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"We had a gem in our Swahili teacher, Ali Ahmed Jahadhmy, a gifted teacher and a born comedian, making all lessons both challenging and entertaining, and giving us a thorough grounding in the language. Ali Ahmed came from Kenya: his ancestral home was the pretty coastal town of Lamu, and his kiSwahili was kisafi sana (very pure). He insisted on high standards, which stood us in good stead later. I was so grateful to Ali Ahmed, when, on arriving in Dar es Salaam in September 1951, I found that I could easily engage the local people in conversation. (Twenty years later, I helped Ali Ahmed to come to the University of California, Santa Barbara, to teach Swahili.)"

Returned to live in Mombasa in 1975.
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