Unite the youths of the community all over Africa under one banner for the realization of greater and effective participation and involvement in all spheres of religious, communal and secular life.

 The primary mission of the Africa Youth Network - the youth board of Africa Federation - is "Cultivating and strengthening youth networks to develop the youth for tomorrow: educated, socially aware and vibrant followers of the Ahlul Bayt (AS)".

To this effect, I am proud to introduce our core team. The team members have displayed a versatile and talented skill-set, diverse experience in working in youth affairs and development work and great dedication. In addition to this core team, youth representatives from each jamaat will provide their input, support and unique perspective to ensure the development needs of the youth are addressed at a holistic level. Please find below brief profiles for each of our core team.

Qamber Somji was born and brought up in Mombasa, Kenya. After completing his primary and secondary education at Jaffery Academy in Mombasa, he pursued higher education in Malaysia where he graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Marketing and Management from Oxford Brookes University.

With a keen interest in the community activities, Qamber has served as the Hon. Asst. Secretary of Mombasa Jamaat for two years, from 2009 to 2011 and is currently the Hon. Secretary of Jaffery Medical and Welfare Board of Mombasa. A dedicated volunteer started from a very young age and continues to do so. Qamber has also worked in the Africa Federation Sports Council as a committee member for the last seven years.

Sajjad Karamsi was born in Dar es Salaam, and went to primary and secondary school in Nairobi, and has lived there for most of his life. He currently works as a business analyst for a credit and big data analytics consultancy and holds a degree in economics, statistics and finance from the University of Cape Town where he undertook his studies.

Sajjad is currently also involved at Haydari Madressah, Nairobi, and has taken part in various programs initiatives by SAAJ, Nairobi and Africa Federation, including the Africa Federation Youth Camp in 2015.



The Africa Youth Network (AYN) in collaboration with the Africa Federation Capacity Building Group (CBG) organized the first Youth Leadership Development Programme (YDP) held in Africa on the 27th and 28th February 2016, in Nairobi, Kenya.  A total of 21 youths from Arusha and Nairobi attended the session.

The aim of the development workshop was to allow participants to understand themselves better, unlock their potential to serve the community, to realize their own leadership styles and enhance and evolve their skills.

A trusting, supportive and confidential environment was created within the program to ensure full exploration and awareness of self and the current state of each individual participant in their leadership journey.  

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Below is an important message and a very interesting read for all the youth in our community, especially for those who are socially active university students. Please take some time out to read this beautiful advice from our Marjae because the future of the community depends on the youth of today.
Aliraza Sumar
Hon. Secretary AYN

I would like advise the dear youth – for whom I am just as concerned as I am for myself and my own family – with eight recommendations that lead to complete felicity in this life and the next, and sum up the revelations of Allah, the Glorified, to His creation, the admonitions of the sages and righteous ones among His servants, as well as what I have learnt by means of personal experience and discovered through study.

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Student Orientation Program

The Africa Federation Africa Youth Network in collaboration with the AFED Education Board, AFED Tabligh Board (SAP Team) organized ‘Student Orientation Program’ at the KSI Jamaat  Gents Imambargha in Dar es Salaam on Saturday, 1st & Sunday, 2nd August 2015.

This program was primarily aimed at preparing the prospective students from our Member Jamaats in Africa for higher education and equipping them with relevant information about the various experiences and challenges that they may encounter in the pursuit for higher education (whether locally or abroad). The program was attended by 50 community youths (girls and boys) from Member Jamaats, namely – Dar es Salaam, Nairobi, Mombasa, Arusha & Tanga. Sadly to state, youths from other Jamaats did not attend this important program.

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On 31st May 2015, Red Cross of Mombasa had their annual World Red Cross Luncheon Party for the orphans, disabled and special needs children. Children from different schools would travel long distances to attend this event. On this day, the Red Cross team aim is to make these children happy and enjoy the event. This year, Red Cross was also celebrating its 50 years of service. Furthermore, this event provide the children an opportunity to showcase their special talents and skills, it is one of the ways of creating awareness about their unique conditions as well as giving them a chance to network with, and see other children who need special care. Not only do the children learn a lot, and get motivational talks by people who are from similar backgrounds, who have achieved success in life is an asset for them but most of all, they find joy in this one special day, a time for physical and emotional change, which makes them extremely happy, they celebrate and enjoy with a variety of games, plenty of different types of snacks, sweets etc. At the end of the day, they go home with goodie bags and educational items. Perhaps this is normal for other kids but it is something very special for the vulnerable kids and it happens once every year at this event.

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