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Sakar Kassamali Hirji Jessani

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Mrs. Sakar Kassamali Hirji Jessani
Sakar Jessani.jpg
All Nicknames sakarfui
Place of birth Dar es Salaam
Country of birth Tanzania


Place of Death Calgary


Place of longest stay Dar es Salaam
Profession or occupation carried out for the longest period in life: Mrs. Dukawalla & Housewife
Where Dar es Salaam
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Father
Full name Gokal Versi Visram
Mother
Full name Kamarbai Manji
Spouse
Full name Kassamali Hirji Jessani
Brother
Full name Maherali Gokal Versi
Brother
Full name Nazarali Gokal Versi
Sister
Full name Nurubanu Ramzanali Shariff Jamal
Sister
Full name Shirin Rajabali Jessa Punjani
Sister
Full name Shela Gokal Versi
Child
Full name Firoz Jessani
Child
Full name Sadruddin Jessani
Child
Full name Shamshuddin Jessani
Child
Full name Mohamed Jessani
Child
Full name Salim Jessani
Child
Full name Shaida Chamund

Sakar was fortunate to be born in a relatively well-off family in Dar es salaam and her parent’s generosity to others shaped her own life, even though she was not married into wealth. She had a vado haat “large hand” when she cooked meals where all family was welcomed and was always willing to give something to those less fortunate in her society.

As was custom for her times, Saker received 7 chopri class Gujarati education at the Agakhan Girls School in Dar es salaam. At age 16, she was removed from school and was married to Kassamali Hirji Jessani, who was a recent migrant from Kathiawar.

With her husband, Sakar ran a small clothing store across the main market in Kariakoo. She was considered smart in vepar business, having learnt from her mother, Kamar Bai Gokal Versi (also called "Mama Manoti") at her store on Msimbazi Street, Dar es salaam,

Sakar also raised 6 children, some of whom eventually settled in the UK, Canada and the USA.

In 1985, her husband and she joined their children in Calgary, where she got to be well known as an excellent cook. In Calgary, Sakar also raised her granddaughter, Salima.

She died in Calgary.