Author - Jammy

The Mombasa Wall

2018 has been great year for Mombasa, the tourism industry is slowly coming back. More charter planes are landing back at Moi International Airport, cruise ships docking at Port of Mombasa and international airlines are considering direct flights to Mombasa.  The tourism industry is coming back, Mombasa county as put a lot of effort in restoring Mombasa as a tourist city and bringing back the glory of the historic Mombasa and culture.

The recent project which is restoring Old town by Mombasa County Department of Youth, Gender, Sports & Cultural Affairs is great example of reviving the tourism industry. Part of restoration project is telling the Mombasa story, the history, the culture and what Mombasa is all about.  Mombasa Old town is part of UNESCO Heritage site , the area must be protected. The new murals opposite fort Jesus (Mazrui Family Grave yard wall) and Sir Mbarak Hinawy Road (Mombasa Club wall) tells a story about Mombasa with artistic replica of Swahili culture, the tusks and other impressions of Life in Mombasa.

The Murals is great for backdrop for selfies and photo by tourists, it is time to tell our Mombasa story.  

Sights


Mapochopocho Festival

Mombasa is known for its delicious coastal snacks; the first thing people try when they visit Mombasa.  Influenced by diverse people in Mombasa, mapochopocho – a word used to describe the different coastal delicacies loved by many. On Sunday 23Rd December, the Mombasa County Department of Youth, Gender, Sports & Cultural Affairs held Mapochopocho festival. One of the many holiday celebrations in Mombasa county. The festival is to showcase Mombasa finest delicacies cooked by local vendors and also showcase local entertainment. The event officially kicked off at 6pm with MC Chef and Gates being the two MC’S of the event.  One of the roads at Moi avenue was closed and various tents were lined up for the different vendors.  Food being sold by the vendors included, mshikaki, pweza, prawns, viyazi via karai, Shawarma, burger and sweet delicacies like donuts, matobosha (Swahili dessert) and many other coastal snacks.

The event started with an eating competition where a winner had to finish one burger and a soda in the shortest time possible.  Then acrobats entertained the crowd with different acts, the crowd cheering them on. The crowd was then entertained by Alkenialuv and P Day, they sang 2-3 songs that kept the crowd singed and entertained.  The chief officer for Culture called upon his department to recognize them for the effort they put in organizing the event. Later Likoni Mp Mishi Mboko gave a speech to encourage visitors to visit Mombasa and to have a happy holiday in Mombasa. Also, Youth nominated MC Moses Aran (Cvilizer) gave speech to the crowd and thanking the governor Hassan Ali Joho for his support to the youth of Mombasa.  The crowd was challenged to a dance competition and 4 people joined the stage to dance to their best abilities. They won tickets to attend the WasafI festival. The event ended at 9:30 pm.

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Jina langu ni Ibrahim Chitayi

Your name and what do you do?

My name is IBRAHIM CHITAYI. I am a screenwriter, playwright, script consultant and an entrepreneur.

Tell us more about your brand “Ibrachi”.

“Ibrachi” is an idea which came from my high school nickname “chichi” [as a result of my second name “Chitayi”], so when I was ready to have my first e-mail ID, I opted for “Ibrachi” as my login name, which is a combination of my names ‘Ibrahim Chitayi’. I am also known as “Ibrahim’s Kitchen” – this is what happened, Ibrahim’s Kitchen was first an outside catering service which I started in 2013, the same time I launched my screen writing career and because a kitchen produces multiple delicacies – I decided to brand myself “Ibrahim’s Kitchen”, home for a variety of creativity/art. However, there was a confusion with the word “Kitchen”, not in my head but to some, their artistic creativity was only limited to food [who doesn’t like food]. I still wanted a brand which tells my story and showcases my personality. IBRACHI LIMITED is all about creative works, food, retail and support to upcoming talented minds in the entertainment industry.

You are a script writer for Swahili series Moyo, Maza and Aziza, how do you find inspiration to create characters and scenes that people can relate to?

I am the Head writer for Jiffy Pictures, a production company headed by Lulu Hassan and husband, Rashid Abdallah – a power couple with the zeal for a great course. Moyo, Huba, Maza and Aziza success is as a result of great minds and team effort. I value my co-writers Jacob Mwadingo and Zahra Mwangi with great passion. I am thankful for their support, trust and their amazing creativity! That had to be said. Now, how do I find the inspiration…. It all starts with an idea which develops into a beautiful captivating story. The process is not as easy as it may sound, you must know and understand life, to write it. Our experiences, the environment we live in, the people, their stories, what we see, hear, what we read, what we watch on digital platforms, anything that crosses our senses, is what inspires any writer. And then there is the talent, a God given gift, that spark, the only driving force which lures your great mind into thinking beyond measures and creating something magical.

How emotionally involved are you with the characters you create?

Do I dream about them? NO! Do I think a lot about them? MAYBE! Look LIM, I do not want to sound bias but also, I do not want to make an actor look weak on national TV not unless it’s part of their character – if an antagonist must look bad, make him/her worse for the audience to hate and If the audience must sympathize with a protagonist, then make him/her lovable. It is important to always learn how to balance your emotions – characters should not overwhelm a writer.

What was the first script you ever wrote, and what were the challenges?

THE BROKEN CALABASH, a stage play – “an African version of Shakespeare’s ROMEO and JULIET” [Judge’s comments at the Kilifi Drama Festivals]. I was in my fourth year at St. Georges’ High School. Challenges, mmm – what I can remember is falling in love with Nikolai Gogol’s THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, the dialogues in the play just moved me in a special way, there and then I knew what I wanted to do, write with the same amount of passion. And I did just that!

What is the biggest misconception about being a script writer?

Is there any? Writing is a sophisticated form of art, is it a craft? Yes, because writers create something out of nothing. Further, each writer creates something uniquely his or her own. A writer who is an artist is one who not only creates something from nothing but creates something unique from nothing. But a writer cannot accomplish this without having learned the craft. Brilliant writers are, I believe, both born and made. Inspiration is only half the battle. If a writer doesn’t learn to assemble the components, to follow the instructions, then there is the risk that the blank page will be filled with the literary equivalent of hotel art. It may look pretty, but it has no depth and moves no one. And yes, if you continue to perfect your skill and take it seriously, you can definitely make a living through writing.

 Mombasa has a lot of unemployed youth, and few jobs that they can apply for.  How can a youth identify a skill that they can pursue as entrepreneur?

For any kind of job, you MUST go to school, Education is very important. To perfect your skill, you need a formal guidance. The interest you pick out from a tender age, explore and perfect it. Talking from experience, it is very wrong for parents to say NO to their kids because they want to sing, act, write or play football – first show them the importance of education and how they can use that to perfect their hidden talents. It doesn’t take rocket science to know you are gifted, but it does take patience, self-motivation, consistence and commitment to achieve your best in life.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a script writer, whether in Swahili or English?

Perfect your skill. Most youths are blinded by lifestyle, they wish more to live someone else’s life and fear the process that comes with it or take it for granted. Script writing takes a lot of your energy and social life. You must learn how to balance life, prioritize your needs and focus.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

As a writer, I have helped create opportunities for hundreds of people, I believe with faith and Allah’s guidance, this can happen ten times as much and through me, more focused people will be able to do the same for others. And yes, expect a book from me with all the good, the bad and the ugly, it’s not easy being a writer – a successful one, not easy at all. As an entrepreneur, I have plenty of opportunities lined up, God knows my intention, God knows my struggles and my challenges, inshallah He will take me through all this.

Parting Shot.

One of my favourite Maya Angelou’s quotes is “When someone shows you who they are, the first time, believe them!”   When you create something out of nothing, the aura changes. The change can be negative or positive, pick what is important and leave the rest to garbage collectors. A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes – Mahtama Gandhi. Think great, read great books, talk to strong-minded people and you will succeed.

 

MombasaWorks : Coworking Space

MombasaWorks is a new coworking space in Nyali housing a vibrant community of young professionals who live and work in and around Mombasa. It’s a great new resource for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Mombasa and we’re really excited to see what comes out of it.

**We’re offering Life in Mombasa readers a discount on full and part time memberships, read on for more details!**

The space

It’s clear from the moment you walk into the space, a lot of thought has gone into what someone experiences when they use the MombasaWorks Coworking Space. The space is open, bright and cool with large floor-to-ceiling windows covering most of the space. There are living plants, and elements of earth with the natural wood décor. The seats and tables are aesthetic and modern but comfortable and functional. And the free coffee bar reminds you of your own home, with bright crockery and a selection of teas, coffee, cocoa and organic honey; all against a backdrop of a colourful and vivid jungle wallpaper. It is a calming experience, with plenty of elements to inspire as well.

The community

Their vision was also to create a space where independent professionals worked alongside other independent professionals, and that each co-worker would have skills and knowledge different to the next co-worker. This is one of the most appealing things about MombasaWorks, the opportunity to be part of a community of diverse professionals all working side-by-side doing different things but sharing common ideals of communal working, openness to ideas and collaboration, and love of this beautiful part of the country.

The breadth and depth of this network is MombasaWorks’ strength and one of the main reasons you want to be part of this community: tech-preneurs, working alongside development workers, alongside writers and researchers, alongside IT experts, alongside interior designers. A tiny representation of the diverse group of people and organisations that operate and thrive in Mombasa.

What’s included in the Membership

MombasaWorks opened its first location in the Avenue Building in Nyali – a central location in a fast-growing commercial and residential hub.

Members of the space have access to:

  • A desk and chair
  • High speed dedicated wireless internet
  • A fully kitted private meeting room with a 51inch HDTV and Chromecast
  • A colour printer/scanner
  • An inspiring and beautiful communal workspace.
  • A great community and exciting events.

With several membership options available, you get to pay for only what you need, when you need it: there are full-time and dedicated memberships for those who need a permanent base to work from, or 4-days-a-month plans for when you need a change of scenery and a little inspiration.

Memberships start from 5,000 KES; and you can plug and play with a one Day Pass for only 1,500 KES.

How do I Join?

For all the details on amenities and pricing visit their website. They also really welcome visitors to go and see the space, and even try it out before committing. Get in touch with them to arrange a visit.

Limited offer

AND to some exciting news! Readers of Life in Mombasa can get a 10% discount on the first month of a part-time or full-time monthly membership with the offer code lifeinmombasa. The offer is valid for memberships beginning in December 2018.

 

Email info@mombasaworks.com or call 0745 722737 for more information.

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Let’s Eat Mombasa | Qaffee Point

 

 

Mombasa is growing by the day, and more people are going into entrepreneurship and expanding their businesses.  People are re-inventing themselves and creating jobs, no one is waiting for jobs to come to them. As we grow, more people are meeting at coffee shops, restaurants to do business.  It has become convenience to meet a client at coffee shop than at an office.  This is an advantage to restaurants and coffee shops in Mombasa, people are visiting and spending money.  One of a new coffee shop/ restaurant that has just been opened that caters to business people and everyone at large is Qaffee Point.

Qaffee Point is located in Ralli House, Nyerere avenue, a classy and elegance coffee shop and restaurant that offers wide variety of menu.  With over 30 staff, Qaffee point offers quality service and delicious and irresistible menu.  The two floor restaurant offers menu for different clientele, the menu has a variety of meals to cater to everyone’s needs. They open from 6:30 am to 11 pm, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and snacks in between. Open from Monday to Sunday. The friendly staff are always ready to serve you.

The menu consists of different items, from English breakfast, to seafood grills, stir fry, shawarma, pizza and burgers to Cakes and snacks.  Each menu category has variety of items. For breakfast, there is English breakfast, Qaffee Point breakfast, muesli, pancakes and oats Porridge.  A Qaffee point breakfast includes 2 pcs sausages, beef bacon, 2 eggs, baked beans, 1 pc samosa, toast and tea/coffee for 600 kshs. Prices of meals range from 300 kshs to 1700 kshs.  Chicken Shawarma and Beef Shawarma also for sale at kshs 600 and 650 respectively.  In addition to their burgers and pizza and other grills, they have shakes, juices and cakes and baked goods. They bake their own bread in-house for freshness and quality.  For tasty Mandi, they have Fish, Chicken, or mutton Mandi every day at kshs 600. And for waffle lovers, their current offer is Buy one stick waffle and get one free.

A restaurant without WIFI and electric sockets is useless in this day of age, people are working more from coffee shops and restaurants. Qaffee point has taken inconsideration students, business people and etc., who would want to work from their restaurant. They have placed electronic sockets (with USB docket) next to every table and WIFI is also available upon request. The two lounges, upstairs and downstairs have a big screen TV, which show premier football matches on regular basis. The downstairs lounge can also be turned into a conference setting upon request, both lounges can accommodate up to 40 people. In addition, a more spacious conference room is being added which will be available soon.

Comfy seats and good food will keep you going to Qaffee point, whether it’s a business meeting or with family and friends.  The staff will be always ready to serve you with their delicious meals and good service. Qaffee point is an ideal place to watch a game or two with friends, or going to the lounge downstairs for some peace and quiet to work on those proposals. The white tiled walls will leave you feeling peaceful after your tasty ordered food. So next time you are looking for a place to go eat, Qaffee point will be open to take your orders, or you can order for delivery. For further details, call: 0757 123456.

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Facebook: Qaffee Point

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Sights and Sounds

 


Jina langu ni Harith Salim

 

Your name and what do you do?

My Name is Harith Salim; I am a Journalist. I have been working for Nation Media Group for over a decade now, but I was elsewhere before.

 How did you become a Swahili news anchor?

Being a news anchor was by Grace of God. Personally, I had totally different plans for this life of mine but after all God is always Right! Secondly, I think the love of Kiswahili which is easily my first language contributed as well. So when I was called upon, I said, Why not? I had the courage and confidence of the language as instilled by my late parents. (May Allah Forgive their Sins and Make their souls rest in peace)

What were the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

Life itself is a challenge, but the real challenge was lacking an opportunity to prove myself in this field. There has been a misconception of not believing in people you don’t know, which I think is pulling us behind. SO if you are denied an opportunity, do not sit back press on and one day things will look up!

What is a typical day for you?

Days have become so mechanical, that’s the disadvantage of employment. Doing the same thing over and over again. So basically, I report to work at around 8, have an editorial meeting, prepare for the daily shows, and edit news scripts then finally presenting the news to the general public. And my day is made!

 You grew up in Mombasa, if you had the resources the youth have today would your life have been different?

Our days were much different from what it is right now, you really had to struggle to get what you really wanted. It was like getting everything the hard way. Growing up in Mombasa, you had to work extra hard to prove that you can do it regardless of the situation and if we had resources that are available now, I think things would have been different.

What tools of today can the youth use to create employment for themselves?

For the youth, seek knowledge to become a job creator not a job seeker, so for those aspiring to make sense out of their lives, try out new things. Start your own business, for journalists for instance, save some amount to buy a camera, shoot your own stories and script then sell your ideas to media houses. If you a writer look for and write interesting human interest stories and features and sell your ideas to magazines and other publishing companies. You can as well start your own blog, Blogs that make sense not otherwise. That is how people start earning by making use of their talents and skills, don’t wait to be employed. Make a difference, be unique and instead of looking for jobs in companies, the companies will be looking for you

What are some common myths about the journalism profession?

Journalism is considered the easiest job one can do but believe me it’s not. For instance, TV can give you the best platform to make a fool of yourself, so it requires a lot to be a journalist. Journalism is a field that requires 100% commitment. It’s a well of knowledge and ideas unlike other professions.

How has the popularity of the Internet affected your profession?

The internet has given the ‘perceived’ platform for everyone to be a journalist. So news both genuine and fake spread so fast. So many people consume more information from the internet through social media platforms. Although there is a danger of consuming fake information. On the other hand, the internet helps a lot in getting information instantly and it has made live events the order of the day without delays that we used to experience before. Also information is got and disseminated while still fresh. As you know, news just like vegetables is perishable.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I guess I don’t have the power to answer that. Only God Knows. But if wishes were horses then I would wish for so many things that won’t fit the space.

 Parting shot  

Parting shot will always come from what I love doing the most. Akiba ya Maneno…. Tatizo sio tatizo, ila tatizo ni mtazamo wako kuhusu tatizo. Basically, for the youth of my beloved town of Mombasa, just know that the impossible is the untried.

Mombasa Sightseeing Bus

Mombasa is a great tourist destination, there is great amount of attractions for tourists to visit during their stay in Mombasa.  The attraction is part of the Mombasa experience, including the historic old town, the Fort Jesus, the tusks and as far as Haller park. Each experience lets the tourist have a glimpse of what the life in Mombasa is. A holiday should not only be about the beach but also sightseeing, seeing the other side of Mombasa.

The Mombasa Sightseeing bus which was inaugurated on Tuesday 9th October 2018 will be a great tool to the tourism industry by providing a way to let tourist see Mombasa in a different way by giving them an experience. By going on a tour on the double decker open roof top bus, tourists will be able to see the city and also visit the attractions with a big group. The knowledgeable tour guides on the bus will be a great asset for tourists to know about Mombasa and also have a chance to ask the different questions.

The tour highlights will include, the elephant tusks, the ferry, Fort Jesus, Haller Park, and Commonwealth war graves. The service will be twice a day, the first tour at 9am and the second tour at 2pm. Each tour taking approximately 4 hours. The bus has the capacity of 64 passengers, the tour begins at Nyali and proceeds to the island including Old town and Mama Ngina and other attractions.  The price is 3000 Kenya shilling for East African residents and 35 USD for Non-East African residents. Customized tours and discounted prices are offered to corporate companies for group tours and etc.  The bus is offered by PROUL Limited, PROUL limited is a duly registered limited liability company under the laws of Kenya.

The bus was officially launched CECM Fawz Rashid (Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment) in collaboration with different tourism stakeholders, including KCTA, KATO and KAHC. The inauguration was also followed by a maiden trip around Mombasa island with a tour guide giving information about Mombasa.

For reservation and booking of the Mombasa sightseeing bus call +254 753 503 020 or +254 736 926 010

Or Email: info@mombasasightseeing.com

They are located at:

2nd Floor, Amal Plaza, Links Road, Nyali – off Old Malindi Road. P. O. Box 80320 (80100), G. P. O Mombasa – Kenya.

Sights from the Launch:


Printed Photo for Sale

 

 

Life in Mombasa started in 2014, to showcase the beautiful Mombasa through photography. Over the years, over 1000 pictures have been collected in different places of Mombasa. The Blog have curated over 200 blog post that feature Mombasa culture, historic background and lifestyle.

The following pictures are for sale on canvas or wood at different sizes, to request email at

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Mombasa women owned home-based food business

Gone are the day people look for jobs to sustain themselves, everyday you will find people inventing themselves to create an income to sustain themselves and families. A lot of start-ups are sprucing up in different cities to fill a gap that has emerged, or a solution to a problem. In recent months in Mombasa, women have emerged in being entrepreneurs and helping provide for their families. In addition many have come up with home based food business, which helps many who have no time to cook meals, snacks etc. It is cheaper and economical. Below are a few Businesses that were interviewed about their business.

Salma Sumar

Name of Business

Let me start by introducing myself, to anyone who doesn’t know me out there yet! My Name is Salma Munir Sumar. I am the founder and managing director of Sumar.Rasoi, a home-based catering business here in Mombasa.

What’s your speciality?

We specialize in both Indian and the Arab-Swahili cuisine. Our Signature Meals, consisting of the freshest ingredients with  the most authentic tastes is served  to individuals, Parties and corporate. In Simpler words we are here to serve and satisfy your tastebuds and cravings with exciting hot yet yummy chillies, spices and all the scrumptious food from our kitchen.

Why did you start this business?

I can actually say, I have inherited this from my mom. She has been in this business since 2002 and I just took over in 2016. It’s just a continuation of what she has been doing. It was then called Munir’s Kitchen (Munir is my dad) and when i took over i had to rebrand it to Sumar Rasoi (Sumar is our Family Name while Rasoi is an Indian word for Kitchen) alhamdillah I have grown watching my mom do all the catering techniques and all, hence here i am right now.

Any challenges that you have encountered? 

You know running a catering business may sound like a fun way to showcase your culinary skills, but the job comes with quite a few headaches. Anyone out there who wants to embark on a culinary career, make sure you’re ready for the challenges. Your business is only as good as the newest satisfied customers that you can add to your client list, and you’ll need to be ready to persevere through setbacks and stress. I have gone through quite some challenges; one was when I was rebranding Sumar Rasoi I had to handle the marketing side of the business solely, like I had to advertise my services to find new customers’ also had to deal with stress at some point. People don’t know this but catering is a high-stress job with demanding clients. Each client is king they said and so i have to be ready to take criticism and keep a professional attitude even if someone is chewing me out for doing something wrong. Just be ready for the unexpected disasters. Another challenge involves long hours of working on my feet. I have to be flexible and able to work successfully. Sometimes I have to put in more time and work into the wee hours of the morning or late night in order to get everything done for my clients.

What do you want to achieve 5 years from now?

Now that’s a mission, right? Frankly speaking, whenever I go to the supermarket, I really admire the spices section. Like Natures Own, Tropical Heat, Orleys and all those Big brands. My wish is that one fine day my Brand will be among them in the shelves of our supermarkets. I want Sumar Rasoi to be  recognized as a leading distinctive brand of fresh homemade chillies ,pickles,sauces,pastes,all the snacks and savories offered to our lovely customers at the most reasonable, affordable price. For a healthier refreshing, delicious and totally satisfying meal.

Jamila Asgarali

Name of Business

The name of my business is Jamila’s Cakes.

You can find me on instagram under the name jamilas_cakes and on Facebook as Jamila’s Cakes.

What’s your Specialty?

My speciality is making baked goods for all ocassions.

Various types of cakes such as black forest and whiteforest. My most popular cakes are my forest cakes and whipped cream cakes.

I also make doughnuts, swissrolls and different types of desserts such as chocolate mousse, strawberry mousse, fruit cocktail trifle and so much more.

Why did you start this business?

I initially started as a hobby baker. But as my interest grew I went ahead and did a course on the bakery fundamentals in Pune, India.

I learnt so much whilst over there and became better with my work which i can now sale proudly.

Customers are the biggest motivators and their positive feedbacks keep me going every day.

Any Challenges that you have encountered?

Initially, I did not have enough baking appliances but now i can say i have got almost everything I need.

Another challenge may be the power failure but it is manageable because apart from the oven, there are other ways to bake a cake such as the traditional “mawe tatu” method.

What do you want to achieve 5 years from now?

I see myself starting wedding cakes and opening a bakery in order to make it commercial.

Also I would like to start other confectionary items such as bread making.

Maimuna Yusuf

Name of Business

Almanar food delivery and catering services

What is your specialty?

I deal with daily delivery of meals to homes, offices and schools free of charge. I also do events catering within coast region.

Why did you start this business?

I love to savor a good meal; i like to experiment with different ingredients, techniques and types of cuisine in my own kitchen. I love to cook for friends and family and see the enjoyment in their faces as they enjoy the meals.

I love being free- In catering, it doesn’t matter how long the preparation takes, as long as it’s finished. It could mean longer hours, but could also mean shorter hours. In starting a catering business, i became my own boss, able to do the work and then relax, or attend to the events and work even harder

Any challenges which you have encountered?

One of the major challenges is the logistical complexity, which consumes huge amount of capital and time to solve it.

Time equals money in any business and to be honest; managing the field workforce in this competitive environment can be complicated. It is difficult to keep track of each and every delivery boy which in turn results in inefficiency and late deliveries.

What do you want to achieve in 5 years time?

In 5 years to come, I’m expecting to have my own mobile app for food ordering and delivery. As the technology is evolving, I should expect to be even able to track the delivery boy to combat the efficiency issue.

Getrude Mahenzo

Name of Business

My business is named Mahenzo dishes; mahenzo is a mijikenda name meaning love.

 What is your Specialty?

I specialize in coastal dishes and snack e.g. viazi karai, bhajia samosas, pilau maharagwe ya nazi and etc.

Why did you start this business?

I am a graduate with a degree in Bsc Agriculture-Economic; I graduated in the year 2014. I haven’t been able to secure a stable job so in the meantime I thought why not start my very own small business, plus coastal foods have a very unique taste and its very marketable in Nairobi.

Any Challenges that you have encountered?

I do everything by myself; at times I sleep very late especially when I have a very large order. I also do office delivery, meaning I cater for the transportation cost plus at times the food is very bulky to transport but I have to carry it myself coz at the moment I use public means as I don’t own my very own car. Sometimes I go days without customers since I do it from home so I decided to only cook when people order, most of the time I advertise my business via Facebook and whatsapp, when a substantial number of people make order then I cook and offer free delivery if the number isn’t economical I kindly explain to them and offer to cook another day.

What do you want to achieve 5 years from now?  

God’s willing in 5 years to come I hope that I will have my very own hotel, one that’s specializes only in coastal dishes and I hope it’ll be my main source of income.

Phidilliah Njoya

Name of Business

Phidy’s cuisines

What is your specialty?

I deal with Swahili snacks &food, cakes, breads, juices.

Why did you start this business?

My motivation is having a plate of food and seeing a smile in ones face as a result of a good plate of food.

Any challenges which you have encountered?

I have encountered many challenges in starting out which result in me procrastinating my journey as a foodie .Many took me for granted, some say you are family so as not to charge, other even wanted to make good profits through me cooking in the catering business.

What do you want to achieve in 5 years time?

5 yearrs from now I see myself owning a shop where I can offer everything in one space.

Maliha Islam

Name of Business

Pwani flava cuisines

What is your specialty?

I provide catering services for small cooperate business to large weddings. I also teach kids ages 8yrs and adults cooking, plating and knife skills in my cooking class

Why did you start this business?

I started the business because I wanted to share my knowledge and passion of cooking to those who want to learn, open up their small food kiosk, brush up their skills or my favourite learn new recipes to impress their loved ones back at their homes!

Any challenges which you have encountered?

The challenges I have are :

Financially: this is because some students pay 3/4 of the initial fees and after the classes are over, they disappear!

Lateness: some students usually come an hour late or don’t show up at all , without notifying me few hours in advance! Best reason” I overslept! ”

Long nails: it hinders anyone to knead or slice!

Most won’t remove those press on nails!

What do you want to achieve in 5 years time?

In 5years time, my dream is to provide a school where anyone with no degree /certificate can just come and learn to cook, teach all about start-ups catering services and for me to nurture their talents and open up their creativity! This is one of my goals to achieve.

Mombasa Best Street Snacks

Every city has its favourite street snacks, most of them reflecting on the culture and people. Being able to walk around and savoring different kind of street snacks is one of the highlights in attracting tourism, in Mombasa we have different kind of street food that is a must when visiting Mombasa. It is the everyday snacks loved by everyone; some of the snacks are a result of different infusions of cultures.  The street foods are reasonable and fulfilling, you will find the vendors at different streets.  There 6 snacks you absolutely cannot miss when you visit Mombasa:

Viazi via Karai & Bhajiya

When you walk in the alleys of old town you will find Swahili women selling Viazi karai and Bhajiya. The mouth watering boiled potatoes cooked in garam flour and deep fried is loved by many. Accompanied with chutney or tamaraind sauce makes it an ideal late afternoon snack. Bhajiya, which is made from black eye peas grinded and deep fried in to small balls, is also a favourite.  The combination is ideal for a quick street snack, but some hotels sell it for breakfast. At around 50 shillings you can get a whole plate.

Kachiri/Muhogo

Mama Ngina drive is one of the popular destinations in Mombasa, many Mombasa residents flock the area over the weekend to relax and savor some coconut water (Madafu) and cassava snacks. Deep fried cassava with red chili pepper and lime on top makes it a delicious snack while enjoying the sea breeze. You can have cassava crisps in a bag to share with friends and family. Prices start as low as 20 shillings depending on the snack and quantity.

Babu Kachiri

Babu Kachri is a very popular street food in Mombasa. It consists of a thick tangy potato gravy, sprinkled with crushed potato crisps and khara sev (a fried crispy snack made from chickpea flour and spices) and topped with a spicy chutney. It is loved by all ages, from children to adults. The mix is unique because it is a blend of different culture cuisine into one.  From Arab influence to Indian inspired snacks. It portrays what Mombasa is, the fusion of cultures. The price goes from thirty shillings per bag or forty shillings. You find the vendors across various streets in Mombasa, they usually operate from a cart.  They normally start selling after 4pm till 6:30pm.

Mahamri and Mbaazi

It’s not a Swahili breakfast without Mbaazi and Mahamri (Mahambri), if you have lived in coast you know this is true. A true coastal tradition passed on generation by generation, and still going on up to date. Mbaazi is made of pigeon peas cooked in coconut milk, while Mahamri (Mahambri) is a Swahili delicacy eaten with other meals to compliment the taste. It’s fascinating that in Mombasa, this is a very common around town. You will find food vendors around different areas selling the combo at a reasonable price. A cup of Mbaazi goes from 30 kshs to 50kshs, while a Mahamri (Mahambri) goes for 5 kshs a piece. People on their way to work will stop over these vendors and devour in a coastal breakfast leaving them full for the rest of the day.

MIshkaki

Mishkaki is a East African meat delicacy, mostly served in the evening.  It is made of beef or chicken cubes, skewered on sticks and grilled over charcoal.  Sold by sticks, and accompanied by tamarind sauce and salad. You will find the vendors on various streets around Mombasa, you can either do take away or seat on the chairs and savor in the grilled snack. Some restaurant/ vendors offer with chips, naan bread or chapati. The delicious tender meat is ideal after a long day and share with family and friends.  Prices go from 15 shillings to 30 shillings a stick.

Mabuyu & Achari

Mabuyu is a coastal snack enjoyed by the young and old.  Cooked in sugar syrup the baobab seeds are then added colour to give it a zest. Mostly enjoyed while watching movies or hanging out with friends. Mabuyu has even been exported to other countries by coastarian to bring home closer to them.  The colours range from red to even green can be found sold around Mackinon Market and environs or even at individual homes. Achari is mango cut into pieces and dried to make it easier to eat, sometimes sugar is added to make it sweeter. You will find others with added colour , which is mostly red.  Normally sold in sachets the price range for kshs 5 – kshs 20.