2008, September 26 - Financial Times. 'The Islamic world as an important part of our globe has really been absent from Judeo-Christian education in a strange way,' he says, asking how anyone can be considered properly educated in the west when they know nothing about Islam. Click here. Scan of the article and interview in NAIROBI STAR on October 1, 2008: Page 21 and Page 22
2007, August 12: His Highness the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, arrives in the country today to begin a 12-day official visit of the East African region. [The Nation] [More]
2007, July 17: The Aga Khan will visit Kenya next month as part of his worldwide Golden Jubilee celebrations. The spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims will be a guest of President Kibaki, at the start of the celebrations which will last for one year; from July 11 2007 to July 11, 2008. [The Nation]
2007, August 13: His Highness The Aga Khan Meets with His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki at State House in Nairobi, Kenya and attends Banquet. [Photos] [His Highness the Aga Khan's Speech] [President Kibaki's Speech] [Golden Heart Honor] [East African Standard] [Kenya Broadcasting Corporation]
2007, August 15: President Mwai Kibaki awarded him 'The Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya' during a ceremony at a State banquet in the Aga Khan's honour, according to a statement. [New Vision]
2008, June 22: An Islamic Conscience: the Aga Khan and the Ismailis: Nairobi Launch at Sarit Center, 8:00pm [More] [Article in OnPhilanthropy.com]
2008, March 18: According to Eliyas Biryabarema of the Monitor quoted in Business Daily [Nairobi], Euromoney, Europe's top financial magazine, has named two infrastructure projects among Africa's best in 2007. Both the Bujagali hydro-power projects and the construction of the undersea fibre optic cable have a strong involvment from IPS/AKFED.
2009, July 26: Nairobi - Kenya. H.H. The Aga Khan and Princess Zahra visited the AKUH this afternoon as part of a working visit in the region for AKDN projects. Several hundreds people were standing for hours on 3rd Parklands to welcome him. To their surprise, His Highness, accompanied with Princess Zahra, Ambassador Dehlavi of the Board of Trustee, Dr. Firoz Rasul, Asmita Gilani and other high level AKU staff walked on 3rd Parklands street. The Imam waved continuously at the Jamat up to the time he reached the gate. [More Heritage Photo]
2007, July 17: Princess Zahra Aga Khan at The Aga Khan University Hospital , Nairobi. [Photo]
2007, August 13: His Highness the Aga Khan, Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, accompanied by Professor George Saitoti, Kenyan Minister for Education, today inaugurated the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Aga Khan University (AKU-FHS) - East Africa's first premier private medical school. [Photos] [Press Release]
2007, August 14: THE Aga Khan has inaugurated the Faculty of Health Sciences of the Aga Khan University, East Africa's first premier private medical school. [The Nation] [The Monitor] [Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan]
2009, January 21: Aga Khan University held its 5th Graduation ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, marking the graduation of 185 students in the fields of Medecine and Nursing. [Photo Heritage] Dr Firoz Rassul, the president of AKU together with the guest of honour, Mr. Joseph G. M. Massaqoi, Director UNESCO warmly congratulated the graduants. AKU is planning to establish a new Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Arusha, Tanzania along with a second Faculty of Health Sciences in Nairobi, Kenya.
2009, January 22: AKU Dental Clinic - His Excellency, Ross Hynes, the Canadian High Commissioner in Nairobi, officially opened the new dental clinic in the Doctors Plaza of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. He stated with satisfaction that donors in Canada had funded the 'state of the art' equipment for the dental clinic. [More Photos here]
By His Highness the Aga Khan
(Reprinted from a foreword to the Daily Nation 50th Anniversary special supplement)
As the Nation Media Group (NMG) marks its 50th anniversary, it would be too limiting to perceive this occasion as a mere milestone in a history of a media organization, no matter how successful. The Nation’s path has been closely entwined with the history of Kenya, East Africa, and the entire continent during a period filled with momentous developments.