Remembering Cynthia Salvadori

Remembering Cynthia Salvadori

We were all saddened to receive the news of Cynthia Salvadori’s passing in late June. She was a good friend and regular contributor to Old Africa magazine. We will have a tribute to Cynthia in our August-September magazine written by Neera Kapur-Dromson. But here’s another tribute written by Old Africa author Judy Aldrick. We’ve also included a photo of Cynthia visiting Old Africa reader Mervyn Maciel in his “Manyatta” in Surrey, UK, in 1993. Cynthia will be missed greatly by all of us who knew her. Cynthia Salvadori The news of Cynthia Salvadori’s sudden death in Lamu on Monday 27th June, at the age of 76? , will come as a sad shock to her many friends.  She will be remembered chiefly for her books about the Asian Communities and the Asian pioneers in Kenya.  She chose to draw attention to these communities at a time when their history had been largely ignored and their contribution to Kenyan society was underrated.  Her book ‘Through Open Doors’ published 1983  opened the eyes of many to the intricacies of the various religions and differing peoples of the Asian peoples of Kenya.  The meticulous research and remarkable assembly of facts made this book an essential reference book on the subject, which would be hard to improve on.   She went on to collect the histories of the Asian pioneers in a number of books ‘We Came in Dhows’,  ‘Two Indian Travellers’ and ‘Stories of the Punjabi Muslim Pioneers in Kenya’.   Her hall-mark was always exact research with plenty of references, indexes and illustrations.  She was a perfectionist in her work and...