Author - Jammy

Let’s Eat Mombasa: Mombasa Dishes

Life has become different nowadays, eating out has become a norm in Mombasa. Most restaurants are busy during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Even business meetings are conducted over lunch hours. Having a restaurant that offers wide variety for the different demands will get you a good clientele every day.  A good location can also help you with getting traffic to the restaurant, one of the restaurant on Mazrui road also known as Makadara is Mombasa Dishes. Located behind Stan-Chart T-square and central bank of Kenya, Mombasa Dishes specializes in Coastal infusion, Swahili cuisine and barbeque.

From grilled prawns, to spicy masala chips and Samaki wa kupaka and to tasty biriyani or a wrapped shawarma, the menu has variety to cater to everyone’s needs.  Everything is cooked fresh for your order, with touch of homemade taste. The restaurant has 12 staff, who are always ready to serve you and give you a memorable experience.  The price ranges from kshs 50 to kshs 3000 per item and kshs 200 to kshs 3000 per meal. Open between 10 am to 10:30 pm every day to cater to all clients and customers.  They accept cash and mpesa payments for your meals. They work with different delivery agents such as tuma rider and also tuktuks to deliver orders to homes, place of work or any preferred location on standardized delivery rates.  

Because barbeque is popular in Mombasa, they offer barbeque menu every day from lunch till night. The menu includes grilled tikka, girlled prawns and fish, depending on your order. In the evening, tables are set outside the restaurant to offer dinner under the night sky. So next time you are looking for a place to have a nice biriyani, or pilau or grilled prawns visit Mombasa dishes to enjoy a nice, delicious meal.  As they plan to open more branches around Mombasa, you can call for deliveries and catering on 0713-959-999.

Facebook: Mombasa Dishes

Instagram: @Mombasadishes


Mombasa Bakers and Sweet Delights

Cakes are always in demand; everyday people celebrate birthdays. One person can receive up to 5 cakes on their birthday, and then there are all other celebrated days that people receive cakes. Weddings, anniversaries, new baby, all these days deserve a cake to celebrate.  Celebrations all so go with snacks and sweet savory delights to add to the festive mood. In Mombasa, there is an influx of bakers who make amazing cakes. Each person having a unique way of their decorations and taste, which will cater to all types of demands from different occasions to celebrate.  From cakes, cupcakes, doughnuts and to all types of sweet savory delights, there is variety to choose from for those special occasions or just to satisfy those sweet tooth cravings.

Every day on Instagram, Facebook you will discover a new baker who is advertising their work. Sometimes you want to know who can provide a cake for a different occasion, hence Life in Mombasa has curated a list of bakers and sweet delicacy bakers from Mombasa who specialize in the different types of baking.

NB: This list will be updated regularly.

All Bakers and Sweet delicacy makers: To be added to this list send an email with our Name, contact, and Social Media account and specialty to Jamila@lifeinMombasa.com

  • Name: Sameera Parpia
  • Contact: 0717267243
  • Social Media : doughnut_eatme
  • Specialty: Hand crafted English Doughnuts
  • Name: Aahil’s Cakes – Nawal Esmail
  • Contact: 0728256771
  • Social Media: aahilscakes
  • Specialty: Cakes
  • Name:  Sausan Shallo
  • Contact: 0741150875
  • Social Media: s_saadan_cakes
  • Specialty: Cakes
  • Name: Qamariyah
  • Contact: 0722785407
  • Social Media: FooDelish.254
  • Specialty: Cakes and Sweet Delicacies
  • Name:  Amina K Ahmed
  • Contact: 0796952881
  • Social Media: Minny Bakery
  • Specialty: Cakes
  • Name: Mariyah behlul.
  • Contact: 0715474652
  • Social Media: Meltingcakes
  • Specialty: Cakes
  • Name: Farida Qaizaar
  • Contact: 0723424719
  • Social Media: faridaqaiz
  • Specialty: Cakes
  • Name: Khadija Said
  • Contact: 0799708705
  • Social Media: astwinbakers
  • Specialty: Cakes
  • Name: Cynthia Ogeya
  • Contact: 0714397509 / 0734088804
  • Social Media: ceo_tastytreats
  • Specialty: Cakes
  • Name: Fatma hassan
  • Contact: 0703561633
  • Social Media: Whispering_cakes
  • Specialty: Cakes, Cupcakes, Cookies (for all occasions)
  • Name: Amne Abdulgawi Ahmed
  • Contact: 0705554455
  • Social Media: sweettreats_by_amne
  • Specialty: Bake & Dessert Making
  • Name:  Huseini Bakery
  • Contact:
  • Social Media:  huseinibakery
  • Specialty: All cakes and baked snacks
  • Name: Rahma Ahmed Mohammed Othman
  • Contact: 0741929945
  • Social Media: __love.at.first.bite__
  • Specialty: Baking cakes and desserts

Mombasa Make-Up Artists

The cosmetic industry is growing at a rapid rate, brands compete each day with newer and better products for consumers. Today, every woman has one or two cosmetic product in their handbag and multiple products in their homes. Some women are loyal to certain brands, and they only purchase products released by the certain brand. Make-up has become trend with influencers, you will find various tutorials and videos on YouTube.

Today, with high demand for make-up from consumers a lot of Make-up artists (MUA) are becoming popular and on demand. With weddings, event and other official functions more and more women opt using a make-up artist to glam themselves. Since the demands is so high, more women are getting into the industry to fill in the gap. Because there is a demand for different MUAs, Life in Mombasa has curated a list of Make-up Artists from Mombasa who specialize in the different Make-up for different occasions.

NB: This list will be updated regularly.

Make-up Artist: To be added to this list send an email with our Name, contact, Social Media account to Jamila@lifeinMombasa.com.

  • Name: Mahaasin Abdulrahim
  • Contact: 0780334316
  • Social Media: mahaglamour
  • Name: Leylah Yusuf
  • Contact: 0711109770
  • Social Media: Makeover_letu
  • Open to travel within the country. I do house calls too.
  • Name: Charity Sonje- Kakey Makeup
  • Contact: 0725633285
  • Social Media: kakey_makeup
  • Name: Aisha Said
  • Contact: 0725484028.
  • Social Media: aashuni
  • Name: Sumaiya Abdulkarim
  • Contact: 0782222001
  • Social Media: ajmal_glam
  • Name:  glamour.holics
  • Contact: 0707717123 Aisha and 0700338610 Mirfat
  • Social Media: glamour.holics
  • Name: Shahina ibrahim
  • Contact: 0706802786
  • Social Media: shahiiiiina
  • Name:  Manaal Jamal
  • Contact: 0701052050
  • Email: manaals.mikyaj@gmail.com
  • Social Media: manaals.mikyaj
  • Name:  Naseem Amin
  • Contact: 0712211180 / 0754115246
  • Social Media: Nasmohaamhas
  • Name:  Nawaal Harith
  • Contact: 0786279644 / 0729256702 (whatsapp only)
  • Social Media: makeup_by_nawaal
  • Name:  Muna Kassam Ahmed
  • Contact: 0700881915
  • Social Media: mombasamua
  • Name:  Sameera Styles Makeup Studio, Ganjoni
  • Contact: 0715156664
  • Social Media: sameerastyles001
  • Name:  Faith Gwada – Fleekworth by Fay
  • Contact: 0723983050
  • Social Media: fleekworthbyfay
  • Name: Hawa Hassan
  • Contact: 0746075534
  • Social Media: hawa’s makeup
  • Name:  Shadya Ibrahim
  • Contact: 0702137194 / 0784137194
  • Social Media: Shadya_dada

Jina langu ni Rahim Kara

Your name and what do you do?

My name is Rahim M Kara. I am a content creator with a focus on Photo and Video as a medium of my content creation under my company Megapixels production.

Why photography?

Photography is a form of expression for me. A way in which I tell stories that I feel are important. I began my life in photography as a child when I used to play with my father’s camera and even since then, I can recall a fondness for working with the medium. It wasn’t too difficult turning my passion in to a career when I had the opportunity to begin working full time as a photographer.

What other skills do you have?

Apart from Photography, my career path led me to Counselling Psychology which I practice voluntarily however apart from Photography, I have a skill set in Computer Networking, Hardware, Web Development, Web Design, Graphic Design and I am an Adobe, Apple and Phase One Certified Professional.

You have been in the industry for so long, what are the changes you have seen in the photography industry in Mombasa?

With the advent of digital photography, I’ve seen a shift in the industry in our region of the country. There have been more and more photographers shifting to digital as a medium and there are still photographers shooting on film. So it’s a two sided edge at the moment.

Mombasa as an industry for Photography is interesting compared to a lot of other places. Unfortunately, for the moment the ethos in Mombasa is an individual centric mentality which has stopped the growth of the community in the area. Instead, there are individuals who are mushrooming in various areas and are growing but only to a certain limit before they themselves are forced to either concede and get a 9-5 job to supplement their income or become “glorified paparazzi”.

This is a mindset that we have as creatives in Mombasa unfortunately that is causing us to remain small as an industry as it causes more harm in the long run to the younger photographers / newer photographers who instead of seeing what should be a thriving industry, end up finding more failures and are immediately discouraged from taking it on as a career path.

What are the challenges you have faced?

Over the past 18 years, a lot has happened with respect to building and sustaining my career in photography / cinematography. We began in the time of film photography and 8mm DV Cam tapes so the first challenge at that time was investments. We had to work consistently and continuously for at least 2 years with our old equipment before we were able to invest in what we thought at the time was good and newer equipment. Without the internet though, we didn’t really have a gauge to meter what we were buying compared to what was available in the market at the time. It was more reliance on local vendors. So for at least 5 years, we worked on upgrading our equipment and had to keep up with the trends when the internet came to it’s near fruition with 2G data on our phones. By 2004, we felt we were in a good place to start with our first digital camera to test what the systems have and can bring to the table, it was a Fuji Finepix 2MP camera and we loved it. After that, we purchased our first DSLR which we still own. It was a Canon EOS 400D an 8mp camera. Weddings were suddenly more than just 4 rolls of film, a 4GB card could let us make mistakes and get some amazing photographs while at it.

I think there were only 4 photographers at the time shooting weddings on digital and that made the world of difference to some clients. Receiving a DVD instead of a printed set of photos from which to choose and make your own printouts was just a wonder for them.

We grew as expected and by 2009, we had 2x5D Mark ii cameras, a 1D Mark ii N, 50D, 350D, 400D, a hasselblad, 2 large broncolor lights and a plethora of other items in our kit that made us “Invincible” or so we thought.

Pride comes before a fall. A saying I now hold very dear to me. In 2010, we were robbed and lost almost 3 Million worth of equipment by my estimate.

Since then though, we’ve bought only what’s necessary and only when we need to. Till then, we’ll work with what we have and it’s been nice working on what we’ve got because that taught us our equipment’s worth.

A lot has happened within these 18 years that can be spoken about but one of the most challenging times was building up from losing all the primary equipment we owned.

Nowadays almost everyone has access to devices with which it is possible to take pictures. What do you think is the difference between a professional photographer and any other hobby photographer?

I’d like to believe that the term “Professional photographer” initially sets apart the hobbyists by the first point of note being their getting paid to do a job. While that isn’t the most defining trait, it is an important one. Hobbyists too get paid for what they do sometimes, and I don’t want to dismiss them because I know a good number of photographers who enjoy the craft as a part time / retreat from their 9-5 day jobs and are honestly very good at photography but choose to leave it as a side hustle. That I believe would probably be a good definition for the difference.

A professional to me is someone that takes the craft very seriously and invests his / her time, energy and day to day to just that craft. They eat, sleep and breathe just that one craft.

And they are the embodiment of the craft. 

In Mombasa, we still have an issue of unemployed youth, what are the steps a youth can do to identify and develop a skill that they can generate income from themselves?

This is a loaded question and I don’t think there’s a straight answer to it. In my opinion though, I think there’s room for us as photographers to build our own industry because of this.

As the Mombasa Photographers’ association is now a formalized entity, perhaps the first point of action is an awareness campaign with the county so as to build awareness within the local populous that this can be a way of generating revenue.

If they do want to take this up as a career, it would be amazing. And then we can work on an education path for the members of the community. This builds personal growth as there’s more weddings in Mombasa alone than we as a unit can wave a stick at.

Well trained, well-educated photographers in the craft means that we’ll have more diversity and more work open up for everyone as well as a unified way forward for the community.

What major campaigns have you worked with?

One that was very close to me was a campaign against gender based violence which was a group project that was absorbed by the United Nations as well as the MSF that was one of the largest campaigns. Apart from that, over the past two years I’ve been working quite a bit on campaigns with the Aga Khan Development Network ( AKDN ) who are one of the largest NGO’s in the world and have been extremely active in East Africa for over 4 decades. They are easily identified by the Aga Khan Insignia and incorporate the Aga Khan Hospital, the Academies and one that I personally find most intersting, is the Early Childhood Development Madrasa Program, a project that began almost 37 years ago with the Muslim Ummah in Mombasa. The project was initiated to incorporate a balance between the secular and religious sides of education for Muslim youth in Mombasa initiated in as at the time, Muslim children were being marginalised due to the fact that they had almost no primary schooling. 

It is such ideas and projects that increasingly bring me more joy when working with the AKDN 

Where do you see yourself ten years from now?

Hopefully teaching. I’d like to be able to share as much information as I can as I believe that is all I can do to help with the industry / youth.

Parting shot.

Photography as a career is tough. Especially in East Africa where the market has not yet matured. It is unfortunate but it is true. I want to get to a point where we as an industry are recognized and are able to bring actual change and development to our region.

YEPI Governors Startup Challenge 2019 Winner

“I think what you need is not the money but what you need is the passion and drive that will enable you get to earn (eventually),” is how Anzazi Kiti sums it up.

This is her advice especially for fellow youth aspiring to dive into businesses.

The message aptly captures her own entrepreneurship journey, seeing that she took it up out of passion. “Since my childhood I was the child who was always in the kitchen. So despite my background as an accountant, I decided to shift into my passion which is to spice up kitchens. I found it’s more fulfilling,” she had told panel judges.

Anzazi Kiti, from Kilifi South and founder of Taste Afrique Ltd, is the winner of Governors Startup Challenge (GSC) 2019. She runs a food company dealing in manufacturing, distribution and selling of food seasoning products dubbed Chibundiro and Siri spices.

The Governors Startup Challenge is a program of the Mombasa based Youth Empowerment Programme Initiative (YEPI), and that seeks to stimulate and promote youth led businesses.

There had been 10 finalists representing the best and brightest startups to compete in designing and building entrepreneurial projects that also solve community problems.

Anzazi came up tops to claim the prize award of an equity funding worth 100,000Kes.

Her company is about three years old now and Anzazi has been at the centre of nurturing and navigating it to a path of growth, and now sees the business slowly but surely moving forward with what she terms as the ‘Chibundiro effect’ digging in. The demand is growing, they’re creating employment, sales project a promising trend et cetera.

But what is Chibundiro, you may ask? The natural seasoning product draws its inspiration from the Chonyi (a Mijikenda sub tribe) culture, but with a unique formula skillfully made out of onions, ginger, garlic alongside other organic spices. It comes in three styles in the forms of all purpose seasoning with chilli, non-chilli and mild offerings and packaged from a range of a 10Kes sachet to a 700Kes jar.

Taste Afrique also produces the Siri product series; Siri ya Chai, Siri ya Pilau and Siri ya Mchuzi!

Life in Mombasa had a brief chat with Anzazi:

What made you participate in the GSC?

I saw the commitment of YEPI on this programme and I could feel the vision that the vision bearer was having and decided I want to be part of this noble intervention.

What have you learnt?

I am happy that in the five days of the boot camp I’ve learnt a lot of things that I’ve never learnt in my business journey so far. YEPI has taught me different ways that I can employ to succeed in business, and have also learnt ways to provide community solutions through entrepreneurship.

Why do customers like Chibundiro and not your competitor’s products?

I think there are different tastes and preferences but because Chibundiro is all natural and convenient we are able to impact customer’s lives. So that they save time, save money and also eat natural food.

Describe how the experience for 2019 GSC was?

I feel like it was beyond my expectations and honestly I didn’t expect to win so for me it’s humbling. I thank YEPI.

At first I thought (the boot camp) would be relaxing but it was back-to-back work and quite engaging. So I am really excited to go back to work now and continue the journey of entrepreneurship

The 2019 YEPI Governors Startup Challenge Finalists

In an earlier post we highlighted the Governors Startup Challenge, one of the programmes of a Mombasa based Youth Empowerment Program Initiative (YEPI) that seeks to stimulate and promote youth led businesses.

The Governors Startup Challenge (GSC) does this by bringing together select young entrepreneurs representing some of the best and brightest startups to compete in designing and building entrepreneurial projects that also solve community problems.

2019 marks the second edition of GSC, and as hinted in the last post this year’s edition presented very interesting, ambitious and energetic 10 finalists that earned their way (out of a pool of over 130 applicants) to the Entrepreneurship Boot Camp that epitomizes the GSC.

The 10 young fellows were officially unveiled by YEPI at a networking cocktail event held at Mombasa’s Pride Inn CBD hotel.

The industries repped by the #GSC2019 finalists are as diverse as they come with blue economy, arts, health, cuisine, agri-business, event management, media & communications, technology and waste management taken care of.

Below are profile of the 10 finalists:

JOSEPHINE ADETI – AWESCRIBERS

Josephine is the founder of Awescribers, an early stage startup which provides video scribing, augmented reality & 2D and 3D animation services. Her mission is to disrupt the education sector by stimulating the uptake of graphic illustrations as the alternative to engaging and interactive learning experiences.

Her creative productions also aim at changing the narrative of how presentations and advertisements are packaged.

“Participating in programs like the GSC will help me professionalize my project. It also helps me publicize my work, few people knew about it because mostly I used to do it ‘chini ya maji’” the creative from Kilifi County says.  

Animation skills sound like a complicated skills set to acquire, right? Then you might be surprised to know that Josephine taught herself all this thanks to that old, useful quality: curiousity. And the internet!

“When you are excited about something it’s easy to learn. It took one week.”

ALI MASHUA – LIKONI CREATIVE CLEANERS SERVICES

Ali’sLikoni Creative Cleaners Services is a community business tackling environmental pollution by providing garbage collection and clean-up services as well as creating awareness on proper waste management practices.

It is estimated that Mombasa produces up to 2,000 tons of solid waste per day. So you think this is all dirt. Ali thinks he is literally ‘sitting on a gold mine’, plus an opportunity to help in fixing this problem.

“I took a keen interest in the GSC so that I can be inspired. The program has mentors who are basically entrepreneurs who made it from scratch and learning from them can be motivating,” says the 20-year old.

ELIZABETH ARUBA – AFRI-FABRIC COLLECTION

Elizabeth’s AfriFabri-Collection is a business that up scales fabric waste materials to produce custom made, multipurpose African print bags, pillows, cushions and shaggy door mats. The Kilifi County based social entrepreneur is also a fourth year student at Pwani University.

Apart from word-of-mouth referrals that gives her business, she also markets her products on social media where she sells and make deliveries.

“My long term goal is to enhance skills development especially for the women of Kilifi County. When my business grows I would want to run a workshop and train women on tailoring,” she says.

EVLYNE CHIDZUGWE – HEALTHY BAKES

Evlyneis a self-taught baker who is passionate about food. She founded Healthy Bakes, a home based business aimed at providing consumers with freshly prepared bakery, pastry products and educating people on healthy alternative at all times.

Evlyne’s healthy baking concept is built around usage of alternative baking ingredients such as millet flour, rice flour, amaranth flour, cassava flour, honey et cetera. Her yummy products are not only for gluten intolerant people and those on diets, but also customers who seek to venture into healthy eating.

“I am also in the process of making lactation cookies which am still perfecting the recipe,” she lets on.

ANZAZI KITI – TASTE AFRIQUE

Anzazi is the founder of Nairobi based Taste Afrique Ltd, a healthy food companythat manufactures and sells organic food seasoning products dubbed Chibundiro and Siri spices.

Three years now down the line since the business started, they are growing bit by bit but she has an even bigger vision for it. Anzazi wants to see her brands become Kenya’s leading natural food seasoning products and available in all households.

On her participation in the GSC2019, “I saw the vision in YEPIs program and that’s why I wanted to be part of this noble intervention. I hope to learn something that I’ve never learnt in my business journey so far,” she says.

LAVENDER OGADA – AFRICA TO MANUFACTURE (ATM)

Lavender is an Agriculture and Enterprise Development Graduate and co-founded ATM as a concept to bring affordable solution to small-holder cassava farmers often experiencing post-harvest losses and exploitation by middlemen.

She and her team aim to be market enablers for cassava farmers through decentralized agro-processed facilities thus killing two birds with one stone; adding value for end user’s benefit and offering better prices for farmers.

“We need capital to make our idea work and I saw this (read Governors Startup Challenge) as an opportunity to access an asset that will grow our business,” she quips.

SAID SHARIF – COBRA EVENT SEC.

Said is the founder of Cobra Event, an event security company that aims to recruit and train marginalized youth on conflict management, customer care, health, safety and physical intervention skills in order to create job opportunities.

With some experience having worked in the sector abroad, he thought that by training college-going as well as youth who never had a chance to pursue tertiary or higher education studies in event security it would empower them to eke out a living.

“The idea came when I was in the UK, and before I left my home in Kisauni (Mombasa County) there had been increasing cases of youth crime. Apparently idleness was cited as the root cause,” he narrates.

That’s what motivated the birth of Cobra Event Sec. To provide the youth in his community with part-time gigs.

MOSES MUNYAKA – AQUACULTURE

A 19 year-old student at Thika Training Institute, Moses’ entrepreneurial light bulb is to start a fish farming project in the sea areas of Jomvu in Mombasa County addressing the issues of sea waste management and boosting protein intake around the coastal communities.

Let’s face it, traditional fishing practices & techniques are simply no longer sustainable in the long run and this equals to danger in terms of sea-food security. Fish cage farming is the future of fisheries with the potential to boost food production and supply.

 “I believe lessons I’ll take from the Governors Startup Challenge program will be impactful in bettering my idea,” he says.

STEPHEN CALOO – MWANGAZA DAIMA MEDIA

Stephen is creative and passionate about youth matters. His digital media agency empowers young people through impactful storytelling by sharing content on issues affecting the youth and possible solutions via its Mwangaza Magazine.  

It all started in 2016 as a campus publication, but went on to rebrand outside university to accommodate a wider audience as well as to assume a more serious outlook in terms of content offering. It has since grown to also include a commercial wing providing branding services.

“Each one of us has a talent which they can use to develop themselves and others,” he advises.

RADHIA WANJIRU – MIND TO CANVAS

She is strong, is simply how you can describe Radhia. The 24 year-old almost got crushed by the jaws of depression, but this courageous and energetic young woman fought back and eventually founded Mind To Canvas.

Yes, Mind To Canvas because she’s a gifted artist and given her experiences, she chose to start a social enterprise that employs art to pass across social messages around mental health themes.

“At first I didn’t use to sell my (artwork), but my friends encouraged me to because they liked them,” she says.

“Though I realized most people don’t understand art and that’s why they don’t buy artwork. So I incorporated mental health messages to sell the idea that drawings (and paintings) are just as valuable as books. And now people are starting to buy.” 

Jina langu ni Cindy Lithimbi Ondego

Your Name and what do you do?

My name is Cindy Ondego, born Lithimbi. I’m married to a wonderful man, we have 2 beautiful daughters and I have the ultimate blessing of being called ‘mum’ about 1000 times a day.

I am also a business owner: MombasaWorks is a coworking, learning and event space that I opened in October 2018; and an international development practitioner. I was born in Mombasa, and it continues to be home to me and my family.

How did Founders come about?

When the idea for MombasaWorks first entered my mind, I parked it for a long time because I just didn’t’ see myself as a business owner or entrepreneur. But I got a lot of inspiration from Guy Raz’s podcast ‘How I Built This’ – a US-based entrepreneurship podcast. The show is full of raw, real-life accounts of how ordinary people have built wildly successful companies. But it’s a US-based podcast; and I struggled to find local content that also celebrated the entire journey, recognizing achievements and success, but also unpacking the failures, personal sacrifices, breaking points etc. That’s how the idea for Founders came about.

I also really wanted to create a platform for Coast-based entrepreneurs to share their story, to demonstrate that Mombasa is working, and there is an entrepreneurship and innovation space here.

Naturally, it has sort of become our flagship event series as MombasaWorks.

Has Founders been helpful to the attendees?

Yes! You get to hear the unscripted, real and detailed stories from a founder who is either from this region, or whose business has a presence in this region. So it’s like vicariously living through someone else’s experiences that are probably not far from your own. It’s essentially a huge learning opportunity without any risk.

We’re really honoured and blessed to have had guests who are generous with sharing their experiences – so nothing is off the table in terms of discussion: we’ve discussed everything from racism and the politics of venture capital fundraising, painful exits and contracts gone sour, work/life balance, and really major fails. The series provide a risk-free learning opportunity, and meets people where they need it most, wherever they are along the entrepreneurship journey.

It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people living and working in/around Mombasa, in a relaxed environment. I’ve had two people tell me that they started their ventures after being inspired by the stories from founders. I didn’t expect that so was really pleased to hear that!

I’ll add, I don’t think there is one path to being a successful entrepreneur. Nor one ‘model’ of a successful entrepreneur (in terms of background, education, race or class). I’ve seen that in the guests we’ve had (and will soon have) on Founders. This diversity in entrepreneurship makes it really quite exciting as well as accessible for people.

What is your vision for Founders?

To see Founders reach more people: so for the discussion to be available in different medium. And for Founders to be a vehicle through which we can demonstrate the vibrancy of the local ecosystem, to ultimately spur more local development through more local/community-level investment. 

Are you planning to have creatives like photographer, content creaters etc. to share their stories?

Definitely! I think the journey of a creative entrepreneur is so rich in lessons particularly because we have a relatively nascent creative economy so hurdles are bigger and the potential for learning that much bigger as well.

Can you give us an insight to what topic will be covered?

All Founders typically follow the same format, one founder and one moderator having a frank discussion about the former’s journey building an organization. So, the conversation is broad, but generally covers a founder’s early years, origins and motivations, experiences raising capital, and insights into entrepreneurship and Mombasa’s economy in respect to the certain industry in question.

But the rest of the conversation is entirely led by the audience and their questions. Some events have focused a lot on raising venture capital, others on the business model and operations, some on entrepreneurship and family life and values.

We summarize all events on our blog so one can get an idea of previous conversations there (www.mombasaworks.com/blog).

Where do you see Founders in the next 10 years?

In numerous MombasaWorks locations across the Coast region, through different mediums, telling stories of founders and spreading the values of curiosity, humility, kindness and diversity in business.

Parting Shot

Ask lots of questions, always, of everyone. But especially of yourself.

Mombasa Photographers & Videographers

As we create more memories and enjoy our holidays, and celebrations and milestones, most people are finding a way to capture these moments. They can either hire a photographer or videographer or both to capture the smiles, the cries and the joyous occasions. In Mombasa, hiring a photographer and videographer for your wedding, for birthdays, events and etc. has become popular.  More people are capturing these moments, and as the demand increases so are photographers and videographers.

But as days goes by, you can find about them through friends or social media. Life in Mombasa has curated a list of photographers and videographers from Mombasa who specialize in the different genres of photography and videography.

NB: This list will be updated regularly.

Photographers/Videographers Artist: To be added to this list send an email with our Name, contact, specialty and Social Media account to Jamila@lifeinMombasa.com

Photographers:

  • Name: Shira Washira
  • Specialty: Wedding (Destination) & Portraits Photographer
  • Contact: 0772105150
  • Social Media: klensed & sozoed
  • Name: Johnah Kariuki
  • Specialty: All kinds of photography & Videography
  • Contact: 0722318536 | 0734318536
  • Social Media: laughtersphotography
  • Name: Sifa Dena – Sayari Photography
  • Specialty: Documentary and Lifestyle Photography
  • Contact: 0787080870 / 0707254044
  • Social Media: sayariphotography_
  • Name: Perlexy Photography
  • Specialty: All round Photographer
  • Contact: 0723778112
  • Email: Photography@perlexy.co.ke
  • Social Media: PerlexyPhotography
  • Name: Jose Macharia
  • Contact: 0712386580
  • Specialty: Fine art, Lifestyle, Wildlife, Photojournalism, Portraits, Fashion, Events and travel photography.
  • Social Media:  JoseMacharia
  • Name: Boaz Muoga
  • Contact: 0724701510
  • Specialty: Corporate events, Private Events & Travels/Tours
  • Social Media: Boaz Fob Photography
  • Name: Ian Kafuna
  • Contact: 0701389204
  • kafuna@silverklique.com
  • Specialty: Portrait | Corporate functions | Weddings
  • Social Media:  Silver Klique
  • Name: Joshua Muya
  • Contact: 0714585784
  • Specialty: Documentary & Fashion
  • Social Media: Maquss Photography
  • Name: Hamid Al-Timami
  • Contact: 0722277777
  • Specialty: Portraits, Weddings, Wildlife, Properties, Landscape Photographer
  • Social Media: Hamidslens
  • Name: Kelvin Kariithi
  • Contact: 0719 368 644
  • Specialty: Commercial & Documentary Photographer
  • Social Media: klenses
  • Website www.klenses.co.ke
  • Name: Kibwana Abdul (Baba_Esha Photography)
  • Contact: 0703749100 / 0753009957
  • Specialty: Portrait
  • Social Media: Baba_Esha Photography
  • Name: Collins want onto
  • Contact: 0704711948
  • Specialty: Wedding/parties
  • Social Media: msonopics
  • Name:  Said Abdillah Said
  • Contact: 0716750063
  • Specialty: Creative Commercial Advertising Photography for Products, Packs, Jewellery, Foods, Liquids and any kind of advertising photography requested by clients. We also do Portraits through special requests.
  • Email: said@scofield.media
  • Social Media: scofieldmedia
  • Website: http://scofield.media
  • Name: Don Makameleon Photography.
  • Contact: 0703692026 / 0780692026
  • Specialty: Events, portrait and product photography.
  • Social Media: Don Makameleon Photography
  • Name: Raphael (rafaelo Mkenya)
  • Contact: 0724486235
  • Specialty: Wedding and Portraits
  • Social Media: Rafaelo Pixels
  • Name: Swabir Fuad
  • Contact: 0704426767 / royalartsofficial@gmail.com
  • Specialty: Portrait, Fashion and Lifestyle photographer.
  • Social Media: Official Royal Arts
  • Name: Kipchirchir Felix- Lovelace Entertainment Ke
  • Contact: 0708140200
  • campinlovelace@gmail.com
  • Specialty: All round photo/videographer
  • Social Media: Lovelace Entertainment Ke
  • Name: Tobias Musyoka
  • Contact: 0700336620 / 0729897305
  • Specialty: Portraits, Fashion,  Events,  Wedding, interior and Drone coverage
  • Social Media: tobbylineclicks
  • Name: Dennis ndegwa
  • Contact: 0728917320
  • Specialty: Portraits, Wedding, Products And Portable Studio Photography.
  • Social Media: andefa_films

Female Photographers:

  • Name: Leyla Shelly
  • Contact: 0799962390 / 0772946824
  • Specialty: Birthday events, Weddings, Corporates, Kitchen parties, Maulid, Burials, Events etc. Video coverages
  • Social Media: LeylaGphotography
  • Name:  Rosebell Owiti aka BelaBela.
  • Contact: 0721895987.
  • Specialty: Lifestyle, Fine Art and Portrait Photographer.
  • Social Media: artsy_ belabela
  • Name: Patty Pamela
  • Contact: 0721976727
  • Specialty: Weddings, Engagements, Family, New born, Maternity, Corporate
  • Social Media: pattieparriephotography
  • Name:  Maryam Nassir
  • Contact: 0715685434 / 0732822821
  • Specialty: Wedding, Birthday, anniversaries, seminars Videography & photography. Hiring PA system and stage decorations.
  • Social Media: Maryam nassir production
  • Name: S.KreationZ photographers
  • Contact: 0738407236 | 0723846662
  • s.kreationz@hotmail.com
  • Specialty: Wedding, Party, Corporate Evenst
  • Social Media: S.KreationZ photographers
  • Name:  Ummul Baneen Jaffer
  • Contact: 0708999730
  • Specialty: Wedding, Portrait, Family, Engagement and Birthdays
  • Social Media: Ubclix

Videographers:

  • Name: xtreme photograph254 & video production
  • Contact: 0708385223
  • Specialty:  photography and videography
  • Social Media: xtreme photograph254
  • Name: Miale Concepts Ltd
  • Contact: 0723432291/0723901574
  • Specialty: PR, Videography, Photography & Documentaries
  • Social Media: Miale Concepts
  • Name: Patricky Protich Lan – Plan Media
  • Contact: 0724895177
  • lanpatricky@gmail.com
  • Specialty: All round Videographer and Photographer.
  • Social Media: Plan Media

The Governors Startup Challenge by YEPI

The Governors Startup Challenge (GSC) is one of the program menus served up by the Mombasa based Youth Empowerment Program Initiative, popularly known by its acronym YEPI.

YEPI is a non-profit and youth led organization primarily existing to empower young people from the coastal region as it seeks to address the sticking challenges of unemployment, poverty and violent extremism.

Through its GSC component whose 2019 edition (the 2nd edition of GSC program) is currently underway, YEPI seeks to stimulate and promote youth led businesses that impact positively on the society. It brings together 10 select young and aspiring entrepreneurs to compete in designing and developing new entrepreneurial solutions to community challenges.

For instance this year’s 10 finalists were sieved from a very competitive three month’s identification process that saw over 130 applicants from over 9 counties across Kenya express interest. So in other words, the 10 are the big deal as far as promising, sustainable community centered entrepreneurships are concerned.

The collective profile of this year’s finalists in terms of their industry, county and gender representation is as dynamic as they come. The peak of the GSC is the Boot Camp (on-going currently), a week-long, residential knowledge transfer activity focusing on a business development regime in the ways of entrepreneurship and innovation, peer to peer learning, networking, collaborative sessions, discussions and mentoring.

The C in GSC stands for Challenge, the boot camp usually culminates in a pitching competition where each finalist puts their best foot forward to make a case for why their businesses or ideas are worth investing in. The winning pitch(es) receive an equity funding prize award.

The boot camp sessions and its business development thought and literature content.  It’s an open secret that many entrepreneurships collapse before they even begin due to a mix of capacity and focus. And so participants are guided through design driven startups, business modeling, smart financing options available for entrepreneurships et cetera.

The heart of the GSC component as one of YEPI’s anchor programs is the concept of social entrepreneurship, such is that leadership, integrity and ethics also feature heavily on the in-class and mentorship experience.

The GSC program goes beyond the boot camp.  For instance, after the camp each entrepreneur is matched with a seasoned mentor to guide them in their business journey and issues they face in their own communities.

The Governors Startup Challenge is not affiliated with any political leaders or entities. The objective is, when young people are equipped with the right skills and knowledge then they’re able to govern their businesses well.

Mombasa Heena Artists

Heena has become part of Mombasa culture, most cultures have embraced the different designs and patterns that originate from different parts of the world. You will find beauty schools and individual teach heena application classes at reasonable prices. In a previous blog we wrote about the beauty of Heena.

There is always a reason for women to look for heena artists in Mombasa, be it a wedding, Eid celebration and just to adorn their hands with beautiful heena patterns.  The demand is always there, with different artists in Mombasa sometimes it is difficult to find one who fits the patterns you are looking for.  Life in Mombasa has curated a list of Heena artists in Mombasa. The below are different artists that offer different types of Heena application, click on their social media to see their work.

NB: This list will be updated regularly. 

Heena Artist: To be added to this list send an email with our Name, contact and Social Media account to Jamila@lifeinMombasa.com

  • Name:  Umema Aunali
  • Contact: 0 724841762
  • Social Media: umzmehndi
  • Name:  Thureiya Abdallah
  • Contact: :0725297561
  • Social Media: Thureiya_heena
  • Name:  Nush Hamid
  • Contact: 0721286787
  • Social Media: Nush Hamid
  • Name:  Arwa Khuzeima
  • Contact: 0719116059
  • Social Media: heena.By.Arwa
  • Name:  Farida Hussein Swaleh
  • Contact: 0790856426
  • Social Media: eeyder__
  • Name:  Sakina Aslam
  • Contact:  0710955786
  • Social Media: sakina_ariff
  • Name:  Hanaa Noorani
  • Contact: 0733955757
  • Social Media: hanaanoorani
  • Name:  Umaima Rajbhai,
  • Contact: 0710410913
  • Social Media: umaima_badri
  • Name: Noorbanu Varvani
  • Contact: 0734334477
  • Social Media: noorbanu97
  • Name: Sarah Murtaza
  • Contact: 0722483067
  • Social Media:  sarrah_005