She is Tanzeela Qambrani

Tanzeela Qambrani made history at the age of 39 in 2018, by securing a seat in the legislature of Sindh province in Pakistan, making her the first member of the Sheedi (who are of East African Descent) minority to become a lawmaker in Pakistan.

Unlike other minorities in the country, the Sheedis can trace their roots far beyond Sindh — they are the descendants of the African slaves, sailors, and soldiers who made South Asia their home in centuries past.

“As a tiny minority lost in the midst of local populations, we have struggled to preserve our African roots and cultural expression, but I look forward to the day when the name Sidi will evoke respect, not contempt,” Ms Qambrani, whose ancestors came from Tanzania, told the BBC.

Qambrani is MIPAD’s first from Pakistan and hails from the coastal area of Badin.

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