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  • Ismailis from the Malagasy Republic arrive in Mombasa for the Africa-wide Unity Games, which will run from 13 - 16 April 2017. Ismaili Council for Kenya
    Ismailis from the Malagasy Republic arrive in Mombasa for the Africa-wide Unity Games, which will run from 13 - 16 April 2017. Ismaili Council for Kenya
Mombasa hosts Africa-wide Unity Games this weekend
Reshma Khan
13 April 2017
  • Mombasa, 13 April 2017 — Every two years, the Ismaili communities of East Africa come together for the Unity Games, a festival of sport. This year, the Games will include Jamats from all over the entire African continent.

    Between 13 – 16 April, more than 700 Ismaili athletes will compete in 19 sports, and will be cheered on by hundreds of fans travelling to Mombasa from their home countries of Angola, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The Unity Games will also host a series of non-sporting events, bringing the community together as one united African Jamat.

    Most sports and social activities will take place at the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa. Evenings will feature themed entertainment, offering experiences of Swahili and other cultures as well as the Mombasa beach life.

    An African Unity Games Village will provide a space where athletes can relax between competitions. Special early child development programmes will be offered to little ones, and the Seniors’ Committee has planned activities for the young at heart.

    The Unity Games will officially be inaugurated at an opening ceremony on Friday, and will close on Sunday evening.

    Let the Games begin!