Author - Jammy

Content Creator: Husna S

My name is Husna and I’m a freelance graphic designer and photographer turned content creator for Life in Mombasa. I love all things Swahili related including history, culture, food, you name it! I love cats, reading, watching indie and foreign movies, indie and African (both home and diasporan African music including hip-hop), visiting cute cafes and spending time with my family and friends.

Upon living in the west for a majority of my life, I was constantly pulled to Mombasa going to vacation in my hometown almost every summer for the past 5 years. I became increasingly interested in Swahili culture and history and fell in love with the lifestyle of the coast of Kenya. I decided to move back and vowed to help keep our rich Swahili culture and heritage strong in whatever way I can.

Content Creator: Angela Mulei

She is currently based in beautiful coastal town, of Mombasa, Kenya.

Angela is graduate of Fashion Marketing and Merchandising and working towards her dreams of working in Fashion and in Vogue.

She started, her blog Out Of Place Kenyan as creative outlet, has a way to share her world and to make a small difference in the world as well had a stepping stone towards her career.

I am a lover of books and constantly reads, my reading list is always reading, enjoys photography, and is learning how to turn her passion into a business rather than a hobby. Music is something has spoken to her soul and chooses to share it with her readers, has to touch someone else’s soul, she also loves discovering new places, and learning new thing.

I am a fun, loving, intelligent young woman, who is on a journey to discover herself, it will always be a learning a curve and it is a never-ending lesson check out her post about “Fact About Me”., subscribe to her blog, follow her on social media.

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Founder: Jamila Hassan

Jamila Hassan aka Jammy is professional communication specialist in Mombasa, founder of Life in Mombasa. Her passion for Mombasa has made her start this blog, to showcase Mombasa through photography and blog posts. Jammy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts emphasis on Interpersonal communication from Metropolitan State University in Minnesota (USA). 

She started Life in Mombasa to showcase the vibrant culture, historic background and modern day Mombasa. A winner of the Best County Blog in the Blogger Association of Kenya (BAKE) Awards 2016, 2017 and 2018, BAKE recognizes and awards exceptional Kenyan bloggers in different categories every year. Recognized as an African Voice showcasing Mombasa – The creative artist capturing ‘Life In Mombasa’  Life in Mombasa has become a household brand in everything Mombasa. Jammy’s commitment to showcasing Mombasa to the world in a positive way has yielded attention to Mombasa. More in depth feature on KTN Life & Style- Books and Blogs with Jamila Hassan

Mombasa Cement (The Corrugated Group) Community Projects

Mombasa has been growing rapidly over the years.  People are moving into Mombasa to make it their home. The diverse residents have created an economy that is evolving toward a better Mombasa.  As the city is growing, new places are being built and created and old places are renovated to accommodate the growing city. Companies are now investing and creating better environment for Mombasa. One of the companies is Mombasa Cement, they have embarked on a journey to beautify Mombasa and create better lives for people. They have introduced various projects that have created an impact in the society, such as painting school walls, and planting trees, also fixing and painting the iconic Tusks at Moi avenue.

Established in 1958 as Venus Metal, the group has grown and risen to one of the region’s leading construction partner. Producing under the Nyumba Brand, they have dedicated themselves to be a leader among their peers, a two-fold endeavour proven by their top-tier products and their numerous corporate social responsibility programs in the region. Corporate citizenship, an award they recently won at the 2018 Mombasa Business Awards, according to Investopedia  “refers to a company’s responsibilities toward society. The goal is to produce higher standards of living and quality of life for the communities that surround them.”

The company has changed the corporate citizenship game by their incalculable efforts to give back to the communities that have supported them since they started up in the late fifties. These include: The beautification of Mombasa by repair of the iconic Mombasa tusks (Pembe za Ndovu) along Moi Avenue. The iconic tusks were built in 1952 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth visit to Mombasa and have since become an unforgettable symbol associated with the coastal town. The project took over a month to touch up, repair and put on an ivory white paint coat on the iconic tusks. Another project undertaken was the building & repairing of school perimeter walls & other school structures, including construction repairs and roofing replacements. The Pantone Green Colourcot mabati used form a beautiful symmetry with the plants planted along the different school walls to create a beautiful symphony of colours.

Apart from the beautification projects, Mombasa Cement has other CSR projects that are assisting the community in various ways. One of the projects, The Relief Water Distribution has assisted residents of Banghala area and Ganahola area in Mikindani. The project started in 2017 and sees over 200,000 litres of water a day provided to the thousands of residents in the area. The distribution is done every Monday to Saturday between 8am to 5pm and with the assistance and coordination of the residents in the community. Another project that has created an impact in Mombasa is the feeding program near the railways. A small area has been allocated and built to provide an eating area safe from the elements for the homeless and needy of Mombasa island. Food is delivered every day at lunch time and in the evening. The program feeds over 1000 people per day, giving the needy a basic necessity as they go on with their day to day lives.

Mombasa Cement is a blessing to Mombasa, the company corporate responsibility to create a better environment in Mombasa and assist the less privilege. The project will create impact for the future generations, and teaching the young generation to be better citizens. Find pictures and a short video below showcasing the programs and projects.


MNKafé Mobile App

Located in the serene and suburban neighbourhood of Kizingo, MNKafé is a famous eatery offering burgers, waffles and etc.  Established in 2012, their aim is to become one of the leading café’s that focuses on family & friends. Their ambiance has warm, earthy tones, relying heavily on natural colors such as brown, and green, with reflecting elements such as wood, stone and plants. Their passion and commitment in providing exceptional products and services hasn’t gone unnoticed, with editorial acclaims by The Star Newspaper, as well as Kenya’s largest online travel website, Travelstart, having being mentioned as being one of the top 20 amazing dining experiences in Kenya. They were also listed with Tripadvisor, consistently with top ratings, where unbiased reviews from their customers showcase their commitment and dedication to providing you with the best.

The recently launched MNKafé Mobile App was intended to create an immersive experience for their guests. With the highlight being the award of credits and use of stamps as a way to reward loyal clients and promote their most popular products, the app also includes the entire menu, information about the café, their hours of business throughout the year, as well as a constantly changing gallery showcasing their products & services.

To add further value and exclusivity, app-only offers as well as geo-notification alerts have been activated. Very soon, the app will allow their guests to order right from their mobile phone and send their order straight to their printers. With hosts verifying the order, it will further streamline and enhance their commitment to embrace technology combined with effectiveness and transparency.

Feedback triggers on the app will provide their customers a platform to either share critical feedback in order to improve their products and services, or give an option to leave a review about their experiences at the café.

The app is currently available on Google Play and will be added to the Apple App Store platform in due course

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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