THIRTY NINE YEARS' AGO -
Coastweek September 01 - 08, 1979:
President Daniel Arap Moi was on Friday afternoon to officially
open the Mombasa National Show. Billed as the ‘Biggest and Best
Ever,’ it was expected to draw over 100,000 visitors. Earlier
in the week, the President was given a rousing welcome by Coast
residents when amidst great fanfare, he officially opened the
new Mombasa International Airport.
Lovely Miss Salma
Basheikh was crowned Miss Mombasa Show while runners up were the
equally beautiful Farida Mohamed and Dorothy Malwala.
The Kenya Medical
Association and the Boots Company (K) Ltd. held a symposium
attended by doctors from all over Kenya to evaluate Entamizole,
a ‘wonder drug’ which cured intestinal and hepatic amoebiasis.
The new drug evidently was a shorter and faster acting treatment
with a higher cure rate than the two most commonly prescribed
drugs then on the market.
Alfredo Santagati was running water sports and sea safaris from
the 406-bed Nyali Beach Hotel.
organised a crash course on language development for 300 primary
school teachers at Mombasa Primary School
NAAZ Cinema was commencing
its screening of “Pretty Baby,”
starring 12-year old Brooke Shields in a controversial role
which depicted an image of an adult world seen through the
eyes of a child. KENYA Cinema
was showing “Thank God It’s
Friday,” with the playful catchline, “After
5,000 years of civilization - e all need a break.”
REGAL Cinema, meanwhile,
bowed to popular demand and brought back the epic
“The Ten Commandments.”
CHOX was showing Sanjeev Kumar in
“Apne Rang Hazaar,”
(“I have a thousand colours”).
Letter writers included
A. Frank Tenai of Kwale; Magbell A.S.
Badbess of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Mustafa Said Khalil, Razia
Mohamedali and Bashir Akhtar all of Mombasa; Peter Wafula
Muhindi of Nairobi; Zakir Datoo, treasurer of the
Nyali Resident’s Association and “Troubled Reader” who took
issue with the editor over the propriety of a picture of a
famous strip dancer at the Cave Night Club in the German
section of the previous week’s issue. The Editor commented
that pictures were a question of degree and that a “‘tasteful’
photograph of a semi-nude woman (or man) [was] always
acceptable,” but assured the writer that one would not find
“obscene or directly lascivious photographs in Coastweek.”
One of Kenya’s top sprinters
for several years, Tariq Mohamed
Mughal, who was killed by armed robbers in his
Nairobi home was mourned by T.L.
BLAST FROM THE PAST:
Prices-Kenya Airways was offering a new one way excursion fare
between Nairobi and Mombasa for KSh 240/=.