Pilgrimage first claimed by borough
A Bovingdon councillor’s grandmother was the first woman in Nigeria to complete the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca.
Councillor Gbola Adeleke’s grandmother completed the Hajj – as the journey is known – in 1927, it emerged at the launch of an exhibition at Hemel Hempstead’s Old Town Hall celebrating the pilgrimage.
The event was organised by community group Global Pindd, which was founded by Bennetts End councillor Suqlain Mahmood.
He said: “The speakers at the launch included Councillor Gbola Adeleke, who gave an account of his grandmother’s journey to Mecca when she became the first woman from Nigeria to make the pilgrimage in 1927.”
Also at the launch were MP Mike Penning, mayor Bert Chapman and Councillor Colette Wyatt-Lowe.
The Hajj involves travelling to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of the prophet Mohammed, and all able-bodied Muslims who can afford it are expected to make the journey once in their lifetime.
This year the Hajj attracted three million people.
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