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The Aga Khan Band Mombasa at the opening of the 2017 Africa Unity Games.

The 2017 Unity Games has brought Jamats from all over the African continent together in Mombasa. Between 13 – 16 April, more than 700 Ismaili athletes will compete in 19 sports, and will be cheered on by hundreds of fans.

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, 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.

Mawlana Hazar Imam, together with leaders from the Nation Media Group, reviews the quality of the newspaper product produced by the new press. Aly Z. Ramji

Nairobi, 17 March 2016 — Mawlana Hazar Imam commissioned a state-of-the-art printing press for the Nation Media Group today, marking an important new milestone for the East African media house that he founded more than half a century ago. He also reaffirmed its critical role in what he described as a “post-fact society.”

Mawlana Hazar Imam at the plenary session of the Africa 2016 Forum, with Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail seated to his left. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 21 February 2016 — A new spirit of African confidence is drawing the continent together, allowing it to move forward with impressive progress, said Mawlana Hazar Imam today. He was speaking at the Africa 2016 Forum, which brought together African heads of state, government and business leaders to advance opportunities in regional investment and trade.

Ismailis from Eastern and Southern Africa are gathering in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2015 Unity Games, taking place between 3–6 April. Unity Games 2015

Ismaili Muslims from Eastern and Southern Africa gathered in Mwanza, Tanzania for the 2015 Unity Games, which took place between 3–6 April.

The Aga Khan University will build a major new campus here, in Arusha, the city where the East African Community is headquartered. AKU

With a major expansion underway, the Aga Khan University is planting institutional and intellectual seeds to produce the leadership that East Africa will require in the years ahead. Dr Farouk Topan discusses some of the ways in which the university hopes to contribute to the East African Community.

The Aga Khan University.

East Africa, 24 February – 2 March 2015 — In commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Aga Khan University’s presence in East Africa, Mawlana Hazar Imam will preside over this year’s convocation ceremonies in the region, in his capacity as Chancellor of the university.

Recitation of the East African anthem at the conclusion of the AKU 2015 Convocation in Nairobi, Kenya. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Nairobi, 2 March 2015 — Addressing the Aga Khan University’s graduating class in Nairobi today, Mawlana Hazar Imam said that the university can play a central role in supporting civil society in Africa. Together with convocations in Tanzania, Uganda, the Kenyan ceremony marked 15 years of AKU’s presence in East Africa.

Cancer screening camps combine the resources Jamati institutions, Aga Khan Health Services and AKU Hospitals and medical clinics to raise the Jamat's awareness about cancers and other non-communicable diseases. Ismaili Council for Tanzania

In the past, when an individual was diagnosed with cancer or heart disease, the options for treatment in East Africa were limited. But as the footprint of the Aga Khan University has expanded, new facilities and trained health specialists are making quality care accessible in the region.

Mawlana Hazar Imam and AKU President Firoz Rasul lead the procession out of the convocation hall, followed by AKU Trustees Princess Zahra and Yusuf Keshavjee. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Kampala, 26 February 2015 — In a world that is more connected and complex than ever before, the Aga Khan University is educating leaders who will be able to face the challenges of tomorrow, said Firoz Rasul. The AKU President was addressing the university’s 2015 convocation in Kampala, which was held in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

An AKU graduand in Dar es Salaam receives her degree from Mawlana Hazar Imam, the Chancellor of the Aga Khan University. AKDN / Aly Ramji

Dar es Salaam, 24 February 2015 — The Aga Khan University is marking “a historic milestone,” said Mawlana Hazar Imam at the university’s 2015 convocation. Having already had a significant impact over the past 15 years training African doctors, nurses and teachers, the next 15 will see AKU make the largest private investment in higher education in East Africa’s history.

Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed by Tanzanian Ministers, Dr Shukur Jumanne Kawambwa and Bernard Kamilius Membe, upon his arrival in Dar es Salaam. AKDN / Zahur Ramji

Dar es Salaam, 20 February 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam is commencing a ten-day visit to East Africa today, marking the 15th anniversary of the Aga Khan University’s presence in the region. In his capacity as Chancellor of AKU, Hazar Imam will preside over convocation ceremonies in Dar es Salaam, Kampala and Nairobi.

RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat runs in Kampala between 12 – 16 October 2012. Photo: Courtesy of the Ismaili Council for Uganda

As the Jamat in Uganda – and Ismailis of Ugandan heritage around the world – join in celebrating 50 years of Ugandan independence, RAYS OF LIGHT: Glimpses into the Ismaili Imamat, will open in Kampala, marking its East African premiere. The exhibition adds a special dimension to the country’s commemoration of this historic occasion.

The Opportunity Africa conference took place between 12–13 November 2011 at the Ismaili Centre, London, and was organised by the Aga Khan Economic Planning Boards for the United Kingdom, France and Portugal.

A weekend-long Opportunity Africa conference held at the Ismaili Centre, London hinted at what is already spreading across the continent. With a growing middle class, an impending housing market boom, an infrastructure deficit waiting to be filled, and a common East African financial market on the horizon, Africa is a focal point for new expansion and entrepreneurship.

Mawlana Hazar Imam waves as he prepares to depart Nairobi at the conclusion of his Jamati visit to Kenya.

Nairobi, 28 July 2011 – As Mawlana Hazar Imam prepared to depart Nairobi, senior Jamati leaders bid him farewell. Prior to leaving East Africa, Mawlana Hazar Imam stopped over in Arusha, where he visited the site of the Aga Khan University campus and met with the Secretary General of the East African Community.

On 25 July, His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya inaugurated the Aga Khan University Hospital’s Heart and Cancer Centre in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam speaking at the Foundation Ceremony of the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications.

Nairobi, 27 July – The Foundation Ceremony of the Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communications was held today. Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Right Honourable Raila Odinga, Prime Minister of Kenya, presided over the ceremony.

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the gathering at the inauguration of the Aga Khan University Hospital Heart and Cancer Centre in Nairobi.

Nairobi, 25 July 2011 – Thousands of Ismailis gathered at the Parklands Complex in Nairobi to witness the opening of a new Heart and Cancer Centre. The Aga Khan University Hospital facility was inaugurated by His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya in the presence of Mawlana Hazar Imam.

On 16 July, Mawlana Hazar Imam gathered for a special dinner with Jamati and institutional leaders of Kenya.

Mawlana Hazar Imam joined Jamati and institutional leaders at a dinner held in Nairobi on 15 July 2011 . Hazar Imam was presented with a Qajar manuscript of Nasir Khusraw’s Diwan on behalf of those in attendance.

Mawlana Hazar Imam with His Excellency, President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya at Harambee House in Nairobi.

Nairobi, 22 July 2011 – Mawlana Hazar Imam met with His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki at Harambee House in Nairobi today. Continuing his Jamati visit to Kenya, Hazar Imam had returned to the capital after spending a few days in Mombasa where he met with the Jamat and visited the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa.