Njombe

Name ID 2370

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Extract Author: Erika Roe
Page Number: 2008 12 24
Extract Date: 1955 to 1970

Various

Africa in common

Hi.we may be linked.my sisters went to arusha school then onto Loretto in Nairobi. Parents farmed tea near Njombe up to 1970. I was born 1957 so you must be older than me…. Writing about african life.? Also want to do the same one day. Now farming proteas in Portugal. My sister Sally may know Rosemary Goodman.. Did she go to Loretto?.Or maybe Philippa, my other sister??.Anyway, family life started in Kenya and then we lived in Tanzania up to 1970 but never really felt 'at home' in England. Once an african, always an african.. Ok. Hope to hear from you on email to share common memeories . Salaam Erika

Connections Tanzania

My family lived in Kenya/Tanzania from 1955 to 1970. Peter and Eileen Roe. Tea farmers near Njombe.6 children, arusha school and Loretto in Nairobi. Without a doubt we have friends in common and Alan sykes is a name I am sure I have heard my father mention.. Please feel free to email me direct. Hope to hear from you.Erika Roe

Jack Allen

Hi. My parents lived in Kenya/Tanzania from 1955 to 1970, first for East African Agricultural Board and then tea farmers.My fathers stories include Sao Hill and he may even have known Jack Allen. I will ask him.I am sure we have a lot in common, so Please feel free to contact me directly on my email. Erika Roe

Mbeya school

Hello Peter Smythe, I am wondering if your family knew of my family.. Tea farmers, Peter and Eileen Roe? Lived in Kenya/Tanzania from 1955 to 1970.??

What a powerful hold Arusha school has over us all!!

Message: Hello Wendy. I am sure, as in other links on this site, that we have a lot in common, if only the amazing childhood we all share. I would really like to get in touch with anybody who lived in east africa. I have a sneakey suspicion that my parents knew Allen Sykes?? Does Eileen and Peter Roe ring a bell.. They have such a huge list of names they constantly mention in their african stories. Anyway, I would really appreciate hearing from you and direct to my email if you like. Hope to hear from you. Erika

What a hold Arusha school…

Forgot to mention.. My father also farmed Pyrethrum!!

Lolly van Staden

FINALLY a name I know VERY well…. LINDA ROWLAND!!! I am delighted to tell you that Linda and I knew eachother when we were girls. I lived with my parents in Lupembe and visited Njombe frequantly. I do not keep in touch with her now but she is in south africa and her brother Mark is in tea in Njombe area.I plan one day to visit them both. I can get conntacts as we are still in touch with her mother Jean… also know Jill Watson, a good friend of Jeans. So. Lots to catch up on. Please contact me direct on my email.

Look forward to hearing from you.. Would you recal my sisters, Sally and Philippa?

Bart Moore-Gilbert

My father, Peter Roe, may have known your father. I will ask and get back to you.

Lolly van Staden..page 2007 06 11

message: Message for Lolly. I can give you a contact for Linda Rowland. Our families knew eachother in Njombe. Linda is now in S.Africa. Her brother Mark is managing a tea estate in Njombe. Please contact me direct on my email. I look forward to hearing from you. Erika

Doubts

I don’t think I am using your site in the correct way.. I would like to contact some of the names I come across with whom I believe I share something in common. So I will look at the site more carefully and correct my error.

Thank you for this site. It will help me in my search for a connection to my past. Have a great Christmas.

Extract ID: 5930

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BBC Television
Extract Date: 9 Dec 2005

The Lions of Njombe

9:00 pm - 9:50 pm 50mins

In the Tanzanian bush a pride of man-eating lions have terrorised the people for 13 bloody years, already 1500 victims have been killed and nothing has been done about it. In this true story from post-war Africa, George Rushby, legendary hunter, vows to rid the land of these man-eaters, but he soon discovers they are unlike any lions he has ever encountered. He gets no help in his fight from the villagers who believe the killings to be the work of the local witchdoctor, a man they fear to cross - when a child Rushby loves is killed, the battle becomes personal.

From the Mirror

THE MAN-EATING LIONS OF NJOMBE

BBC2, 9PM

SLIGHTLY more action-packed than last week's story about a man-eating leopard, this features an entire pride of lions who scoffed 1,500 villagers in Tanzania (or Tanganyika as it was then).

Based on the memoirs on game-keeper George Rushby, it stars Adrian Rawlins (Harry Potter's dad) as the lion-killing hero, with Tamzin Malleson, from Teachers and Bodies, as his wife.

When they arrive in Njombe after the war they discover the lions' killing spree has gone unchecked for 13 years because the villagers believe the animals are actually men in lion form and are under the control of the local witch-doctor.

Produced by the Beeb's Natural History Unit, it's a plodding affair with maddening camera work and not really the kind of thing they do best.

Blood, guts and a hint of envy

Sam Wollaston

Saturday December 10, 2005

The Guardian

The Man-Eating Lions of Njombe (BBC1)

The lions of Njombe look like any other lions. During the day they sit around scratching and yawning lionishly amid the usual African cliches - huge skies, punishing midday sun, all that stuff. Sir David, where are you? He'll be around here somewhere, gasping in his safari outfit, talking us through the hardships of the dry season.

These are Jekyll and Hyde lions though, and at night they turn into something quite different and far less cute. They go hunting - but not for zebras, antelopes or whatever it is lions have for dinner. Because these are The Man-Eating Lions of Njombe (BBC1). They hunt in a pack, or a pride, sneaking up on some poor village until they're within striking distance. Then bam, in they go. It's a nightmare - screaming children, limbs being ripped off, chests being torn open, blood and bits flying everywhere. I'm beginning to think quite differently about Aslan.

This is drama, thank Christ, which explains Sir David's absence. But it did really happen, back in the 1930s when Sir David was still a young man. Some 1,500 people were eaten by the maneaters of Njombe.

Luckily though there was a plucky Brit in a safari suit in the Njombe area at the time. He could explain to the locals that it wasn't all magic mumbo jumbo. They were just lions, he said, and he proved it by shooting all the lions of Njombe dead. Jolly good show, old chap. And that was the end of the man-eating lions of Njombe.

It's interesting that this Manhunters series is on the BBC. Sure, it's done very nicely - a half-decent script, reasonable actors, all done on location. But the whole thing has just a whiff of Five about it. Has the BBC been looking over enviously at all those sharks they've got? Maybe Africa's Death Lions would have been a better title, or Killers in the Bush. Or even When Big Cats Attack! Next thing we know they'll be dumping Sir David - or using him for their Celebrity Lion Bait show. Then, in the middle of the night, they'll sneak over there, just like the Lions of Njombe, and poach ... Donal MacIntyre.

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