Today has been a very sad day for my family. We said goodbye to my great grandfather who passed away last night on the 16th of February 2021. He lived to be 117 years old and had a life with many favours and blessings.
He lived through 2 pandemics and 2 world wars. The first pandemic was the Spanish Flu in 1918 when he was 17 years old as well as COVID-19 currently at the age of 117. It seems to me that pandemics occur every 100 years. How extraordinary!
A retired police officer and businessman, Hajj Abdi Ibrahim was very well-known and successful. Stationed across Kenya, he served to protect the people.
Hajj Abdi Ibrahim also performed Hajj (pilgrimage) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia thus earning the title Hajj before his name.
Post-retirement, Hajj Abdi settled in Elwaq, North Eastern Kenya, on the Somali border. Prosperous and happy, he had 20 children. Of those children, Hajj Abdi was once again blessed with 80-100 grandchildren. In addition, my great grandfather, Hajj Abdi Ibrahim had 82+ great grandchildren.
Hajj Abdi,100 years old.
As his great granddaughter, I am very proud of him and sad to see him pass. My grandmother, Khadijah, the daughter of Asli Abdi Ahmed Kiti, was the first-born of Hajj Abdi. Asli was Hajj Abdi’s first wife and they had three children together before she passed away at the age of 38.
Hajj Abdi’s children were very successful with their careers including his eldest son, Sheikh Abdullahi Abdi who is Chairman of National Muslim Leaders Forum. Many of Hajj Abdi’s descendants are very successful ranging from doctors to engineers all across Europe, America, Canada, Egypt, East Africa etc.
Many are successful businessmen and businesswomen as well as a high-profile Minister in NE Kenya. In addition, Hajj Abdi’s eldest great granddaughter, Fathiya Mohamed Nur is a successful journalist for BBC Africa.
I did not get a chance to see him in person unfortunately but I have seen his photos and videos. A strong man, he maintained his outstanding health. Hajj Abdi was able to walk, talk and understand everything unaided even past 100 years of age. But lately, he started to become a little bit weak due to his age not illness.
..He lived to be 117 years old and had a life with many favours and blessings…
He was the last of his generation left and will forever remain in the hearts of hundreds. His passing is very unfortunate but looking back at my great grandpa’s life, I am so proud and amazed at his accomplishments. He was exceptionally successful as a businessman and excelled in his career. He is a great role model and amazing great grandpa.
Even in old age, Hajj Abdi was still the strong, healthy man he was in his youth.
Words cannot even begin to describe the awe I have for him. My heart goes out to my mum and grandma as well as Hajj Abdi’s children who are heartbroken. Almost all of his 20 children were with him in his last few weeks and he passed on with his family by his side including many of his grandchildren. Truly, Hajj Abdi Ibrahim was a man blessed, successful and loved.
May God grant him Paradise, rest his soul and grant him peace. Ameen.
Hajj Abdi, 100 years