This is a collection of information regarding Saabunaax Ñas and the larger family, the Mbunaaxeen or Waa Njëri, of whom he is considered the founding member. His official name is Sàmba Bunaax Ñas, but he is more commonly called Maam Sàmba or Saabunaax. He was a contemporary of Muḥammad Ñas, the father of profile on Tayba.and came to Saalum from Jolof at the same time. His descendants are therefore part of the Njolofeen socio-cultural group. Most accounts say he founded , although soon became the village’s leader, and some accounts do not mention him and start instead with . His descendants today live primarily in Tayba Ñaseen and in nearby Kër Habiib. His role in founding is discussed in the
Who was Saabunaax?
Considering the relative historical importance accorded him by most accounts, there is a surprising amount of disagreement concerning who Saabunaax was and whether he even existed or was a human. One of the original founders of jinnes that found when he founded . He says the land where Tayba is today was itself called Saabunaax after the jinne leader. tells me the stories I mentioned about Saabunaax are not true and the did not find anyone when he founded . (who bases his information mainly on ’s poetry) tells me he is not aware that anyone was in Tayba before Allaaji Abdulaay, although he does not explicitly deny alternative accounts., , tells us he was not a person but the leader of the
But all the accounts I collected from Tayba Ñaseen and neighboring villages say thatcame to present-day Tayba before , although they disagree on whether he can truly be called Tayba’s founder or not.
is divided into two neighborhoods: one inhabited by the families descended from Bàkkari Ñas (the father of Muḥammad Ñas, who was the father of ), sometimes called “Ñaseen Suuf” (Ñas of the land), and one inhabited by the “Ñaseen Njëri” (Ñas of the Njëri stream) or the relatives of Saabunaax Ñas.
One of the prominent members of the Njëri family today is Baabakar Sadiiq Ñas, a Qurᵓān and Arabic teacher in Tayba Ñaseen. He is the son of Omar Afsatu Ñas, son of Mañas Mareem, son of Omar Njëri. “Njëri” was the name of a stream in their village in Jolof that Omar lived next to. The word comes from the Pulaar word jar, which means “to drink,” because it was a watering place for animals (likely animals belonging to Pulaar-speaking Fulbe).1
1. This word is apparently related to the Wolof word njar, which refers to sweet, cold drinks made from fruit juices or milk and water.