Tanzania’s Fanous Roadshow begins in Mwanza

The launch of Tanzania’s Fanous Roadshow in May was accompanied by a unique ceremony in which the fawanees of both Kenya and Tanzania came together in a symbolic demonstration of Ismaili brotherhood.

Members of the Mwanza Jamat gather around the Jubilee Games logo on the grounds of the Mwanza Jamatkhana.
Naeem Mawji

The launch of Tanzania’s Fanous Roadshow in May was accompanied by a unique ceremony in which the fawanees of both Kenya and Tanzania came together in a symbolic demonstration of Ismaili brotherhood.

The Tanzanian Jamat launched their Fanous Roadshow at a Mwanza sports event, where athletes from the neighbouring Kenyan Jamat joined them for a friendly three-day volleyball and throwball tournament. It was an opportunity for all to taste the competition awaiting them in Dubai.

When they arrived in Mwanza, the Kenyans — who had launched their own Fanous Roadshow only days prior — presented themselves with their national flag and Fanous in hand!

Fanous leads the way at Jubilee Games Roadshow in Mumbai

Munir Merchant, Vice-President of the Ismaili Council for India, lit the Jubilee Games Fanous. Its light cast upon the athletes as each ascended the stage to sign a personal pledge on the wall.

Athletes celebrate with the Jubilee Games Fanous in Mumbai. Shams Maredia
Athletes celebrate with the Jubilee Games Fanous in Mumbai.
Shams Maredia

In the embrace of the elegant white Dahisar Jamatkhana dressed in green lights, the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for India presented the athletes chosen to represent the country at the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai.

Munir Merchant, Vice-President of the Ismaili Council for India, lit the Jubilee Games Fanous. Its light cast upon the athletes as each ascended the stage to sign a personal pledge on the wall.

“It’s hard to beat someone who never gives up,” scribed one athlete. “Nobody said it was easy,” wrote another. And “I pledge to give my 100% and make India proud.”

Tanzania Fanous reaches Africa's highest summit

On 14 June 2016, the light of the Jubilee Games shone from the top of Africa’s highest peak. A team of ten Tanzanians carried the Fanous up Mount Kilimanjaro, reaching the snowy Uhuru Peak at 5 895 metres above sea level.

Tanzania's Jubilee Games Fanous was carried up to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. Ismaili Council for Tanzania
Tanzania's Jubilee Games Fanous was carried up to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak.
Ismaili Council for Tanzania

On 14 June 2016, the light of the Jubilee Games shone from the top of Africa’s highest peak. A team of ten Tanzanians carried the Fanous up Mount Kilimanjaro, reaching the snowy Uhuru Peak at 5 895 metres above sea level.

The team documented their five-day trek to the summit in a video.

Jubilee Games Fanous travels all across Kenya

The Jubilee Games Fanous has reached every Jamatkhana in Kenya. It has travelled to cities, towns and villages, wildlife conservancies, and other notable places. This video highlights these travels, and the pride of the Kenyan Jamat!

A giraffe inspects the Jubilee Games Fanous in Kenya. Ismaili Council for Kenya
A giraffe inspects the Jubilee Games Fanous in Kenya.
Ismaili Council for Kenya

The Jubilee Games Fanous has reached every Jamatkhana in Kenya. It has travelled to Kisii, Kisumu and its districts, Nakuru, Mombasa, and Nairobi. Reflecting the Kenyan Jamat's concern for the protection of wildlife, the Fanous visited Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, and various Serena Hotels properties.

This emotional and powerful video highlights these travels, and the pride of the Kenyan Jamat!

Team United Kingdom takes Fanous to the streets of London

After travelling to Germany and Sweden, and all across the United Kingdom, the Jubilee Games Fanous is on its way to the Ismaili Centre, London. Watch as it visits landmarks in the British capital in the hands of Team UK athletes.

Athletes from Team United Kingdom carry the Jubilee Games Fanous to landmarks across London on their way to the Ismaili Centre. Ismaili Council for the UK / Jamil Teja
Athletes from Team United Kingdom carry the Jubilee Games Fanous to landmarks across London on their way to the Ismaili Centre.
Ismaili Council for the UK / Jamil Teja

Over the past three months, the Team United Kingdom Jubilee Games Fanous has been on an epic journey across the continent, visiting jamats in Northwest London, Manchester, North London, Reading, East London, Leeds, Nottingham, South London, Sheffield, West London and Milton Keynes. The Fanous even made its way to Stockholm and Essen for Imamat Day celebrations!

Watch as the Fanous visits to famous London landmarks on its way back to the Ismaili Centre, London. This video captures the Fanous’ journey through the British capital, and the inspiration of UK athletes, the Jamat and Londoners in the run-up to the 2016 Jubilee Games in Dubai.