Sultan Jessa – 1942-2019

Volume 16, Issue 3 | Published 03/03/2020  

Sultan Jessa passed away on 22 August 2019 in Montreal, Canada, aged 77. The man who was born in 1942 in Moshi, on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, rose to towering heights in journalism, first in East Africa and later in Canada. 

Sultan was born in a family of East African pioneers. His grandfather, Hasham Jessa, made the arduous voyage from Gujarat, India at the dawn of the 20th Century and settled in Mombasa. He later migrated to the then Tanganyika, set up shop near Moshi, ventured into the bee-keeping business and expanded his business to include a cattle and fruit farm and built the landmark Tanganyika House in Moshi. He was called ‘Lord Jessa’ and was known for his business ethics and charitable spirit, which Sultan imbibed.