The Great African Safari
The travels of Rúhíyyih Khánum in Africa, 1969-73
by Violette Nakhjavani
An eyewitness account of Amatu'l-Bahá Rúhíyyih Khánum's historic three-year journey crossing the African continent from north to south and from coast to coast.
'Africa - the magic word. I think of it and this vast and unique continent unrolls before my eyes. I see shining black faces of men and women and multitudes of children. I see lush green rain forests and hundreds of miles of savannah stretching out to the far horizon. I see the majestic snow-covered peaks of Kilimanjaro, and hear the joyous voices of Bahá'ís singing their own songs, singing all that they feel and all that they believe.'
It was a journey made in fulfilment of an earlier promise - to return to Africa and visit the Bahá'ís there. But in addition to meeting and encouraging Bahá'ís far from the beaten track, Rúhíyyih Khánum represented the Bahá'í Faith in her official capacity as an ambassador from its World Centre. In her determination to ensure that government officials, academics and journalists everywhere were properly acquainted with the principles of the Faith, she met over 40,000 people, including nineteen Heads of State. She addressed over 400 gatherings in universities, schools, clubs, cities and villages.
Each evening Violette Nakhjavání recorded in her diary the events of the day, the names of people met, their questions and concerns, together with Rúhíyyih Khánum's word of explanation, advice, encouragement and comfort - as true and relevant today as they were then. It is a timeless story, of human warmth, love, dignity, humour and spiritual understanding.
624 pages and over 80 photographs
19.8 x 13 cm (8.75 x 5.25 in)