Friends arriving for the Temple dedication, 15th January 1961

History of The Baha'i Faith in Uganda

The Baha'i Faith was introduced in Uganda in August in 1951 by the arrival of Baha'is from Iran and the United Kingdom, which included Mr Musa and Mrs Samiyye Banani, Mr. Phillip Hainsworth, Mr.Ali and Mrs.Violette Nakhjavani and their daughter, Bahiyyih Nakhjavani. The first Local Spiritual Assembly, which is the local administrative council in the Baha'i Faith was formed by April 1952 and consisted of Mr and Mrs Banani, Mr.Ali and Mrs. Violette Nakhjavani, Mr. Phillip Hainsworth, Mr.Crispian Kajubbi who was the first Ugandan Baha'i, Mr.Fred Bigarwa, Mr.Peter Musoke, and Mr. Enoch Olinga.By October 1952, there was well over 100 Baha'is in Uganda from 15 different tribes and from Protestant, Catholic and other backgrounds.

By May 1954 the number had risen to well over 670 for the whole of Uganda, comprising of more than 20 different tribes. In 1953, pioneers from Uganda went on to spread the Baha'i Faith to other parts of Central Africa including the British Cameroons (Mr. Enoch Olinga), Belgian Congo (Current DRC) (Mr.Sam Mungono), and Congo Brazaville (Mr.Max Kanyerezi).The Intercontinental Conference for Africa held in 1958 This conference also marked the laying of the foundation stone for the Mother Temple of Africa on 26th January 1958 by Ruhiyyih Khanum and Musa Banani.

The first group of pioneers to Uganda in 1957.(In the photo is, Musa Banani, Samiyyeh Banani, Ali Nakhjavani, Violette Nakhjavani, Phillip Hainsworth with friends at the Banani's residence on Kitante 3)

The National Spiritual Assembly of Uganda and Central Africa.(L-R: Hassan Sabri, Tito Wnambusi, Kolonerio Oule, Elizabeth Olinga, William Ebetu, Moses Senoga, Sospateri Isimai, Alinote, Albert.)

Hand of the Cause, Enoch Olinga with the National Spiritual Assembly of Uganda and Central Africa