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

The first ever all-Africa Unity Games commenced with energy, excitement and fanfare at Mombasa’s Aga Khan Academy. The Kenyan and Ismaili flags, along with the Aga Khan Band Mombasa, led a procession of athletes representing 11 teams.

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.

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

Between 13 – 16 April, more than 700 Ismaili athletes from all over Africa will compete in 19 sports, and will be cheered on by hundreds of fans travelling to Mombasa from their home countries. The Unity Games will also host a series of non-sporting events, bringing the community together as one united African Jamat.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivering the Samuel L. and Elizabeth Jodidi Lecture at Harvard University. Farhez Rayani

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