Stone House in Marangu in Tanzania Ca. 1930-1940 of grandfather and Teacher Filipo Njau
and grandmother Bibi Maria Njau used to be admired by many people. It was surrounded by
many trees that were planted for protecting the environment. Grandfather Filipo Njau used
to plant them with his students from Marangu Teachers College that was located not so far
from this house a long time ago. Bananas were planted as staple food of the Chagga people
who settled on the slopes of Mountain Kilimajaro a long time ago.
All the grandchildren used to visit grandparents Filipo and Maria during Christmas and
New Year celebrations and they had a lot of big space reserved for them on the second floor
in the attic. Grandfather Filipo used to receive every year lots of Christmas and New Year
gifts from many friends he had in Germany and USA and he used to share them with
grandmother Maria, his sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends.
Grandfather Filipo and his students planted also lots of trees along the banks of River Unna
in Marangu area and other places in order to stop soil erosion and protect the environment.
Driving to Marangu during those years, it was like driving through the jungle, thick rainy
forest with lots of beautiful vegetations, animals and hear birds and insects singing
sonorous songs together, and the air used to be so fresh and rewarding from Marangu all
the way to the top of the snows of Mountain Kilimanjaro.