My Ancestors

So I’ve talked about Aly Ramzy Janbek before in a post that re-connected me to some of my extended family, then I remembered that I didn’t mention other ancestors I’m proud of. Two men who contributed substantially in our history and I’m very proud to be one of their descendants: Osman Moharram & Aly El Rouby.

Frankly I don’t have lots of inputs yet on their lives, so I’ll share with you what I got to know thanks to the web.

Osman Moharram

(22 January 1881 – November 1958)

The link on says that he was called شيخ المهندسين في مصر, and that he headed the ministry of Public Utilities وزارة الأشغال العامة fourteen times. Then it traces his professional history from the start till he became a minister. The article mentions that he was subject to unjust accusations following the 1952 coup, which put anyone from the old regime on trials, and put several examples of actions he took proving that he didn’t give favors, even to relatives of his party members (Al Wafd).

Then it mentions some of his achievements, such as the establishment of the Union  of Engineers (whereas his membership number was 6), some irrigations projects, raising Aswan water reservoir, building bridges, plus some city planning projects.

This article was based on Lamei El Motaei’s “This Man from Egypt” لمعي المطيعي: موسوعة هذا الرجل من مصر.,  but there is also a book written on him by Mohamed El Gawady, published by Madbouli in 2004, as part of a series on Modern Egypt.

 Aly El Rouby:

Though there is very little info written on this man, as far as I know he is the only one among my ancestors who has his portrait in a museum (it’s the military museum in Cairo Citadel).

I found only a small post saying that he was born in Defna village, Atsa in El Fayoum, and had a modest upbringing (memorizing the Quran, then being sent to El Azhar). Later on he joined the army as a simple soldier, but was promoted bit by bit till he reached a high rank thanks to his performance in a mission sent to Ethiopia.

Then he was transferred to a high rank in the ministry of Interior, then the ministry of Justice, before returning back to the army and joined the Orabi movement. He was promoted to a General in March 1883, though the high ranks in the army was exclusive to Turks and Cherkess. And he was the first to head the Ministry of Sudan. But after the failure of the Orabi movement, he was among those who refused asking the Khedive for pardon, and thus was sent to exile in Sawaken in Sudan, where he passed away.

I know that we have an extended family in Sudan, but unfortunately I haven’t met any of them.

I have to mention that I was glad to find streets named after them in Cairo 🙂

Osman Moharram street, in el Haram. And Aly El Rouby street, in Roxy.


That’s it for now. I hope I’ll be able to add more on these great men, who I’m proud of having some traces of their traits in my DNA.

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