“Khoja Mosque lit city’s night skyline in 1920s” — Daily Nation Kenya article by ZAHIR DHARSEE on Ismaili Jamatkhana

Khoja Mosque was built from January 1920 and was officially opened in January 1922. File | DAILY NATION

Khoja Mosque was built from January 1920 and was officially opened in January 1922. File | DAILY NATION 

In Summary

  • In the colonial days, this location was the axis of the old city centre. It was the confluence of Government Road, Indian Bazaar Street, Hardinge Street (Kimathi Street), and Victoria Street (Tom Mboya Street).

  • The historical and economic factors relating to this period were not favourable either. The First World War had just ended in 1919. It must have drained the colonial treasury. The Kenya-Uganda railway that was the mainstay of the colonial economy had only been completed around 1902.

It was in early 1964. The independence decoration banners, displayed in the colours of the new flag of Kenya, were prominent outside the Jamatkhana on Government Road. I was a young boy then, and we had just moved to Nairobi.

The memory of my first encounter with the Jamatkhana (congregational house) is still vivid because it became my family’s prayer venue for 10 years before we migrated to Canada.

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