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Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

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Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby X.Playa » Tue May 07, 2013 8:28 pm

Linkman Dualla Idris and Chief Waiyaki


Stories about the exploits and achievements of white explorers in Africa are nearly always related minus the contributions of their African companions. This is sad and unfair for the white explorers relied to a great degree on these assistants not only for cooking and carrying luggage but equally important on their language and geographical knowledge.

Quite often the Africans became very experienced and famous during their time and as a result some were able to make a career out of this.(For instance, Manwa Sera [from Central Tanzania] after working for Dr. Livingstone later accompanied H.M. Stanley, Speke & Grant, Speke & Burton, Joseph Thompson and lastly Count Samuel Teleki) One and arguably the best of these unsung heroes was a young Somali named Dualla Idris.

Dualla Idris by the time of his death was a much travelled man even by modern standards. That an African achieved this especially at a young age made it even more remarkable.In addition he was a fluent speaker of English, Swahili, Arabic and a smattering of numerous African languages.

Son of a Police chief from Habr-Anwal at Aden, he had traveled to as far as America as a young boy. At 15 years of age, was engaged by H. M. Stanley in 1879-84 during his time in the Congo Free State setting up what later became Zaire and now the DRC.

During this time, he distinguished himself with Stanley who referred to him as "my ... factotum" amongst many superlatives. Coming from Stanley (a man who was not easy to please) this praise cannot be over-emphasized.

During this time, he distinguished himself with Stanley who referred to him as "my ... factotum" amongst many superlatives. Coming from Stanley (a man who was not easy to please) this praise cannot be over-emphasized.

After traveling with Stanley to Europe when the work at Congo was done, he found a similar but brief and minor engagement as a headman. Later on, Count Samuel Teleki was recommended the now 24 year old by a certain Major Hunter at Aden and took him along during his exploration of the Lake Turkana area in 1886-88.

During this time too, his skills, leadership and general cleverness rose above all the rest. On more than one occasion, Teleki's column totally relied on him by sending him to gather food and water when these were critically low and their starvation rations practically exhausted.

In 1889, he traveled with a group of sportsmen (amongst these was Sir Frederick Jackson who would later became governor of Kenya and later on Uganda) who were exploring what became Western Kenya.

Later on, Idris served with Capt. Frederick Lugard in 1890-92 when he was first posted at Kikuyu and later ordered to Uganda. During their trip to up from the coast, Dualla acted as a guide based on his previous travels with Teleki. After passing today’s Ngong area and entering Kikuyu country at Dagoretti, Dualla met up with the principal elders of the area he had met earlier in 1886-89.

One of this was a man referred to as Eiyeki Wahinga (Waiyaki wa Hinga) by Lugard. This was long before the building of the railway and since the nascent Imperial British East Africa Company (IBEA) had ordered him to build a caravan supply station near that location, Lugard briefly stopped there and endeavored to strike a rapport with the Kikuyu.

To this end he was assisted by the able Dualla who in a short while even became blood brothers with Waiyaki. In the end of it all, Lugard on behalf of the IBEA signed an agreement with Waiyaki on behalf of the Kikuyu people on October 11th, 1890.

As a sign of the bond between Waiyaki and Dualla, it is interesting to note that while Lugard of course signed with his own hand, Dualla signed in on behalf of Waiyaki. In this agreement, Waiyaki pledged peace and friendship to the IBEA and also offered a piece of land for building the station.* This was the start of the brief interaction of that famed chief with the British and we shall hopefully have occasion to carry on Waiyaki’s story and death in a separate article.

It is during this service with Lugard that his character came to full flower. His qualities seem to have impressed Lugard right away and this is evident from Lugard’s diaries. He(Lugard) referred to Dualla as “simply invaluable”, “absolutely invaluable in camp”, “a capital fellow, and without him I should be lost” and “a most interesting man, with no end of experience and adventures“.

This opinion of Dualla was only to be proven right by later events in Uganda. Lugard even more that Teleki and others came to rely heavily on Idris and had him (Idris) represent him on many occasions before Kabaka Mwanga during those tumultuous times.

* In 1892, he was feeling unwell and out of dedication to Lugard chose to leave Uganda and accompany him to Mombasa on his (Lugard) way home. Upon returning home, he was a guide to the brothers James in their travel in Somalia and afterwards was Arthur Donaldson Smith's headman during his geological expedition through Somalia to Lake Turkana.

Unfortunately, his very successful life came to an end very soon for we learn that he supposedly drowned off Somaliland soon after according to H. H. Johnston.


http://www.ajabuafrica.com/History-DUALLA%20IDRIS.html

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby misterioso » Tue May 07, 2013 8:38 pm

A man this much success was undone by inability to swim?

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Postby X.Playa » Tue May 07, 2013 8:47 pm

in an african torrent or a river yes.

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby grandpakhalif » Tue May 07, 2013 9:44 pm

wa dabadhilif cadaan uu shaqayn jiray, history won't remember such trash. Make a thread about the great Imam Sayid who was the first African to defeat the British.

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby X.Playa » Tue May 07, 2013 10:24 pm

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Adigu yaad u shaqaysaa sow gaal maaha?? looooool 99% somalida halkan soo galaa sow gaalo uma shaqeeyaan. jaahil foqal jaahil work is work , even this Sayid you jerk off on was working as a laundry-man in the 1880's in Berbera washing the nickers of whitemen, when Ducaale Idirs was travelling the world, also the Sayid father in law who gave him the nicker washing job Diriye Magan was working as translator for Major Hunter and Col Walsh.

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby grandpakhalif » Tue May 07, 2013 10:36 pm

kkkkkkkkkkkkk you can't invent history, no one knows this ducaale guy yet all somalis heard of Mujahid Imam Mujadid Sayid Maxamad Cabdulle xassan , a national hero.

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby X.Playa » Tue May 07, 2013 11:57 pm

or jack of all trade it depends how related you are to the Mad Mullah had he baan one of our faqash kumpos your opinion would have differed.

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby X.Playa » Wed May 08, 2013 4:18 am

grandpakhalif wrote:kkkkkkkkkkkkk you can't invent history, no one knows this ducaale guy yet all somalis heard of Mujahid Imam Mujadid Sayid Maxamad Cabdulle xassan , a national hero.


"No remarks on Somaliland would be complete without some mention of the Mullah. That astute personage has often been alluded to as "'mad" but has proved himself far saner than the Goverment he was up against. In the early 'ninties he kept the Arabi Pasha coffee-house opposite the cab-stand in the native town at Aden, where he dispensed tea and husk-coffee in little bowls of green-glazed earthenware, also raspberryade and other bright-coloured "minerals" in bottles with a small lump of ice thrown in. His establishment was patronised almost entirely by Somalis and largely by the ghari-walas themselvs. At the same time , he was obliging enough to spare the servant of a neighbouring sahib like myself a pound or tow of ice from his " cold box" on occasional application to meet an emergency." Pan-Islam,by Bury, George Wyman, 1874- Published 1919. p177-178

These were 1893-1895 when he was a dish washer and ice dispenser for the "whiteman" , i will get you the other source from the 1880's where he was a lundary-man in Berbera for the sirkar/sirdar. Told you Irahaabi Boy you need much more history then somali usless BBC programs and Kacaan super-man fantacy.

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby Rightwing » Wed May 08, 2013 7:31 am

Sorry I have to delete some troll posts that has polluted this historic article.

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby JaalleBarre » Wed May 08, 2013 8:36 am

X.playa i'm sure there are more important figures in Somalia history you can report on.

What made you want to present a bio of a insignificant Ducaale Idriis ?

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby X.Playa » Wed May 08, 2013 2:22 pm

Like who from that period who was well known. ?

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby Based » Wed May 08, 2013 2:42 pm

Definition of Factotum

1: a person having many diverse activities or responsibilities
2: a general servant

:mindblown:

Out of all the historical figures, you put up a bio of a body servant.

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby X.Playa » Wed May 08, 2013 2:50 pm

Based,

tell me a member of your clan who even wear a decent cloths in the 1880's. ?? you seem to think to much of your people. the entire nation of somalis wre buck naked with the exception of few civilised somalilanders in Aden. and Ducaale Idriis was a well educated kid in the 1880's and came from a well to do family, fathr been chief of Aden police and he travelled the world as a Headman and even visited Europe and America at the age of 24.

now tell me,,, who achived that much among the somalis in the 1880's?

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Postby Based » Wed May 08, 2013 2:57 pm

Ok, so civilized and well to do= being a man servant.

You're literally playing into every stereotype :lol:

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Re: Short bio of the great Ducaale Idriis 1864-1896

Postby X.Playa » Wed May 08, 2013 3:04 pm

Based,

what was the career of Afweyne when he was 24 loool he was a Bonito , an Italian man boy, what was the career of the Mad Mullah at that age a lundary-man in Berbera. A headman is a guid in a caravan it entails managing the entire party , it has nothing to do with been a cooke or a cleaner , non of those tasks were done by ducaale or any other headman , these are simple tasks. If you read enough about African expeditions you would know what a headman is.

Now answer my question, who among your people in the 1880's we should compare to Ducaale Idriis?
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