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The Effendis of 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap is an exhibition that celebrates and honours the lives of the Effendi family, who formerly lived in the house that now serves as the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum.
Mahmud Fakih Emin Effendi was the second official scholar appointed by the Ottoman Caliphate at the Cape in 1894. His son, Muhammed Dervish Effendi, later followed in his footsteps. The Effendi’s scholarship, Ottoman lineage and South African roots, as well as their connection to and subsequent loss of their family home during apartheid, is not well known. Through this exhibition – based largely on the research of Dr Halim Gençoĝlu (African Studies at the University of Cape Town) and the documents he has managed to retrieve in Turkey and South Africa – and through engagement with the Effendi family, the museum tells the stories of the owners and occupants of 71 Wale Street, Bo-Kaap.
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