved with the activities of Kampala Jamaat and he was among several members who helped set up the KSI Jamaat in Toronto.
He moved to Tanzania in 1972 and established his Company Tanzania Printing Services Ltd in 1976. It started as a printing press with three small machines employing 20 people which grew to a large group of Companies that include Red Dot and Berger Paints to mention a few.
In December 1994, he was elected as President of Dar es Salaam Jamaat – a position he served for three consecutive terms of two years from 1994 – 2000. During this period, the Dar es Salaam Jamaat saw tremendous progress, growth, and acquisition of several properties.
The Community has lost a passionate leader who had a vision for its upliftment. The landmark achievement by Marhum was the purchase of various properties that today houses our Community Schools in Dar es Salaam. He was the Chairman of the Dar es Salaam Jamaat Construction Committee which oversaw the construction of the Juma Haji Residency, Amersi Mawji Residency, and the KSMIC Sabodo car park. He built and donated the Mosque at Udowe to Africa Federation for Bilal Muslim Mission on behalf of his family for utilization by the Community. He was the coordinator of the Africa Federation ZAKMEF Team Tanzania Chapter established in 2005 and played a massive role in raising funds for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) running successfully to date. He was a Nominated Councillor of the Africa Federation for the term 2007 – 2010.
Marhum Asgar was bestowed the prestigious Husseini Medal by Africa Federation at the 23rd Triennial Conference held in Arusha in April 2007 by the then Chairman Alhaj Ramzan bhai Nanji for his numerous philanthropic activities and for his leadership which saw significant growth in the community.
The World Federation presented a lifetime achievement award to Marhum Asgar during the 14th Ordinary Conference on Saturday 17th May 2014
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