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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

THIRTY NINE YEARS' AGO -
COASTWEEK, May 11 - 17, 1979:

 

Top Indian film actress Hema Malini hosted a sell-out show for 1,300 fans at the Lohana Hall, Mombasa, during a charity concert in aid of the ‘Hare Rama, Hare Krishna’ organisation. Also in peak demand was the popular Bombay singing sensation ‘Usha’  who captivated local audiences during three consecutive ‘standing-room-only’ shows at Oceanic Hotel.

Mombasa Municipal Commission chairman Francis B. Tuva personally thanked Usha for raising  K. Shs. 150,000/= in aid of Rotary Club projects during a luncheon hosted in her honour at Nyali Beach Hotel.

Guests included Commission members M. M. Muhashamy, Arthur Ratcliff and David Kayanda, Town Clerk B.P. Kubo, Commission Secretary M.A. Jessa, Rotary Club of Mombasa Chairman Kishore Mehta, Oceanic hotel director Aziz Kassim Lakha and Nairobi Casino manager Rino Petrozzi.

Shipping correspondent John Walters observed that the ‘Hammer and Sickle was much in evidence’ at Kilindini Port where seven Soviet vessels, including a squadron of five ‘Survey and Research’ boats, were briefly visiting Kenya. Curiously enough: they were immediately followed by a similar United States oceanographic survey vessel called ‘Researcher’.

Coast cultural writer Faraj Dumila reviewed Prof. Ali Mazrui’s new work, a collection of essays entitled “Political Values and the Educated Class in Africa”. Broadcaster Joe Kamisi, then working as Kenya’s Tourist Officer in Paris, was warmly commended  by Malindi hoteliers for his excellent promotion efforts in France which had culinated in a group of leading tour and travel agency operators visiting the North Coast.

Frustrated cricket correspondent Anwer Versi announced the arrival of Madras Occasionals XI - a visiting team from South India. Coast cricket was in the fervid grip of angry ‘walk outs’ and plagued by never-ending  ‘disputes’ over controversial Umpiring decisions, and Versi concluded his colourful report on the Madras tourists:

“This mean good news for Coast cricket fans: It means good, clean cricket. It means tough, exciting cricket. It means tumbling stumps. It means scorching strokes. It means drama and suspense. It means fun and humour. It means humility in victory and graciousness in defeat. It means CRICKET !”

Kenya Cinema was showing Julie Christie and Warren Beatty in the comedy “Heaven Can Wait”, Regal Cinema screened the Kung Fu epic “Bruce Lee - Super Star”, Naaz Cinema offered Richard Harris in Alistair Macleans’ thriller “Golden Rendezvous”, while at Chox Cinema it was Hema Malini and Randhir Kapoor in “Haath Ki Safai” (A Cleaning Of Hands).

Letter writers included Juma Silaha and Shabbir Hatimali of Mombasa, Coast Branch Kenya Red Cross Society chairman A.A. Molu, Buff Mshamba Allens of Nairobi, and Al Haj Sifayu Angaarwalla, Professor, Islamic Centre, University of Udaipur,  and who was also Chairman of the Muslim Balala Community.

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