Author - Jammy

30 Days of Nawal : Ramadhan Shopping at Nawal Centre

One of the most iconic shopping plaza in Mombasa is Nawal centre, located in Mwembe Tayari makes it the most tallest building in the area.  Opened in 2001, it has become the one stop shop for all household items.  Many people from around Mombasa visit Nawal Centre to furnish their homes and offices, with the convenience of location it makes it ideal.  The prices are also affordable without compromising quality. Today,

Nawal Centre has 7 floors, each floor dedicated to a specific category. There is wide range of products from Bath accessories, Stationery, Cosmetics, Materials and ladies accessories, Mommy & Baby store, Household items, Electronics, Curtains & Upholstery and Furniture. They bring products each month, making it easy to find variety of Products each visit.  Apart from the shopping, Nawal Centre has employed many youths in the community.  By creating job opportunities, they build the community and create economic empowerment. In addition, they take youths from local colleges on work placement who then stay on with permanent positions.

This Ramadhan, Nawal Centre has new campaign – “30 days of Nawal”.  The campaign is to allow people outside Mombasa to benefit from the deals at Nawal Center.  Each day, a deal is posted on the social media channels to allow buyers to order, purchase and be delivered to them. Online shoppers can order through the social media or the WhatsApp number.  So far the deals have included, Revolving cake stand, Bathroom set, Blender, Fruit Juicer, Pizza Maker and Deep Fryer. All items are selected based on the needs and demands of the shoppers.  In addition, to cater to the Eid shoppers Nawal center will be opening at night throughout the last 10 days of Ramadhan. Shoppers will be able to shop at the convenience time after breaking their fast.

Nawal Centre has helped the community; it is an iconic place to shop for most Mombasa residents. Shoppers find deals every day, but to appreciate loyal customers and all shoppers the Ramadhan offer is a great way to show it. For all the deals stop by Nawal Center and show us your purchase- tag @lifeinMombasa and @nawalcentre on Instagram.

Best County Blog



I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who voted for, may God Bless you abundantly. This is the third year in a row winning BAKE (Bloggers Association of Kenya) Awards- Best County Blog. In addition, I thank everyone who has supported me in every way you can, I am truly humbled. Thank you to my family, Friends, to Swahilipot Hub and Mombasa County for giving me opportunities.  Due to rules and regulations this is the last time the blog can win. Although, it is not about winning but showcasing Mombasa and the beauty around us. I am looking forward to many more years of creating content and showcasing our beautiful city of Mombasa.
Once again thank you so much!



Jina langu ni Hussein Abdi Hussein


Your name and what do you do?

My name is Hussein Abdi Hussein. I am currently an accounts student at star Institute of Professionals undertaking my CPA course based in Mombasa. Apart from being a student, I am also an actor. I perform in plays; I have also been featured in some screen projects. I am an entrepreneur, the founder and the C.E.O of 254 WEAR.

Tell us about 254 Wear?

254 WEAR is my new venture where I make T-shirts with the Kenyan flag on the front of the T-shirt.

How and why did you decide to do the Kenya flag t-shirts?

The idea came along last year when we were heading to the general elections in Kenya in August. Around May when the political tension was high the idea came along so as to show patriotism and unity to preach peace among Kenyans. The idea was well received; thank God I have been able to export the T-shirts to Kenyans who are outside the country.

What challenges did you face?

One of the biggest challenges is when clients don’t pay for their T-shirts; I end up incurring a loss.  Another challenge is that most people don’t trust the quality hence making it hard to make sales, I have to deliver the T-shirt to them first before they do any payment.

What three major problems do you think young people face today?

Three Problems young people go through is:

  • Lack of funds to start up their business ideas
  • Lack skills for Business Management
  • Drug abuse

Many youths are unemployed and they don’t know what to do, how can they generate business ideas?

There a lot of ideas out there, one must do some research to find a business idea and how to launch the business. There are many ways to generate ideas, one way is to go online and do some research, also collaborate with others.

Are there enough resources for the youth to empower themselves?

There are many resources out there that they can access including Uwezo funds, and other seed funds from various organizations. I would advise the youth to keep searching online for such opportunity to be able to empower themselves.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

I want to have a T-shirt brand that is selling all over the country and abroad. A name that people want to be associated with.

Parting shot

For any business idea one should be risk taker. One should be determined, disciplined and then success will follow.

Mombasa Shopping and Food Festival 2018

Mombasa is known for the rich culture and vibrant traditions; one of the most attractive part of Mombasa is the Swahili Food and the mix-culture cuisine. It’s not a trip to Mombasa without trying the Viazi via Karai and bhajiya to mshikaki and biriyani. The Swahili cuisine is a mixture of the different cultures that live in Mombasa, people have adapted each other’s cuisine into a unique mix-culture cuisine. And of course nothing brings people together than food. On the Easter Weekend the Mombasa County Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment held a Mombasa Shopping and Food Festival at Fort Jesus.
The food festival was aimed at bringing Mombasa visitors together during the Easter weekend to shop and sample some of our cuisine from the coast. The event was from Friday 30th March to 1st April at the street next to Fort Jesus from 11am to 11pm. A row of tents were set-up with different vendors occupying each tent to sell their food and products. Some of the food tents were street food vendors, restaurants and catering companies. There was a variety of food from the Swahili viazi via karai , bhajiya and sambusa. Also including matobosho, ndizi ya kupika, kababs. There was also vendors grilling chicken tikka, mishkaki, fish, and prawns and also restaurants selling Shawarma and juices. Mabuyus and acharis were also sold from different vendors. All the food vendors were provided with tables and chairs for customers to seat and savor the food. Other vendors included, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, Kenya Association of Women in Tourism, Multi Choice and Major restaurants including Dormans, Tamarind Tree Hotel and A & F Foods Chicken Hub. Temptations Ice cream was there to give visitors something to cool off with during the heat. Two Up-coming jewelry designers also seized the opportunity – Wawuda Carol and Grace Kimaru occupied two stalls, they showcased their jewelry making skills by selling their own hand-made accessories. The was a few entertainers including cultural dance by Likoni Cultural Boys , ladies drums Kishuri and Kirumbizi (stick fight). Ladies who attended the event had the opportunity to adorn their hands and feet with beautiful henna. Craftsman were also not left behind as well, different souvenir vendors were also available selling different products from Kenya key chains to animal carvings and etc. Last But Not least there was the Kids corner, where games and bouncing castle was placed.
Although, this was the first of the series of Festivals in Mombasa it brought many people together. Mr. Fawzi Rashid, the new CEC for Mombasa County Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment shows promising leadership for the Mombasa tourism industry.

In a statement issued to Life in Mombasa he says:

“The idea of the festival was to market fort Jesus and old town and to show that we not only have some of the best beaches in the world, but also historical and cultural sites for the food vendors. We wanted to give our visitors a taste of our local dishes. Future festivals are on our priority list in different parts of Mombasa.
My message to Mombasa residents on tourism is that responsibility begins with us, the people of Mombasa, we are well known for our hospitality and kindness in welcoming our guests.
Through my extremely able department we are available any time as our doors are always open. We all need to work together to ensure we not only bring Mombasa to where it belongs but take it beyond.”

We look forward to marketing Mombasa, and changing the narratives of Mombasa.

Mombasa Shopping and Food Festival in pictures:

Serena Beach Resort and Spa Architectural, Cultural and Conservation Tour

Travelling is no longer just about the destination but more about travel experiences. Travelers look into experiences when booking their holiday. Staying at a hotel with no activity does not entice travelers, there must be in-house activities and out-door places to visit and things to do.  Many destinations have realized this and they create activities that cater to every age and interests. You will find hotels and cities creating experiences rather than promoting the destination alone.  Today, in Mombasa it is not about our white sandy beach, or the historical Old town or lounging on the resort the whole day. These no longer attract tourists, especially millennials they look for travel experiences. One of the resort creating experiences is Serena Beach Resort and Spa.  They have an Architectural, Cultural and Conservation Tour at the resort, where you learn about the idea behind the design and architect of Serena Beach resort including some history. The entire design is a replica of Lamu Historic city, inspired by the Swahili culture.

The architectural, cultural and conservation tour starts from the main gate, the narrow roads depicting the narrow alleys of Lamu.  Marsden, one of the tour guides will take you through from beginning to the end. He will show you the various Trees that are near the entrance, each tree with a different story and its uses from the Baobab tree (Mbuyu) to the Neem tree.  Some of them are over 50 years old at the resort. As you walk a little further, you will find a well, wells in Mombasa are still a source of water for many. In the old days, A bucket tied to a rope will be used to fetch the water, a person would throw the bucket all the way down and then pull it once it is filled with water. Before the entrance you will find a round about that is replica of Gede Ruins, Gede Ruins are the remains of a Swahili town located near Malindi. It origin traces to 12th Century.  As you enter the reception, you will find the Lamu door which leads into the resort.  Inside you will find a display of Swahili culture artifacts, the high beams which replicate Swahili House making it cool during the heat. The interiors designed with Swahili culture in mind, carving that reflects on the Arab and Swahili infusion of the cultures.

As you enter into the reception lounge and walk towards the resort, you will be welcomed by Swahili coffee and Haluwa (snack), the furniture and design inspired by the Swahili culture of wooden chairs and lesos.  The next tour stop is the Sokoni The Market Place Restaurant, also inspired by Swahili culture and an old style market. The tables covered in Leso (with various sayings) and products that showcase the Swahili way of life.  After that, the tour continues with walk around the buildings and alleys. Each way marked by the name of city in Lamu, this includes Pate way, Siyu Street and Lamu Street. As you continue walking, you will find small alleys that replicate the ones in Lamu town and rock walls that also showcase the ruins which are made of coral stones. In the middle of the gardens, a minaret stands tall. Lamu being a Muslim dominated city, you will find a lot of minarets of Mosques in various areas. This Minaret tower tower surrounded by a star and crescent has its origin in the famous tower of the Friday Mosque of Shela in Lamu.  The tour also includes a stop at Old Swahili market place, with stone benches that were used to by old men to play board games or drink Swahili Coffee (Kahawa Chungu).

As you reach the seafront, you will be introduced to the Turtle conservation project. The project has been in existence for over 20 years, they have released over 44,000 hatchlings into the sea. The project turned fisherman from poachers to protectors by buying eggs instead of them selling it off.  On the beachfront you will find the walk-in chess board based on the Theme: “Marine Life Vs Life Cycle of a Butterfly”. The theme is based on Serena’s conservation projects .The chess pieces have been made out of recycled flip-flops that are found littered on beaches and in the various waterways of Kenya.  As the tour gears toward the end, you will visit Jahazi Grill which resembles a dhow.  The design and interior was made to give you the feeling of an old dhow, with their main cuisine being Seafood. The tour ends with a grand finale, which is the Moon Fountain. The circle is reflection of the moon, on a full moon night you can see the moon clear from the benches on the side. Marsden will end the tour by offering a cold Coconut (Madafu) to quench the thirst after a long tour.

The tour is about 45 minutes to one hour, with enough time to ask questions and enquiries. All the tour guides are well knowledgeable. This is just one of the activities at Serena Beach resort and spa; you will find different activities to your interest. The tour is to give resort residents a glimpse of the idea behind the resort and inspiration. The tour is also to acknowledge and honour the Swahili culture and its significance in the coast. The tour is a great starting point for guest wanting to know about the Swahili culture before going into Fort Jesus and old town to learn about history of Mombasa and coast. To go on the tour email:

Watch the video for more sights and sounds:

Jina langu ni Naima Twahir

Your name and what do you do?

My name is Naima Twahir, I am the founder and director of Shakirina youth for development, I am a trained C/PVE (Countering /Preventing violent extremism) TOT ,youth leader advocating for youth inclusion , social worker, community health volunteer, also I am a business woman and a mother.

Tell us about Shakirina Youth for Development.

Shakirina youth for development is a community based organization registered in 15/12/2011 as a youth group Shakirina Youth group then upgraded to a community based organization, based in Old town Mombasa County.

Shakirina youth for development, email- twitter- @ShakirinaYouth, instagram- shakirinayouth tell no-254 718 887 303

The group was initiated before 2012 elections with a group of youths with the aim of stopping violence and political dependency by doing business and community awareness on non-violent elections to youths

The community being faced with myriad of challenges that has inhibited its development key of those affected being youths, we initiated “preventing violence extremism through sports. In 2016 we engaged teens to play football at the fort Jesus grounds to keep them away from being exposed to drugs and related violent triggers

Using sports as a way to prevent violence we organize peaceful tournaments in Mombasa County as a whole and we do home visits to support teens in the project during difficulties. We refer teens to psychological support to professional counselors

Describe a typical day with the children?

We usually meet on every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, they get trained by the coach under supervision and later on given 10 minutes to network

Every month we chose a day where we bring in a community leader to come and talk/sensitize to them on matters that could prevent them from being violent or drug addiction. After every 4 months they go for an exchange visit to learn about other people and culture.

We have 1 Sunday of month where they tell stories and read story books.

Is there enough resources in Mombasa to empower the youth?

I think yes, but there are poor structures on how to disburse them, most of those who access them are friends or affiliates  of Mombasa county Politian’s/ campaigners, so if you are from the grassroots it’s not easy to access any!

What are the top three challenges youth face?

Violence in school and in the hood- parents, teachers and the community are all not responsible for teens, when they see them having a fight they just tend to ignore and this creates rifts between youths in the hood, when they start bullying each other it’s not seriously taken, its until when one is injured that’s the time they interfere, currently we have street fights and no talks about them in Old town.

Drug abuse- a large number of teens are chewing Mongokas which affects their wellbeing, a large number of youths are smoking bhang in the hood and its seen as a normal thing, others are like zombies on the street after sniffing, smoking cocaine and these has made their bodies less active by contributing to economy in old town, only women are on the forefront in doing businesses to look after their families. Drugs are easily available and accessible the peddlers sell drugs to young kids.

Education disparity- a larger number of youths in the hood are school dropouts, so they don’t feel appreciated or being engaged because of their educational background, they always withdraw themselves with others whom have gone and finished school, they have created social class between them 1.the learned and unlearned.

Many parents don’t know how to nurture artistic talent, how can parents help their artistic children?

Yes, they think nurturing talents is a waste of time and resources, they feel like talents is committing a sin, and with talents they will not make it in future. They have to believe in their children, get them exposed in other areas.

What are the challenges you face with the organization?

Lack of enough resources to sustain projects- we have a long term project in Old town, we train teens football 4 days per week, they wear jerseys which they need to be clean, we have a community volunteering coach whom the organization is not able to pay, members of the organizations are all volunteers so they need to work somewhere and earn  daily bread then give back to the community by demonstrating their skills in the field work.

A focus on the short term projects- it when we abide by the rules given to us by donors, we cannot exceed or reduce from a short term projects, because that’s what the donor wants. Every short term project is specific and has its own time-frame.

Difficulties in programs approach to the community- our people are the hardest to deal with, whenever you engage them in anything they resist but later they will murmur and complain, when you initiate a project they will insist it goes to opposite cultural norms and beliefs by giving false ideologies, the organization is a women lead and men in the hood feel threatened and outdated seeing women taking lead, whenever you engage them they boycotts our projects.

What do you hope to achieve?

A peacefully community where youths, community and business partners has peaceful coexistence and trust each other whenever they meet

We want to see youths navigate their time positively and contribute fully to community development as equal partners.

Where do you see yourself   10 years from now?

I hope to move into a position very much like these one, but with more an impact to women, children and youths, I’d like to find myself in a position to mentor others in community development industry, putting my experience to use in ways that help others achieve what I attained.

Parting shot

Trying is always enough. ~ Patricia Briggs

Weekend Market

Kenya branded souvenirs are the best gifts to give to people traveling outside Kenya, many people have learnt the skill to create different products for this demand. Today, you can find different vendors around Kenya selling from bracelets to shoes made in Kenya.  The unique accessories represent different cultures and other products made from assimilation of cultures.

In Mombasa , one of the places is on Moi ave and custom road you will find them on the weekend. The road is closed to allow them to set up the Weekend market. A few vendors sell their products they made or acquired from other producers. On display at the weekend Market are various items such as hanging ornaments, kitchen wares, bedding, clothing, sandals and wearable accessories. The price ranges cost as low as kshs 100 to over kshs 5000, depending on your purchase.  Each product has a specific use or you can decide a different use for it.

The weekend Market makes it easier for you to be trendy on a low budget. The items sold there are diverse in colour, texture, design and material to cater for all ages and genders. There is something for everyone. It is also a way to promote locally made Kenya products and assist the producers of the items. The Market is open 9am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday on Moi Ave next to Castle Royal Hotel.

Sights from the Market:

Maakulati : Bibla Fruit Parlour

Who doesn’t love a glass of scud? A popular mixture of fruit salad and ice Cream in Mombasa that is loved by many.  You can find scud at different places in Mombasa, mostly at night I different fruit parlours.

Bibla Fruit Parlour

Started in 2012, Bibla is a popular night spot for a fresh glass of scud or smoothie. Located off Jomo Kenyatta ave, they open from 5:30 to late night. The owner had passion for creating fresh juices and smoothies and making sure people have healthy options.  He uses fresh ingredients every day to ensure people get quality and fresh order of their choice. Some of the drinks they Offer are Burj Al Arab that’s the best seller and other like Noora, Burj Khalifa, Faisalia, Jumaira and Banana Smoothie. The drinks are a mixture of different fruits blended or cut in pieces to create a tasty and healthy choice. They also have Fresh juices such as Beetroot, Orange, Stafeli, Bungo and many more. Price ranges from kshs 100-200 that’s for small glass and for large glasses it’s between kshs 250 to 400.

My review:

Ambiance:  casual and ok.

Service: Fast

Waiting time: 10 Minutes

Parking:  Roadside parking

The fruit scud was fresh and the ice cream made it delicious.

Jina langu ni Aisha Datey


Your name and what do you do?

My name is Aisha Datey and I’m a part time vlogger. In normal hours, I’m a secretary/accountant.

Why did you start Vlogging?

Since I was young,  i have been watching YouTube videos and i loved the idea of people showcasing their interesting life/ what they did etc. So I thought I think I can do that too you know. Showing my vieweres what I actually do/where I go, whom I with.

What do you find most challenging about vlogging?

Finding content is probably the hardest part of vlogging. I upload weekly so I have to take something that is totally boring or not exciting  emerge that something  into exciting like this perfect little vlogging babe which hopefully you guys enjoy it. It’s challenging but enjoyable too because I have to think about what I’m going to record, or think about new ideas.

Do you receive hateful comments on your YouTube channel and how do you deal with it?

I don’t get much hateful comments but I believe they’re there to discourage you. To discourage you from doing something great as they have seen potential from my side. Those people who are writing hateful comments are already on a dark side full of sadness that is why they are trying to send the negative vibes to make you stoop to their position. You should just brush it off and continue doing whatever you’re doing. And you know what else works? Pep talk with yourself. I know it sounds cheesy but trust me it really works!

Does your family support you with your Vlogging?

My family does support me thoroughly through this journey. They would sit down with their phones each week as I upload. Which is pretty much awkward to hear my voice over and over again!

What do you want achieve from your Youtube channel?

I just want to connect with my viewers throughout my channel. People who can relate to me and what I do

There are so many different definitions of modest dress — what does it mean to you?

For me modest dress is being dressed to respected. With our current generation, we come up with different ideas eying the fashion industry. I’m glad that we have modest fashion bloggers who give us ideas on how to be trendy, fashionable and yet modest. I feel like society is appreciating the modest fashion movement because more young Muslim girls can now dress modest despite the fashion trends.

What is the misconception about Muslim women content creators that you feel should be addressed?

People tend to think we are out here selling our beauty to the world. In the actual sense we are here to share our lives, ideas, tips and so with our viewers

What legacy do want to leave behind?

I just want people to look at me and see the power of a woman in today’s world full of judgmental people

Parting shot

You could give up on anything if you have to but never give up on yourself