Nasiib Buundo was born in 1835 to a Yao community in northern Mozambique. His original name was Makanjira Zamani. At the age of 20, he was captured by raiders loyal to the infamous Zanzibari slave trader Tippu Tip, and was subsequently shipped to southern Somalia where he worked in plantation fields in the Somali coastal town of Baraawe. After a failed attempt to escape, he was beaten and left to die. A Somali sheikh from Baraawe saved him, taught him the Qur’aan and released him after he gained his strength. He changed his name to Nasiib (“Fortunate”) and moved to the town of Hindi, somewhere near the Jubba River. He created his own settlement and subsequently founded his own town which he named Buundo, styling himself the Sultan of Gosha.
He provided a safe haven for former slaves and established law and order in his domain. A skilled diplomat, he initially managed to establish diplomatic ties with Egypt, Zanzibar and later on with the British and Italian colonial authorities. However, he grew restless with the colonial authorities for their oppressiveness and callous nature against the Somali people. Dubbed as the “African Spartacus” by the Italians, Nasiib played a crucial role in the pan-Somali and anti-colonial cause. He held regular communications with the Daraawiish leader, Mohammed Abdulle Hassan, in the north whilst waging attacks against the Italian colonialists in the south. The Italians captured him and some of his followers, moved him to an Italian prison in Mogadishu where he ultimately died in 1906. The pre-1991 Somali government named a street after him in the Boondheere district.
His tales are quite known in the land of Somalis. A northern Somali poet (Maxamed Bulxcan Cawar) mentioned him in his famous poem “dal-mar” in 1896:
… Baraawiyo fadhiya, wabiga baaciisa
Iyana Buundo dabadeed ma cunin bur iyo iidaane
Biddoodkii Kismaayoodna, ways wada bog dooxeene
…settled in Baraawe and the bank of the river
After they passed Buundo, they didn’t eat flour and sauce
And the slaves of Kismaayo stabbed each other’s sides
May Allaah have mery on Nasiib Buundo
it is a very important history, that I just learned about a man that I call my great grandfather, I am very interested to know more about the history of mr Nasiib Buundo, and I thank who ever shared this history with the rest of Somali people
Where is the proof of this lovely history?
Where is the proof of any Somali history, except the words told by people’s mouths? Ask people in Jubbaland and you will know its history.
does it mean an important somali leasder’s history is given to mozambique.
I’m now overcome with emotion right now. I just saw his name in a Facebook post and started searching.
It’s a real shame that figures like him have been hidden away and forgotten all the while the government of the dictator instead promoted figures much less important than him.
May Allah have mercy on him and reward him for his struggle for our people.
Salaam A.M.A — that is not correct. Nasiib Buundo’s history was shrouded in obscurity before the Kacaan government. It was actually the Kacaan government that resurrected his story, covered his legacy in Somali textbooks and named one of Mogadishu’s iconic districts after him. So in principle, without the Kacaan government, Nasiib Buundo’s story would have been forgotten.
hello. nasiib buunde does not come from Mozambique, he is of origin in Jubba areas in Somalia native to fertile land in Somalia. Somalians are 2 groups farmers and pastoralists. Early History the prehistory of the area encompassed by present-day Somalia is obscure by comparison with that of neighboring countries. But bushmanoid hunters and gatherers (like the EYLE tribe) which is now part of somali Bantu’s, who inhabited
much of eastern and southern Africa, are believed to have roamed
the southern interior in search of their subsistence as early as the
eighth millennium B.C. Negroid peoples subsequently settled as
cultivators in the valleys of the Juba and Shabelle rivers before Somali pastoralists moved to river areas.
Paul Wheatley (1964), “The land of Zanj: Exegetical Notes on Chinese Knowledge of East Africa prior to A. D. 1500”, in R. W. Steel and R. M. Prothero (eds.), Geographers and the Tropics: Liverpool Essays (London: Longmans, Green and Co.), pp. 139–188, at 150
Imagine still they are misleading people by telling something wrong about the legan the hero, the freedom fighter of Somalia because he is Bantu or Jareerweyne. How can someone who is slave and not belong to Somali fight for a land which he doesn’t belong. How can he have a relationship with Siyad Abdullah Hassan. This guy who wrote this articles is a racist who always tries to hide the aboriginal people of Gosha or Jupaland because of their physical appearance. Nasiib Buundo was a super leader a Somali Bantu Patriotic and he died for his country and people while he was emancipating his land. May Allah be mercy on him and guide those who descriminate, marginalize, the people of Nasiib Buundo…
You will get full details about the history of nasiib soon if not sooner than sooner