YEARS' AGO -
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.
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.
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
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’.
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.
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
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
of Mombasa, Coast Branch Kenya Red Cross Society chairman
Buff Mshamba Allens of
Nairobi, and Al Haj Sifayu
Islamic Centre, University of Udaipur, and who was also
Chairman of the Muslim Balala Community.