European men in Omani official costumes, Nicolas Toback around 1890 Zanzibar

European men in Omani official costumes Nicolas Toback Zanzibar


Two European men in Omani official costumes with medals and khanjars. Person on the right is the Belgian Nicolas Tobback.

While the Belgian officials were frequently dressed as Omani Arabs they gave western military uniforms as relation presents to the Arab leaders in East Africa, who liked dressing up in western uniforms. The son of Tippu Tip even had his own business card! 



Antique photo Nicolas Toback

Nicolas Toback on the right

The eccentric Belgian Nicolas Tobback

The very eccentric Nicolas Tobback (1859-1905) was the resident on behalf of the Congo free-state in Kisangani (Stanley falls)  This photo was probably taken during a visit in Bagamoyo.