By Gord Breedyk, Wayne Tebb, Werner Voight, Werner Voigt
The awesome tale of a guy who was once born in Germany and determined, as a tender guy, to to migrate to Africa. His publication describes sixty years stories as a settler, durning which he built plantations for his staff and eventually for himself. He and his kin skilled many hardships, disappointments and rewards whereas residing in East Africa from 1926 to 1986.
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How spectacular they were! There were long speeches praising our beloved Kaiser, extolling his virtues, raving about what a fantastic man he was, and bidding us to admire him. We were told that we were all his children, and, as his children, we must obey him. Then we all joined together to sing enthusiastically: Heil Dir im Siegerkranz, Herrscher des Vaterlands, Heil Kaiser Dir. ) Of course, the occasion was marked by a school holiday. Everyone, grown-ups and children alike, celebrated this important day.
In former times there had been a slave market here. The slaves were sold for rupees and hellers, the old currency, and hence the name. The road wound around big trees, over the occasional small hill. To say it had become quite warm would be an understatement. In one small village, Konrad bought a few drinking coconuts called madafu. These are unripe coconuts and the water or sap inside is a nice cool, refreshing drink. In some parts the road was very sandy and several times we got stuck. Ali would cut some twigs to put under the wheels and after a bit of struggle we managed to drive on.
Now the managers drive around in Landrovers or on motorbikes. The harvesting of the coconuts was done by a special guild. Their only work was to climb the palms and get the nuts. The plantation overseer was Ombasha Sudi, a former askari (African soldier). He supervised the nut harvest. The harvesters were paid by the palms they climbed. Sudi, a Sudanese, was a very fine man. He had been in the German school and knew several German folk songs. He told me about his teachers. ” The African schoolchildren, just like their counterparts in Europe, gave their teachers nicknames in line with their idiosyncrasies.