“Every year, the AKDN touches the lives of over 7.5 million Kenyans directly and 4 million indirectly. The visit to Kenya marks the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee— 60 years since his accession to his role of spiritual leadership, and is part of a year-long celebration which commenced on July 11, 2017. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations represent both a recognition of the Aga Khan’s work over the last 60 years and an opportunity to launch new initiatives”  — Excerpts from Daily Nation report, Friday, April 13, 2018.

Prepared and compiled by ABDULMALIK MERCHANT
with special coverage by ZAFEERA KASAAM and TAZMINA KASSAM

The purpose of this post is to provide external links as well as special reports and photos prepared for Barakah on Mawlana Hazar Imam’s current Diamond Jubilee visit to Kenya.

Aga Khan upon his arrival in Nairobi for his Diamond Jubilee

Mawlana Hazar Imam waves to members and leaders of the Jamat upon his arrival in Nairobi. Walking with him are President Nawaaz Gulam of the Aga Khan Council for Kenya (left) and Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, with Azim Lakhani, the Diplomatic Representative of the Aga Khan Development Network in Kenya following immediately behind. Photo: The Ismaili/Hussein Jiva.

Most recently, we provided coverage of His Highness the Aga Khan’s visits to the USA and India, and in an earlier must read post Barakah covered his travels to 7 countries that he undertook between July 11, 2017 to January 31, 2018 clocking at least 80,000 kms.

Barakah: Coverage of His Highness the Aga  Khan’s Diamond Jubilee Visit to Kenya

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Nawaaz Gulam, President of the Aga Khan Ismaili Council for Kenya, bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam. Photo: Zafrani Mansurali.

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Mawlana Hazar Imam grants Darbar

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Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the Jamat during the Diamond Jubilee Darbar in Nairobi. Photo: The Ismaili/Aziz Islamshah.

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Aga Khan meets President Uhuru Kenyatta

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His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta meets with His Highness the Aga Khan at the State House in Nairobi.

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Aga Khan Arrives

Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan,  arrived in Nairobi on Thursday April 12, 2018 to commence his Diamond Jubilee visit. He plane landed at 5:27 PM local time.

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His Highness the Aga Khan waves to his well-wishers from his car after his arrival at Nairobi airport.

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An image from a special multi-sheet coverage in the Daily Nation for His Highness the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Kenya.

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Upon arriving in Nairobi on Thursday April 12, 2018, His Highness the Aga Khan is presented with a bouquet of flowers by a young member of the Ismaili Volunteer Corps. Photo: The Ismaili/Hussein Jiva, via Facebook.

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AGA KHAN LANDS: VIDEO BY ZAFEERA KASSAM

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RELATED PHOTOGRAPHS

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A billboard at a school in Nairobi welcoming His Highness the Aga Khan to Kenya for his Diamond Jubilee.

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A jubilant crowd waves the flags of Kenya, the Ismaili Imamat and the Diamond Jubilee as they prepare welcome His Highness the Aga Khan to Kenya.

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A group photo of Ismaili volunteers who served at the Nairobi airport in various capacities, including receiving visitors from abroad.

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His Highness the Aga Khan in Kenya: Pre-Arrival

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE AGA KHAN COUNCIL FOR KENYA

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EXCITEMENT BEFORE VISIT

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Girls celebrate His Highness the Aga Khan’s forthcoming visit to Kenya by having their hands decorated with Henna (Mehndi). Photo: Zafeera Kassam.

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Banners in Nairobi welcoming His Highness the Aga Khan to Kenya for his Diamond Jubilee visit.

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Banners in Nairobi welcoming His Highness the Aga Khan to Kenya for his Diamond Jubilee visit.

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Illuminations for the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Kenya.

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Illuminations for the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Kenya.

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Illuminations for the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Kenya.

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Volunteers register members of the Jamat visiting from outside Kenya for the Diamond Jubilee of the Aga Khan’s visit.

The Saadhri Reed Mat Aga Khan Jubilee Arts Festival Kenya Featured Image

For Kenya’s National Jubilee Arts Festival to commemorate the Aga Khan’s Diamond Jubilee, the Saadhri (reed mat) was selected as its branding symbol.

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Date posted: April 11, 2018
Last updated: April 18, 2018.

Note: An earlier version of this post included Zafeera Kassam’s wonderful poem “Someone is Coming.” This poem has now been moved to Expressions for the Diamond Jubilee of Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan: Calligraphy; Ya Mawla you are there; Someone is coming; and Darbar 2018

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