The following is a brief description
of times during the German period in Tanga, as recounted by Mrs. Jane Tame from stories told to her by her late husband, who
in turn was told by his father, Mr. Wadia Jacob Tame. The Tame family has been residing in Tanga for over a hundred years,
at the same place where Jane Tame presently resides on Guinea Road off Eckenford Avenue.
At the turn of the century the town was very different from how we see it today. In general the houses were very well spaced out. On the
north (see-ward) side of the Independence Avenue, or Kaiser Allee as it was then called, the former Post Office was one of
the few buildings between the Hospital (the present Cliff Block) and the Police Headquarters (the boma behind the present
Library). The former Post Office, demolished in the Seventies, stood at where the present Nasaco Building is located. On the
south side of the Avenue, the area was equally open.
Trolleys ran through the main streets of the town and were mainly used during the heat of the days. Most
families owned their own. My husband, as a young boy, would sometimes ride on the family dogcart pulled by one of the four
horses the family had at that time to visit Ngamiani to see the camel driven oil mills.
At the back of Kaiserhoff Hotel (the present Tanga Hotel), which was owned by a real Hamburger named Mr.
Klosse, on Skittle Allee, the older men whiled away their time in 9-pin play. I remember my husband telling me how he watched
his father make a big break by hitting all 9-pins in one go and vowing that when he grows up he would do the same. And he
There was no question of a day trip to Dar in those days. People went on a passenger boat and it took three
days to get there. These were the days long before one could take the early morning plane and be back in time for a game of
golf (the golf course no longer exists in Tanga - in its place the Trade Exhibition Ground was built).
When my husband wanted to visit his father's estate at Kidifu on the south side of Pangani River, he had
to walk with carriers.
A popular weekly event in Tanga was the playing of the band at the Bandstand. The Bandstand was
situated at Bismarkplatz, now the Uhuru Park (opposite Usagara Hostel), in front of the present Lehman's Building. Regimental
music was very popular in those days. The Bandstand no longer exists.It is believed
that the Bandstand and the statue of Kaiser that stood in the park were removed by the British after they defeated and drove
the Germans out of Tanga during World War One.