ANWAR VERSI, Class of 1965 interviews HH The Aga Khan
Nairobi, April 2018 for NEW AFRICAN Magazine
(Full interview will be published in June 2018 issue of the magazine)
Anwar and HH The Aga Khan after the interview
Answer Versi greets HH The Aga Khan - Nairobi, April 2018
SUMMARY of Emails received on April 21, 2018
from Anwar Versi, Class of 1965
It’s been a very long time since we communicated. I hope all
I had the honor and privilege of meeting with and interviewing
HH The Aga Khan in Nairobi recently. It was quite an
overwhelming experience. I remember when he succeeded his
grandfather and his photo appeared in the hall at the school in
Mombasa. It has been a long journey but finally managed to
actually meet him and have a conversation, so I thought I will
share this with you. Extraordinary person - so humble and soft
spoken but his words carried great weight.
A true leader for all for our troubled times.
I had taken a sabbatical to Ghana for two years - it was interesting, but I missed the hustle and bustle
of magazine production, so I quit Accra and spent six blissful months in Mombasa. But the bhajias,
samosas, biryanis etc. wreaked havoc on my waist size (which is still far too large as you can see
from the photos), so I hightailed it back to London and back to my old publication.
Yes, indeed, the meeting with HH, who was on a very tight schedule as you can imagine, was a
great occasion.We'll publish the interview as a profile in the June issue of New African.
Indeed, I am a very lucky to meet HH.
We'll be publishing the interview in profile form in the June issue of New African (published end of
May). I cannot provide you with any material until after publication but maybe you can alert
mutual friends about the publication date - they may want a copy as a keepsake.
I believe HH is visiting Canada soon as part of his Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.
By all means do sow the seeds for a reunion in 2020.
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