Δευτέρα, 10 Φεβρουαρίου 2020

The Greeks of Cairo in 1872



In 1872, the Greeks of Cairo sent a letter to the Greek government asking their help to overcome a problem with the local consulate. 







Δευτέρα, 27 Ιανουαρίου 2020

The Greeks of Sudan in the 1900s




(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Sudan’)


In the first decade of the 20th century the number of the Greeks living in Sudan grew steadily as there was a strong demand for work force. That time, almost 2,500 Greeks resided in Sudan while the total number of the Europeans including the British colonial administration was 3,100 people



Δευτέρα, 20 Ιανουαρίου 2020

The Greek community of Port Said in Egypt



On November 12th, 1879 the Greeks of Port Said in Egypt proceeded to the formation of an organized community.




Κυριακή, 12 Ιανουαρίου 2020

Members of the Greek community of Suez in 1911





A Greek-American military cooperation in 1805 in Northern Africa



In 1805, the bey of Tripoli in Libya captured a ship of the US navy and imprisoned the 308 members of the crew. The American consul organised a military unit consisted of American marine corps and 30 Greek mercenaries. This group crossed 600 miles through the Sahara desert and after a battle in Derna managed to liberate the imprisoned.
There is a reference to this operation in the first two lyrics of the US marine’s hymn.


The Greeks and the football club of St George in Addis Ababa


(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in the horn of Africa’)

On January 7th, 1935 George Doucas and Ayele Atnash established the football club of St George in the Arada neighbourhood of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. The first team consisted of Ethiopians and Greeks coming mainly from mixed marriages. George Doucas was the first goalkeeper. During the Fascist Italian occupation in Ethiopia, the club became the symbol of the Ethiopian nationalism.


Τρίτη, 31 Δεκεμβρίου 2019

The Greeks in Zanzibar in the 1890s


(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Tanzania’)

Zanzibar was of foremost importance in the trade activity of the Indian Ocean for centuries. For that reason, few Greeks settled in there in the 1890s and started their business activity mainly as ship chandlers and traders.






Κυριακή, 8 Δεκεμβρίου 2019

The foundation of the Greek school in Arusha of Tanzania


(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek community in Tanzania’)

In 1947, the Greeks of the then Tanganyika launched a fundraiser at the initiative of Christodoulos Galanos. Almost £24,000 was gathered. Among the major donors were G. Arnaoutoglou, Skoutaris, Arg. Monas, Mich. Kazamias, I. Kazamias, Ch. Antoniou, G. Chouris, F. Kontopoulos, N. Zachariadis, N. Athineos, N. Tsambourakis, the ‘Ralli Co.’, and the British administration. A plot of 140 acres, a few kilometers outside Arusha was bought at the price of £4,500 and the school was founded on 25/3/1949. The construction began in 1950 but the money was not enough for the completion of the school and the building of the boarding house. Finally, thanks to the generosity of Christodoulos Galanos the school was completed on 28/10/1952.


The Greeks and the African rumba


The Greeks played a significant role in the music industry of Congo by founding several recording companies like Olympia, Ngoma, Opika and others. In the 1960s, they contributed in the formation of African rumba which became popular throughout the world during the following decades.


Livieratos family: From Kefalonia to Romania, Egypt, Yemen and Ethiopia


(Excerpt from the book ‘The Greek presence in the horn of Africa’)

Livieratos brothers established a company in the mid-19th century and settled in Romania selling wheat. Soon, they opened a branch in Egypt. One of the brothers, Anastasios moved to Aden and started trading coffee. From there, Livieratos Company expanded to the city of Harrar in Ethiopia which was the major coffee centre of the whole Northeastern Africa. Till the early 20th century, Livieratos Company had managed to open branches in Marseille and New York.



Παρασκευή, 8 Νοεμβρίου 2019

The Greeks of Dire Dawa (Ethiopia) in the 1910s




(excerpt from the book ‘The Greek presence in the horn of Africa’)

In 1902, the railway reached Dire Dawa in the southeastern of Ethiopia and the Greek workers were among the first Europeans who settled in. Over the next decade, Dire Dawa transformed into a modern city with restaurants, café and hotels such as the ‘Continental’ of Stelios Bololakos. Nearly and around the hotel there were most of the Greek trade stores and a cinema that belonged to Alexandrou. Undoubtedly, most of the Greeks were involved in the coffee trade. Some of the dominant trading houses were those of I. Vozikis, Michaelidis, Karellas, Papakonstantinou, Kermelis brothers, Varbetas, Vrachatis brothers, Philippatos, L. Kalos, T. Armantzas, M. Dalentzas, Diamantopoulos, E. Theofilou, Zafiriadis, Salavrakos, V. Klitsas, N. Baltsorias, Giannatos, C. Koutsogiorgis, G. Kalaidis, I. Tzelatis, Michalitsianou brothers.