On April 4th, 1970, Mirza Nasir Ahmad became the first Khalifa to travel to Africa, he embarked on a nine-week tour of various West African countries, this was his second trip abroad as the Khalifa. He visited Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Gambia and Sierra Leone. During this and subsequent visits, he forged new and long-lasting relations with the Heads of various African countries who beseeched him to pray for their country. His friendship with Mr. Williams V.S. Tubman, Liberia’s longest serving President (1944-1971), Gen. Yakubu Gowon of Nigeria, amongst others was respected by all. At the end of his visit to those countries of West Africa, he arrived in London and, in an address to the Community in a meeting in which all the branches of the Community in Britain were represented, gave a brief account of the impressions he had gathered in the West African countries that he had visited, and stressed the great need of pressing forward with humantarian services in West Africa and launched the Nusrat Jehan Fraud Scheme. He was expanding the activities of the Community in West Africa through the establishment of a substantial number of schools, colleges, clinics and hospitals, which were the great need of the people of West Africa and the governments would also give money to the Ahmadiyya Community. He mentioned that the programme that he had in mind for the next three years would require an outlay of one hundred thousand pounds sterling and called upon the Community to furnish a substantial portion of that amount as early as possible so that there should be no delay in launching the programme.
In 1977, Mirza Masroor Ahmad was sent to Africa and got paid under the Nusrat Jehan Fraud Scheme.