Author - Jammy

Mombasa Streets Arts 001- Covid-19 Awareness Edition

Art is one of the greatest ways to send a message, art is a voice for the voiceless. Through various art channels such as music, painting, poetry, photography and etc., you can convey a message, tell a story and create a voice. The message can be interpreted by anyone and used to sensitize people. During this period of Covid-19 pandemic, many artists have used their talents to sensitize people about the precautionary measures that have been set by WHO. Through photography, graphics, videos, music and etc., artist are creating exceptional pieces to express the effects of the pandemic and how to mitigate the spread of the Corona Virus.

In Mombasa, a group of Street Art artists joined hands to create exceptional art during the Covid-19 global pandemic in support of County Government of Mombasa, Tourism unit from the Department of Trade, Tourism & Investment. The art visuals were designed to create awareness on precautionary measures, celebrate leadership and thank health officials for their dedication. The graffiti art was done at Buxton Housings, Coast Provincial General hospital wall and Star of the Sea School wall. The artist worked tirelessly to produce the work, each person contributing a skill and talent to complete the graffiti art.

Artist Profiles:

Teddy Tunje


AGE: 28 Years.

AREA FROM: Kisauni Barsheba, Mombasa.


I started drawing as a kid, he would draw on walls using charcoal. After high School he furthered his talent by joining the technical University of Mombasa where he studied a Diploma in Graphic Design and Fine Art.


Yes, below are some of the projects he has done;

  • Transparent International
  • Action Aid
  • Hivos
  • Dream Achievers youth organization
  • Lengo
  • Dankies Art Design
  • Mombasa Rock Festival [Mombasa County]


Teddy draws his Inspiration from different Artists both locally and internationally. He went ahead and mentioned a few of the Artists.

Locally- From his Father who was also an Artist

  • Uhuru B 
  • Bank slaves
  • Dankies Art and many others

Internationally –

  • Does from Netherlands
  • Mad see From Germany
  • Tona 1 of Ghetto Pimps from Germany
  • Ewalk from USA and many others.


According to Teddy this project brought him Positive vibes because he was doing and using his talents to give back to the Public by creating awareness of the Virus through Art. Sharing his experience and his Art with the world has been a marvelous experience and the positive feedback they have been getting from the society has been so overwhelming to him.

Last but not least working on such a project with County Government of Mombasa Tourism Unit was a dream come true and he hopes to work on many other projects in the future.


  • Facebook – Shakes Graffiti
  • Instagram –Shakes Graffiti
  • Email Address –
  • Mobile Number – 0711869772

Tito Onodera


AGE: 43

AREA FROM: Bamburi Vescon Estate, Mombasa.


According to Tito he was born with the pencil. He started drawing as a kid and he was always in trouble for messing his exercise books. After High School he studied at Creative Arts Nairobi where he acquired a Certificate of Arts. He was further Motivated by his wife who shared same interest in Arts and Graffiti.


Tito has done a couple of Murals in different shops in the Old town area. He is Diverse he also does T-shirts Arts. He designs and Crafts scriptures from Recycle products.


Tito has done a couple of projects as mentioned below;

  • Aga Khan Academy (On street Kids Project)
  • Vipingo Ridge (Private Residential)
  • Nyali 10th Street behind Shoprite


Tito draws his Inspiration from different Artist both locally and internationally as mentioned;


  • His late father
  • Anne Gashoki (his wife who is also an Artist)
  • Patrick Mukabi (his Mentor)

International – Michael Angelou, Leonard Davinci and many others.


It was an awesome Experience and the Positive Feedback they have been getting from the Public for their Art by creating Covid-19 awareness has been so fulfilling.

Also he was happy and Grateful for working with the different young Talents and he hopes that this project will Inspire many young and Upcoming Artists to do their best and use their Talents  to give back to the society.


  • Social Media: Facebook –Tito Onodera
  •  Mobile Number: 0722754901

 Shee Ahmed Shee

ARTIST NAME: Shizemonize

AGE: 30

AREA FROM:  Mombasa – Original Rasini/faza


I started from class four, I worked on doing artistic products with milk cartons, containers and continued learning more. I always looked for ways to teach myself and improve my talent.


Since I was 18, I would work on artistic projects. I would find small jobs and work on them.


No one specific, but I draw inspirations from different people.


The experience opened my mind. I was able to think in complex way and gave me great experience.


  • Facebook – shee hamad
  • Instagram – sheehamad6
  • Mobile Number – 0703319493

Mchulla Omar Mchulla

ARTIST NAME: Mchulla Arts


AREA FROM: Mombasa-Pate Island


Since I was young (1995) I would create art on books and cloths using my artistic talent. I started earning in 20001 from my art. Throughout my journey I would teach myself artistic designs and other skills so I can earn from it.


I worked on an awareness campaign against drugs in Lamu, we were commissioned to raise awareness against drugs through art. In addition, I have worked on car details, shops, boutiques and house design décor.


I draw my inspiration from Kantu from Germany, his graffiti work inspires me to work harder and to think outside the box. It motivates me.


I appreciate the idea and the opportunity to work with a team, in addition it opened my mind on my artistic talent. It helped me overcome some fears I had, I am usually scared to draw bigger design but this made me overcome my fear and I had the courage to go up and design.


  • Facebook – Mchulla momlee
  • Instagram –  Mchulla Arts
  • Email Address –
  • Mobile Number – 0723339012

Mohamed Sudi



AREA FROM: Barsheba


I started in school, I will draw and then I went ahead to volunteer at Kisauni polytechnic. After that, I took a course in painting and then I continued to teach myself artistic designs. I used my art to create different designs from the course experience.


Since 2015, I have been designing. I have worked with many other organizations to create awareness for different causes including in Mombasa county and Kwale county. I have worked with:

  • Transparent International
  • Action Aid
  • Hivos
  • Dream Achievers youth organization
  • Lengo
  • Dankies Art Design
  • •Mombasa Rock Festival [Mombasa County]


I get inspired when I see other people working, their progress on projects that builds community. When I see determination from others, I get motivated to work harder and get inspired to create art that will assist the community.


This experience gave me confidence. I experienced a different project that pushed me to the limit, for example I have never done a huge wall and this was my first experience. In addition, I got to work with different people to form a team which showed team work and resilience.


  • Facebook – Moha freeman
  • Instagram – moha_freeman
  • Email Address –
  • Mobile Number – 0726968985

Arnold Mgharo

Artist Name: Nuru bahati

Age: 37

Area from: Mombasa | Ganjoni

How did you start your art journey?

I was inspired by comic strips in the newspaper dailies and watching cartoons then in the Year 1990-1997 School Sacred heart Primary school in Mombasa I took Art and Craft as a subject, in high school I Studied

Art and Design Year1998-2001 Sacred heart Secondary school in Mombasa. I later enrolled in college B.I.F.A Buru Buru Institute of Fine in Nairobi at Buru Buru phrase 3 Studied Drawing and Painting Diploma Year 2003-2005. Further persuade graphic design in Area Graphics College in Nairobi Studied Graphic Design Software’s Certificate Year 2012.

How long have you been doing this art?

I’ve been going art since 2005 professionally

Do you have experience from other projects?

Yes, I’ve experience from other projects like W.A.P.I words and pictures art from that was held in Nairobi every third Saturday of the month from 9am-5pm. And Paa Ya Paa art gallery in Nairobi, Ridgways off kiambu road.

Who inspires you?

God inspires me and any artist who puts more than 10,000 hours in their craft.

Your experience in this Covid-19 Awareness campaign?

My experience in the this Covid-19 Awareness campaign is that art is a spiritual voice to humanity that uplifts the people and love speaks life to everyone.

Contact Details

  • Facebook –  Nuru bahati
  • Instagram – Nuru bahati
  • Twitter– Nuru bahati
  • Email Address –
  • Mobile Number –+254 721 267 239

Final Project in Pictures

Jina Langu ni Charles Msilanga

Your Name and what do you do?

My Name is Charles Msilanga. I am a Corporate Trainer, Inspirational Speaker and Public Speaking Coach. I run an organization called Personal and Corporate Development Company which trains individuals and companies on Public Speaking, leadership development and also team building services for corporates. I am also a youth leader and serves in the board of directors of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mombasa Chapter and also a director of a youth led initiative called Youth Empowerment Program Initiative based in Mombasa, Kenya.

What are the benefits of Public Speaking?

There are many benefits of public speaking in our lives and I would wish to state that one of the primary benefit of public speaking is Personal Advancement…Anyone who is great and better at Public speaking is able to make people believe in them, invest in them and even partner in them as well. You see, someone might have an extraordinary idea that can transform people’s lives but if they are unable to communicate it to people to partner with it, then that Idea may never manifest to fruition. You see, I have a saying that states,” Public Speaking is the currency of leadership” Probably, that is the reason as to why majority of our leaders are great speakers and can communicate their ideas with ease and conviction.

How long will it take someone to become a good speaker?

Well, Public speaking is an art. The more you practice it, the more you become better at it. Therefore, from experience in coaching individuals, I can state that depending on the enthusiasm of an individual and even personality, one can learn and become a good speaker through our coaching sessions within a period of 4 weeks. However, there are some extremes where we may take more than 4 weeks to learn which we still provide coaching and ensure our clients come through and feel and experience a difference as we coach them.

Tell us about your journey at Watson Institute?

Well, Watson institute was a great opportunity which I am always grateful to God for. I attended Watson institute for a 4 month business incubator program on social entrepreneurship where I learned how to develop a social enterprise and use it to become a change maker in my community. At Watson, I was able to learn further on how to become efficient in my journey to help individuals in my community and the world at large through my passion and purpose for life. This was an exciting journey and an interesting experience which I hope most youth of Mombasa and even Kenya at large apply to participate into and contribute in transforming their community through the lessons and knowledge gained there. I am willing and open to support and help my fellow youth get accepted at the institute by recommending them to the institution. Anyone who would like to take part can write to me.

With all your career commitment, how do you manage your time?

Well, Priorities. I can say that I operate on plan and a routine. I operate on the believe that if I do not value time, then I do not value myself. Therefore, to me, time is value. I operate on a to-do list which I plan on what I do on a daily basis, weekly basis and even monthly basis. I must admit, however that sometimes the pressure can be too much but it does not mean that I get drifted or shifted from the main goal of achieving and implementing my to-do list assignments. This has helped me a lot and recently, I have been using google calendar which really remind me on my schedules, assignments, meetings and deadlines as well.

Share with us an example of how you helped coach or mentor someone. What improvements did you see in the person’s knowledge or skills?

I have had an opportunity to coach and mentor different individuals and of different ages. From students to corporate leaders and political leaders. Through my engagements with them, I have seen tremendous improvements in their growth in terms of personal development and communication. I have, by God’s grace seen individuals who I have coached to be transformed and gain clarity in their life purpose, confidence in their life journey and improvements in their personal brands. I have also managed to witness individuals discover themselves grow in living better lives by making better choices for their lives as well. I have also grown from just being a coach but also a lifetime accountability partner as well.

Today, a lot of youth lack mentorship and mentors, how can we as sisters, brothers and family be mentors for our youth?

I believe we can be the best mentors by showing and being the better and great example. Every young person desires a great association with an individual who is growing, progressing and developing as this is the equal desire of every youth. By this, I do not mean thriving in wealth and money but thriving in purpose. You see, anyone who is living in line with their purpose breeds attraction. This attraction includes the young people who will like and admire the status and progress of your life and thus seek mentorship from you. In addition, those who are mentoring the youth need to also have and invest enough time to the youth as mentorship is an investment through wisdom and time and thus always need to have our time and willingness available to our youth as well.

What are the best ways a youth can find resources to improve themselves, in terms of training, seed funding opportunities and career development courses?

Well, there are many opportunities which youth can access for learning, funding, career and personal development. I recommend Young African Leaders Initiative Program, Youth Empowerment Program Initiative Programs, In addition, there is an online website which youth can check it out for opportunities and funding which are usually advertised for young people to apply and grow from and the link is

 Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

In the next 10 years, I see myself serving the whole world by mentoring, training and coaching people. In addition, I look forward having presence for our organization in different cities in Africa and beyond and also hosting talk shows which will be inspiring generations and the world at large through discussions on purpose, potential and personal development at large. I see myself living my purpose to the fullest and maximizing my potential to serve the people of the world.

 Parting Shot

My parting shot will be from the words of Rumi which I really profess to: ‘’WHAT YOU SEEK, IS SEEKING YOU”

Jina langu ni Manaal Jamal

Your name and what do you do?

Manaal Jamal (Manaals Mikyaj) I am a professional makeup artist.

How long have you been a makeup artist and how did you get your start in the industry?

I have been a makeup artist for 4years. I was based in Nairobi at first, I had just left the banking industry looking to go into something that was of interest to me. A friend had recommended that I should take up classes and see where it takes me, since I had a lot of interest in the beauty industry on social media. So I started classes with Muthino Njoba, who was then the brand ambassador for Maybelline Kenya, she also had a contract with k24 TV. Seven or so classes in, an opportunity opened up for me to start working on the lunch time shift at K24. This was my stepping stone into becoming a makeup artist, as well as marketing myself to outsiders through social media and word of mouth.

What are the biggest challenges makeup artists have to face?

One of the biggest challenges I face just from moving to Mombasa from Nairobi is the amount people are willing to pay you for your service. As a makeup artist people tend to overlook your skill, the quality of the products you will use and your time.

Secondly the amount of makeup artists and upcoming artists we have today keeps increasing. The makeup industry is booming and it’s seems like everyone is aspiring to be an MUA. So competition is high. Marketing yourself adequately and believing that we can all have a piece of the pie and support each other since our sustenance comes from God, makes it less if challenge of you look at it in the aspect.

If a customer asked you what’s the most suitable foundation tone for them, how would you help?

Many factors matter from brands to their price range and what coverage they are looking for. If I do have past experience with a certain brand they want I definitely can recommend something for them or if they don’t have any specific brand I tend to recommend what I use on them during their makeup session. You should only give feedback based on past experience with a product.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I don’t specifically have one artist but I love following various makeup artists from different parts of the world, as each region has its own kind of makeup application. From the states to Nigeria to the middle East, everyone’s technique is different and that is the beauty of the make-up industry.

There is so many MUA in Mombasa, how do you stand out?

I believe you each have your own target market. Your own brand. The way you bring it forth and market yourself is what matters. From relocating from Nairobi, and settling in Mombasa, shortly after giving birth, I am still trying to put my name out there as much as I can. Starting from scratch again is never an easy road.

Recall a time you had to face a frustrated customer who wasn’t satisfied with the hair or makeup services you provided. How did you handle it?

I believe customer is King. So I like to leave my customers satisfied. I always ask once I’m done if there is anything they would like me to change. If a customer is frustrated I make sure to do all I can to provide them with what they wanted and leave them satisfied.

What three makeup item should no woman leave home without?

 Depends on what you are used to as an individual.  Definitely lipstick and powder for touch up.

Where do see yourself 10 years from now

With the will of God, constantly growing my makeup skills/name and having my own makeup workshop where I also teach makeup to the next upcoming generation of artists.

Parting shot

Each makeup artist has their own unique way and skill of applying makeup. And each client has their own preference as to what look they want. Supporting each other is all that matters at the end of the day , as not only one person can do the job, there is a piece of the pie for everyone.

Mombasa Historic Bank: Absa Bank

Growing up in Mombasa, I remember one of the banks I would go with my aunt was Barclays Bank on Digo Road. I would be fascinated by the tellers, and people transacting. It was my first encounter with banking systems. It was one of the few banks in Mombasa. The building was iconic. It was one of the banks people encountered with including the one in Nkrumah. The Nkrumah road branch was the first branch in Kenya, they opened in 1916, which became the springboard of their presence in the coast region.

After Over 100 years in Kenya, Barclays bank transitions to Absa Bank with officially launching in Mombasa on 26th February 2020 at Fort Jesus. The Launch was to introduce the new brand, and the redefined products and service with the new transition. They hope to combine the best of their century-long experience in Kenya, with new cutting-edge technologies, innovative products and a vibrant new brand to continue connecting the dreams and aspirations of the Kenyan people to the financial resources needed to accomplish them.

Some of the development progress include:

  • SME proposition to include unsecured loans of up to KES10 million; LPO financing and invoice discounting of up to KES50 million.       
  • Kenya’s first vertical credit and debit cards which offer customers increased convenience and a wide range of benefits including cashback rewards and discounts in shopping outlets across the world.
  • Redefined mortgage offering to include 100% financing, with the most competitive rate in the market of 11.75%
  • Enhanced Timiza, virtual banking proposition, to encourage a savings culture with the best rate in the market.

As they enter a new era they bring new energy and the vibrancy with the new Absa brand, they hope to achieve many more for the existing customer and new potential customers. Their objective is to a holistic financial services provider with a wide range of products including insurance, asset management, investment, virtual banking. Customers can expect to experience a more forward-looking, digitally led bank that is committed to offering world class service.

Customer Service contacts:





Facebook: Absa Bank Kenya

Twitter: @AbsaKenya

Instagram: @absakenya

Sights and Sounds from the Launch:

Let’s Eat Mombasa: New Island Dishes

Mombasa is known for scrumptious and delicious food, people come from all over to try the tasty coastal savory dishes. Coastal cuisine is a combination of different culture’s cuisines, it showcases the integration of cultures in Mombasa. You will get food cooked in coconut milk, other deep fried and nothing beats grilled seafood. Mouthwatering and scrumptious cuisine from the coast is unique and different. 

One of the restaurants in Mombasa offering local coastal cuisine is New Island Dishes located inside Fort Jesus. The first opened in 2014 near Makadara and  moved to inside Fort Jesus in June 2019. They have flexible opening hours, from 7 a.m. to serve you amazing breakfast to 10 p.m.or late for dinner. There is always 6 serves to serve customers with delicious food from the diverse menu. 

The Menu

One of the beautiful elements of the restaurant is the ambiance, since it’s located inside Fort Jesus the interior is natural and the stone walls gives it an historic feeling. The historic surrounding and coastal cuisine will take you back in time to experience history and create memories for you. In addition, the decor of the restaurant is unique and different. Also, the location is ideal after a long tour of Fort Jesus, you can just enter the restaurant and have your meal without walking around looking for a place to eat. Once you have eaten, their form of payments include Cash, Mpesa, and Debit/Credit card depending on your preference. They offer free delivery for orders above 1000 kshs, In addition, they offer catering services for weddings, meetings, parties and etc.  So next time you are near Fort Jesus, visit New Island Dishes and enjoy Swahili and coastal Cuisine. 

For Reservation:

call: 0711-122-221

Instagram : New Island Dishes

Souvenirs heaven: Habari Boutique

When you travel, one of the key activities is shopping for souvenirs. You look for the city branded merchandise to remind you of the memories you created and also to give back as gifts to family members and friends. It’s always the mugs, fridge magnets, bags and T-shirts that are the most popular purchase. The sentiment value makes it ideal for gifting, and also some people like collecting a certain item as a way of showcasing their travels. Some like fridge magnets, where they show each city they have been and others T-shirts. There is no doubt that souvenir are popular in every city and are sold in different shops and vendors at affordable prices. It gives people a sense of belonging.

Mombasa being a destination city, many tourists visit the city to enjoy the beach, learn about the historic background and study the vibrant diverse culture. Therefore, souvenir is popular and reflect on Kenya’s heritage and Mombasa way of life to visitors. There so many shops, vendors and market dedicated to selling Mombasa and Kenya branded souvenirs and merchandise. One of the oldest in the city, is Habari Boutique. Located on Biashara Street, Habari Boutique opened its door in 1980 with the 3rd generation currently managing the store making it one of the historic shops that is still in business. For the last 40 years they have been sourcing and selling various items that reflect Kenya and Mombasa. They open from 9:30am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday to allow different people to purchase from their variety of products. On Saturday they close for lunch and open at 3pm to 5 30pm, and close on Sunday’s and public holidays.

In their shop you will find different items for yourself or to gift someone, from T-shirts all sizes, Ladies tussle tops, Ladies cap sleeve tops, and Kenya rugby T-shirts (not official jersey). Including beautiful Copper clocks that shaped like the map of Africa and Kenya, and also Gongs (tusks) made of copper. Also if you want to gift Mugs, Shot glasses with the Kenyan flag or picture of fort Jesus you will find one in different designs.  For those who love Fridge magnets, you will see variety of magnets that showcase Kenya culture, conservation campaigns and the Big Five. There is also pieces for home decorates like cultural Bronze cast figures, wildlife Clay cast figures and various wooden figures. In addition, Paintings for homes and offices of wildlife and Kenyan Cultures. And if you are into Semi precious stones jewelry, Habari boutique is the place to visit. The beautiful necklaces in different stones that match every skin tone.  Other items available for purchase include, Pen holders, Stickers, Safari hats, Caps, Flags and Beaded bracelets (adding more countries). And of course African Shirts and African dresses.

With emerging trends, they ship locally and internationally with shipping charges excluded in the price. All the products are priced between 100 kshs to kshs 40,000, they accept cash and Mpesa through Till number 671007 as forms of payments. So if want something customized, or gift for your loved ones abroad or just being patriotic Habari boutique is your place to visit for your purchase.

Social Media:

Instagram – @habariboutique

Contact Number:  0702727135

Let’s Eat Mombasa: Nahlaans BBQ

Barbecue joints at night has become popular in Mombasa, every street you will find one or two vendors selling Mshikaki, chips and other barbecue menu.  Each vendor has different and unique specialty that people go for. Due to the affordability of menu, most people go with the families and friends and enjoy the night with grilled Mshikaki, tikkas and grilled seafood. It is more enjoyable because people seat outside under the night sky with cool night breeze.

One of the new places to open up recently is Nahlaans BBQ, located on Fidel Odinga road after Ratna Square opposite Texas Alarm building. With beautiful calming ambiance, they opened its door on the 20th November 2018 to offer all types of barbecue from tikka, kebabs, mshikaki, chooza and all other barbecue. Being new in Mombasa, they specialize in creating exquisite taste for customers to assure they keep coming back. They want people to remember the different cuisines offered through their spicy and scrumptious grilled menus.   Nahlaan BBQ operates with more 7 staffs, they usually open between 6 pm to 11 pm to serve you with tasty and delicious meals for dinner for those days you don’t feel like cooking.  The restaurant is open Tuesday through Sunday, closed on Mondays.  Form of payment include cash and Mpesa. They also offer delivery in Nyali free of charge (T & C apply) and kshs 200 to town. There different combos to choose from as well, with fresh juices and sides such as masala chips, periperi chips and etc.

As the days goes by they hope to open more branches in town to cater to town customers. Their scrumptious lamb chops is their specialty, it is the most popular in their menu. They recently introduced dynamite prawns, for those sea food lovers, this tangy, spicy prawns cooked in sauce is great for your taste buds. The spicy sauce and combination of prawns will melt in your mouth, giving you tingly feeling.

So next time you are in Nyali, visit them and order their specialty, take your family and friends for scrumptious meal. Find their menu below for menus items and prices:

For reservation call: 0720893666

Social Media:

Facebook: Nahlaans Barbeque

Instagram: @Nahlaansbbq

Jina langu ni Mohamed Gharib Mazrui

Who are you and what do you do?

Jina langu ni Mohamed Gharib Mazrui, I grew up in Mombasa. I am married and a father of two.  I am a self-employed data consultant and an entrepreneur currently based in Nairobi. I am passionate about technology and leadership. I love books (non-fiction only), motorbikes and I would not miss an opportunity to mention that I love TEA.

Tell us about your Entrepreneurship journey?

In 2012, while working as an ERP consultant in Nairobi, Hassan, a good friend of mine came up with a business idea ( – a recruitment website) that required funding. We decided to raise money within friends to set up the technology. We pitched the idea to potential funders when we were incubated at GrowthAfrica. While the incubation really helped us shape our business model, we were not lucky enough to get funding. We decided to continue bootstrapping until we got our first customers.

Late 2015, getting into self-employment I started doing some data consultancy work while running Since then I have been working on short term consultancy projects while trying to grow our recruitment business. I cannot say we are where we ought to be, but the journey continues.

Along my entrepreneurship journey, I have been lucky to partner with Athman from 1000 Alternatives an impact investment fund to identify businesses that are ripe for investment. Through the first Pwani Innovation Week at SwahiliPot hub, we identified 10 startups. The top two received seed capital and all the entrepreneurs received training (incubation) to help them grow their business and refine their ideas in order to scale. We have just launched another startup competition (#ImpactReimagined) in Kigali, Rwanda this year. It has been interesting working with startups.

What is the number one resource the youth lack in terms of self-employment?

The youth need skills that would enable them to become successful entrepreneurs. Having worked closely with Amani and his team at Youth Enterprise Program Initiative (YEPI) over the last year, I have had the opportunity to witness first-hand how equipping youth with the required knowledge is sharpening their entrepreneurship approach. While lack of capital has always been cited as an impediment into self-employment, it is encouraging to note that a number of youth have creatively overcome this “barrier” and have successfully setup interesting ventures.

What are the skills it takes to be a successful entrepreneur?

One needs to learn the key business skills in order to understand the basics of running a business. In addition to business skills one needs to nurture and develop soft-skills like presentation skills and networking that will enable you to thrive as an entrepreneur. You also need perseverance above all else (lots of perseverance). Entrepreneurship is not easy, sometimes things just don’t work.

If you had 10,000 kshs what kind of startup can you start?

I would use 500Ksh to attend the YEPI Entrepreneurship Training cohort sessions that take place at the MEWA Library every month. I would then do a small survey to understand what business opportunities are present near me. The survey will inform me what kind of startup I should focus on. I will then leverage on small amount of capital left to start small as I look for more capital to grow the business further, potentially rope in more partners.

YouTube has become popular in the world, a lot of people have learnt skills through watching tutorials online on YouTube. But a lot of the Youth in Mombasa have not utilized this tool, how can we address this issue?

Some may remember Julius Yego, a Kenyan athlete who learned javelin throwing on YouTube and became a world champion. Will this example make the youth sing to the tune “Yego Baba Lao”? YouTube and a lot of other online tools present an opportunity for the youth to compete with the world. While one can learn skills like Yego, they can also use it a tool to showcase their work to the world like Mombasa’s own Farhana Oberson and Nadia Ahmed. It is encouraging to note that there are a number of youth groups and organizations in Mombasa working with the youth on digital literacy. As their effort continue to yield fruit, we will slowly see more and more youth making maximum use of YouTube and other digital tools to advance their agenda. We need to keep educating the youth about these opportunities.

What have you accomplished as an Entrepreneur?

I have learned a number of (hard) lessons through my entrepreneurship journey (and I am still learning). During our early entrepreneurship days incubated at GrowthAfrica we were lucky to have been mentored by Ali Hussein a seasoned entrepreneur, now it is our turn to give back. It has been fulfilling journey sharing lessons with upcoming entrepreneurs. I mentor some of them, trying to make them better entrepreneurs than we were. That to me, will be my greatest accomplishment.

What do you think we need to do to change the current mindset of the youth in Mombasa?

The County Government of Mombasa ICT Department through universities, asked the youth to pitch their business ideas. The Chief Officer ICT, Anwar and his committee selected the best Ideas which were showcased during the 2019 ASK Show in Mombasa. The youth in Mombasa therefore may not lack opportunities all the time, they sometimes lack awareness and maybe the drive to chase after opportunities. We need to keep sharing such success stories with the youth. The youth need to know that they too can do it, if they put their mind to it.

I spent the last few years interacting with the youth in Mombasa, I can attest that the old mindset is slowly changing. It has been great working closely with MTY youth group, Salma and her team are doing an amazing job changing the narrative and challenging the youth to rise to the occasion. The world is changing, the youth need to know that they are no longer competing with the country, they are competing with the World. I tell that to form 4 boys in my old school Sheikh Khalifah every year, encouraging them to change their mindset to a “YES WE CAN” attitude.

If we want the youth to get inspired by our very own Dr Mohamed Bahaider, we need to tell them his story. Dr Bahaider has raised the bar so high in terms of how much one can accomplish with the right mindset. We have Amani Katana, Zayyad Alawi, Ahmed Juma Bhalo and many other examples of the youth who are doing amazing things in Mombasa and beyond. There are initiatives like the monthly (Sav-Skills) Stories of Significance-Mombasa, which invites people from various walks of life to tell their stories. We need to keep sharing inspiring stories.  Jammy, you are a great example and you are doing a good job in changing the youth mindset through your blog. Let us keep telling our youth positive stories.

Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?

God willing, I see myself in a University campus (I don’t know where), lecturing. I need to work on getting a Doctorate before that. While I am passionate about continuous learning, teaching and empowering others is also something I want to keep doing. In 10 years’ time, Insha’Allah I also hope to have accomplished a lot more in the entrepreneurship space. Wish me luck.

Parting shot?

Mombasa’s own, the late professor Ali Mazrui, went on to become a world renown Scholar. There are many more examples of Mombasa’s own who are achievers and they are out there. Like most societies in the world, Mombasa has its own unique issues. We should not be consumed by these (mostly negative) issues.  It is time we rise and tell our own positive stories to the youth. The youth need role models, mentorship, guidance, support and encouragement. We all need to do our part to work towards a better future for our people. That is the only way we can foster a better future generation. “Success is not owned. It’s leased. And the rent is due every day” – J.J Watt

Let’s Eat Mombasa: Shehnai Restaurant

As day goes by, there are new restaurants that come up in Mombasa. From burger joints to mshikaki places and Swahili food. Each having special menu that attracts different clientele. The different establishment located in different parts of Mombasa, some opening at night only and others 24 hours. But there are restaurants that are celebrating over 30 years in Mombasa, their authenticity and traditional menus makes them unique.

One of the restaurants that is celebrating 36 years in Mombasa is Shehnai restaurant. Located at Fatemi House Mungano Street business district, Shehnai Restaurant opened its door in 1984. Specializing North Indian Cuisine with Mughlai and Tandoor (BBQ) Delicacies, the spicy and savory menu will tantalize your taste buds. With 15 staff always ready to serve you during their opening hours, for lunch 11.45 a.m. to 2.45 p.m. and Dinner from 6.45p.m. to 9.45p.m.. They offer BBQ during both opening hours, you can order juicy Murgh Tikka Shahjahani (Boneless pieces of chicken marinated in authentic masala and cooked in Tandoor) or JHeenga Tandoori (Fresh prawns marinated in Tandoori masala and grilled slowly in clay oven). In case you don’t feel like dining in, they offer delivery 100shs within CBD and 300shs out of CBD but free delivery for order above 2000shs within CBD and free delivery for order above 4000shs out of CBD.  The prices are affordable with Vegetarians menu costing between 800 shs to 1200 shs, and Non Veg. from 1500 shs to 1800 shs, including seafood menu ranging from 1800 shs – 2500 shs.

As they plan to open other branches, Shehnai Restaurant remains one of the many old restaurant still existing in Mombasa creating memories generation after generation. Many people hold sentimental value to Shehnai Restaurant, remembering the beautiful memories they have created with their loved ones. Named after an Indian musical instrument which is the very soul of joy and merriment, symbolizing the ambience of Shehnai Restaurant where eating is an art and an exciting occasion. Next time you are looking for place to eat, choose Shehnai Restaurant. Their food is 100 % Halal.

For Reservation call: Tel: 254 722 871111 / 254 722 411711



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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.

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Instagram: @Mombasadishes