A rare achievement: Coastweek this week celebrates its
fourtieth anniversary issue.
Our first twenty page, multi-lingual, issue appeared on
Friday, November 10, 1978.
Its publication was made possible by the collective
efforts of numerous supporters and well-wishers,
former publisher the late Kanwarlal Sabharwal, who flew
the newspaper down to Mombasa in his private six-seater
Abdul Samji, who so successfully arranged the first few
months of critical financing,
Hilary Ngweno, who generously printed us at his
Stellagraphics Press in Nairobi,
Mrs. Nasim Hatim, who boldly sold our first
KANU secretary general Hon. Robert Matano, who
officially opened our office in Ambalal House,
Messrs. Chotu Kanji and Kanti Chohan, who ‘sorted’ the
innumerable legal requirements,
Provincial Commissioner Eliud Mahihu who gave us our
first ‘exclusive’ story - a very personal interview
outlining the demise of the late President Mzee Jomo
Mrs. Neta Peal who wrote many of the articles and
illustrated them with her evocative photographs,
Mrs. Anjum Asodia, who typed and composited all the text
in three languages and who often continues to contribute
to our cinema reviews,
(a very youthful) Patrick Obath, who wrote our first
theatre column and has been a stalwart contributor on
automobiles ever since,
Akram Sheikh who thoughtfully provided so many
stimulating and distracting illustrations,
our German editor Mrs. Nelly Riegger and our former
Swahili editor the late Swaleh Ahmed Al-Ismailly,
our columnists Gray Phombeah on entertainment, Errol
Trzebinski on food, Abdulrahman Manswab on soccer, John
Gardiner on motoring, cartoonist Jette Botschinksy, Ivor
Davis in Nairobi, Tony Barros in Dar es Salaam, John
Walters on Shipping, Anver Versi on cricket and Wainoga
Kimani on squash.
Also Faraj Dumila, Lady Elizabeth Erskine, the late
Henry Gathigira, the late Edward Rodwell, the late Hon.
Sharriff Nassir, the late Esmond Bradley Martin, Said
Karama, the late James de vere Allen, Dr. Rene Haller,
Ahmed Sheikh Nabani,
and ... our always warm and wonderful readers !
THANK YOU each and all,
Shiraz D. Alibhai and Adrian Grimwood.