Imam Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III succeeded as Imam on August 17, 1885 at the age of eight years. At the age of nine, he received the honorific title of ‘His Highness’ from Queen Victoria. Imam Sultan Mahomed Shah led the Nizari Ismailis as Imam for 72 years, longer than any of his predecessors.
Upon completion of 70 years of his Imamat, the Ismaili community celebrated platinum jubilee. The first ceremony took place in Karachi, Pakistan (Imam’s birthplace) on February 3, 1954 followed by a small ceremony in Cairo, and Africa on February 20, 1955.
Although a bumper issue of the souvenir book was published by then Ismailia Association Pakistan in Karachi, contributor Kamrudin Rashid originally from Zanzibar, Tanzania and now a resident of Toronto, Ontario, Canada is pleased to share with the readers a digitally scanned version of 16-page souvenir book published by then Ismailia Association for Tanganyika (now Tanzania) for the Africa Celebration.