So I eventually gave in to peer pressure and set up my Facebook page, let me know what you all think about it! Oh, and there is a bottle of Dom Pérignon champagne to be won while we are at it.. 🙂
As of late 2014, a couple of venue owners to be had spoken to me about their upcoming bars and restaurants. Every time I met friends they would ask me what is new in Nairobi and I would run through the list again and again.. And then I remembered that I had a blog I could send them to with a list of places to check out in 2015. Here is the list, party people!
1. The Wet Lounge & Grill
This venue is set to open in a couple of months. The owners are a lovely couple who invited me for a private viewing yesterday.. I liked what I saw.
The Wet lounge will be for the grown up crowd, with food available too within the premises. I will add further details the closer they are to opening.
Caramel Lounge opened its doors in 2014 to a great reception in Nairobi. They are now have special offers which include the Happy Hours from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. There is also a ladies night every Wednesday evening with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine for ladies followed by half off on all signature cocktails all night…
I am really looking forward to the opening of Gossip Lounge. The dynamic pair behind this lounge are Barry and Samia. You may have seen them cruising around Nairobi in their Ferrari, Lamborghini, Rolls Royce or Hummer… This couple is keen in turning up the heat in the Nairobi nightlife 🙂
Avi invited me to check out Budhaa Bar way before it opened. I liked the concept. Little did I know Dom Pérignon Champagne would be keen on getting involved too. Now Nairobi has its own exclusive Dom Pérignon affiliated Bar in the heart of Westlands. Check it out guys!
I am yet to set foot in Juniper Kitchen. The main reason it made it to this list is because of the raving reviews I have heard from my friends who have been there so far. They love it! Stop by and let us know what you think of the place!
Ok, so this is not a “new” venue in Nairobi. Florida is Nairobi’s oldest nightclub. They reopened earlier this year at a new venue one street away from the older venue. The management is keen on giving Nairobi a fantastic nightclub experience seven nights a week…. Here are pictures of the new venue..
7. Marina Bay Lounge
My boy Amor Thige is in the process of setting up the Marina Bay Lounge in Mombasa. It is located within the luxurious English Point Marina. This will be the place to be in Mombasa when it opens…
8. Unnamed Club/Lounge (Coming Soon!)
A dear friend is finalising on yet another lounge in Westlands. The project is about four months away. I will definitely let you know about the club once they are almost open.
There you go! Let me know if I left out any new places in Nairobi and Mombasa….
It hit me earlier this year that I have been hosting parties in Nairobi for five years now. It feels like it was just a day ago I was chatting with the lovely Susan Deiters as she attempted to convince me to host my first party ever at her restaurant, Cafe des Arts (now Mediterraneo Gigiri) Ahh.. Those were epic parties!
Toga Party At Cafe Des Arts, 2010
Halloween Party, October 31st 2013
Fast forward to early May this year. I am sitting down looking at the coming year to see which dates I could host which themed parties. September 22nd stood out particularly because it is Elephant Appreciation Day. Now if you live in Kenya only one thing pops to mind when you think of elephants, and this happens to be Tusker beer.
The patriot in me could not resist thinking that any Elephant Appreciation Day should go hand in hand with Tusker Beer Appreciation Day, hence the reason Tusker Day falls on 22nd September.
And then tragedy hit. On June 13th 2014, Tsavo Trust announced the death of Satao, Kenya’s largest African male elephant. He was slaughtered by poachers for ivory. Satao’s tusks were so huge they almost reached the ground. Sometimes he would lean the tusks on the ground in order to rest his head and get some sleep.
Satao The Great Kenyan Tusker
Satao belongs to an elite group of elephants who have the necessary genetics to grow tusks this big. These elephants are called Tuskers. They are on the brink of extinction. As you read this, there are only 11 tuskers left in Tsavo, the late Satao’s home, out of a herd of 11,000 elephants.
There are other Tuskers in Africa, but my guess is they are less that 50 in total. We are looking at a species dying right in front of our eyes. Therefore, it is only fair that we pay homage to Satao,and the remaining Tuskers on Tusker Day (Elephant Appreciation Day)
Isilo the Great South African Tusker
That said, I propose we celebrate Tusker Day annually on September 22nd for the following amazing reasons:
1. To honor, protect and fight for Tuskers (+elephants) worldwide which will be extinct in 15 years if poaching continues at such an alarming rate. Find out how you can join the cause by having a look at our campaign, Satao’s Herd.
2. To celebrate Africa’s first annual drinking holiday ever. Tusker beer has been the highlight of many who have fond memories of Africa. The Dutch have King’s Day, the Irish have St. Patrick’s Day, the Germans have Octoberfest and now Africa has Tusker Day.
I now leave you with the amazing elephant and Tusker beer pictures which friends have sent me from all corners of the world. I cannot wait to hear what your plans are for Tusker Day this year! Do send me an email with your thoughts on akinyiadongo (@) tuskerday (.) com
Behold, a Satao Piece which artist Sophie Standing is currently working on.
Kristy McGovern sure knows how to enjoy a Tusker 🙂
Erin Petson did the most beautiful sketch of Satao
My all time favourite Tusker Picture from Sam Dave
Mauro Russo‘s art piece called “Satao the last elephant and the mask of blood”
A Lion King/Tusker Beer moment in Africa by Scott Smith
Don’t you feel like going on Safari when you look at Nick Pearse’s wonderful picture!
Who knew an African Beer could look so good in snow! Mike Nugent‘s picture is quite delightful!
There are a couple of parties I have hosted in the past, of which the Playboy party I did last year was one of my top favourites. I must say it was Shrina that urged me to host it. After she bullied me for a couple of days I had no choice but to give in 🙂
Shrina, me in the middle and Asna
We run around Nairobi looking for bunny ears and tails. Some girls made their costumes (see the picture below) which I thought was so cool!
The dress code was bunny ears and tails for the ladies and Hugh Hefner robe. Some gentlemen nailed it 🙂
The mood was electric and DJ Edu was absolutely mind blowing, playing music that kept us on our toes all night.
The last of us got home at 8:00am the next day after a full night of partying it up.
Now that you get the gist of it, here are the rest of the pictures from the epic party 🙂
One lazy Thursday afternoon Shrina and I took a stroll on the beach as we discussed what we needed to do to wind up our coast trip. As we were making our way back to the room, a pleasant woman stopped and commented on my freshly done tattoo.
She then proceeded to inform us that she was a henna artist and asked us if we were interested in getting one. Shrina accepted the offer and we proceeded to get comfortable by the pool.
I had never witnessed a henna session before so my curiosity was aroused.
Mama Tatu is her name. She has been a henna artist for over twenty years in Mombasa. She does it full time, this is the sole source of income for her household.
I was fascinated by her stories about Mombasa and her life. I choose her as my first African Pillar (Click here for my definition of African Pillars) because she represents your indigenous hard-working, charming, old school African woman who earns her keep and holds her own.
Henna is dye prepared from the plant and the art of temporary tattooing based on these dyes. It is used to dye skin, hair, and fingernails, as well as fabrics including silk, wool, and leather.
The procedure started with Mama Tatu making the mixture and putting it in a makeshift cone made out of wrapping paper.
She then cuts a tiny hole on the tip which is what she uses to precisely apply the henna. Shrina then picked her design of choice from Mama Tatu’s design books.
She then proceeds to delicately yet steadily draw the design on Shrina’s leg.
After the drawing is done, we waited for a couple of minutes for the henna to dry. Mama Tatu then wiped off the top layer to complete the process.
Here is the final product:
Mama Tatu has no Facebook page or website. She was walking around with a picture album with hard copies of her work. I took pictures of the pictures to illustrate some of her work.
So the next time you are in Mombasa and you need a temporary henna tattoo, call Mama Tatu on +254729470281 and she will gladly draw something to your liking…