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COASTWEEK, July 13 - 19, 1979:

Coastweek -- COAST DEPUTY Provincial Commissioner Stephen Mwakisha was being posted on promotion to Kisumu as new P.C. for Western Province. Talented Swahili artist Adnan Said Mohamed opened successful one-week exhibition of his paintings hosted at the British Council, Mombasa, and jointly sponsored by Mombasa Central M.P. Hon. Shariff Nassir and Old Town resident Dr. Faiz Saleh.

In a superb show of tactical running Kenya’s 12-year-old Elizabeth Onyambu ran the ‘Mombasa Mile’ in just four minutes 23 seconds, even besting world-class long-distance athlete Rose Thompson.

As ‘Mombasa Roots’ band returned from a successful two-month tour in Dubai, U.A.E. the Coast was being ‘invaded’ by ever-popular Zairean bands according to correspondent Gray Phombeah who reported the weekend arrivals of ‘Super Mazembe’, ‘Viva Makale’, ‘Orchestra Mangelepa’ and ‘Les Kinoir’. Meanwhile Professor Omari Shabani had broken away from ‘Simba Wa Nyika’ band to form his own ‘Orchestra Les Wanyika’.

Nairobi correspondent Ivor Davis interviewed London-based international cabaret artist Sheela Munro - who began life in Mombasa’s Ganjoni road, one of 13 children fathered by Goan school teacher Joey de Chaves and a Seychellois mother, who died when she was just one year old. Managed by British impres-sario Lord Tony Moynihan, Sheela was heading onto new success in West Germany and the Middle East.

Mombasa Little Theatre Club was in rehearsal for Jennifer Walters’ musical production of ‘My Fair Lady’ featuring the singing talents of Lesley Anne McGuinness, Eileen Crooke, Lesley Garnett, Linda Voestermans, Rory McGuinness, John Hope, Stan Moss, John Walters, and Jacques Salzani, with the choreography of Joyce Woodward.

Paresh Malde was declared ‘Top Navigator 1978’ by the Mombasa Motor Club. African Safari Club’s Hans Harald Kochany won the first Coast Open windsurfing regatta hosted at Dolphin Hotel, Shanzu. Karim Sumar of Aga Khan Mombasa won the under 17 singles title in the National table tennis championships hosted in Nairobi.

KENYA cinema was still showing the Turkish prison horror drama Midnight Express’, NAAZ cinema screened Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland and Lesley Ann Down in ‘The Great Rain Robbery’, REGAL offered Jim Kelly in the ‘Adults Only’ drama ‘The Death Dimension’, while at CHOX it was Dharmendra and Raakhee in ‘Blackmail’.

Letter writers included Peggy Barrow, Joseph Okumu, John Arkle, Karim A. Karimjee, S. Shah and Mustafa Gulamali all of Mombasa, Tom Odongo of Kilifi, and Nairobi correspondents Mwangi Kangunda, Buff Mshamba Allens and Peter Wafula Muhindi.

COAST TOP TEN BOOKS (Courtesy Bahari Bookshop) - ‘Fighter’  by Len Deighton, ‘The Man from Lisbon by Brian Callison, ‘The 44 Vintage’ by Anthony Price, ‘Consider Yourself Dead’ by James Hadley Chase, ‘Roots’ by Alex Haley, ‘The Other Girl’ by Lucy Walker, ‘Among the Elephants’ by Oria and Iain Douglas Hamilton, and ‘The Rise and Fall of Idi Amin Dada’ by Kamau and Cameron.

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