5 most influential figures from Mombasa


Mombasa County also prides itself of having produced individuals who are popular and influential in different fields in the country and beyond.

I have sampled for you some of the popular and influential figures from county 001.

1…Hassan Joho

He is the first and current Governor of Mombasa County, he was re-elected back to office in the August election.

His fierce criticism of the national government and the ruling jubilee party has earned him supporters and enemies in equal measures not only from the region but also the Country at large.

Christened Sultan, Joho  has always been making news especially on social media  due to his lavish lifestyle and sense of fashion.

His popularity has seen him come up with his own merchandise caps and t-shirts, one of the celebrities  promoting the brand (Joho) is Tanzanian artist Ali Kiba who has been most of the times spotted donning the caps and t-shirts.


The youthful Governor also enjoys a huge following on social media with over 1 million followers on facebook , over 400,000 on twitter and 180,000 on instagram.

2….Liz Marami

Elizabeth “Liz” Marami is the first Kenyan female pilot. Liz is an envy for many especially young girls with aims of venturing into the fields that have for so long been male dominated and mainly referred to as  as “Men only fields”.

The daughter of a paediatrician and School principal  who is still in her 20s is described by colleagues at work as a go-getter, strong willed, confident and neat.

Liz who is also a mentor and fashion blogger was listed among the top 40 under 40 Women 2015 by the Business daily. Her work has also seen her appointed as a brand ambassador for different campaigns and brands including the Always stand up campaign.


She has a following of over 27,000 followers on Instagram.


3…Chef Ali Madhry

Ali Said Alamin Mandhry or Chef Ali Mandhry  is a celebrity Tv chef who also hails from the County and has been featured several times in the local and section of International media. He  runs a show on Citizen every morning(Weekdays) where he shares with the viewers how to prepare different delicacies.

His status has also seen him appointed as a brand ambassador with different brands including American automobile brand Chevrolet of the General motors.

He enjoys a huge following on social media with over 100, 000 followers on facebook, 35,000 followers on Instagram and over 12,000 on twitter.


4……Mohammed Hersi

Having served in the hospitality and tourism industry for over 20 years, Mohammed Hersi is one man whose opinion is always sorted by stakeholders, local and international media when it comes to matters tourism.

Hersi has served as an Executive officer for some of the top hotels including the Sarova Whitesands and just the recent one heritage chain of hotels. He currently heads the Sun Africa hotels. He is also the Chairman of the Kenya Coast Tourist Association.

Apart from just being an hotelier, Hersi is also known to be very vocal on issues touching the society as he always express on his different social media accounts where he is known for his tag line ” As always I choose to remain an optimist “. This has boosted his popularity on social media with twitter being his best weapon where he enjoys a following of over 180,000 followers.


5…..Tima Keilah

The former Miss Tourism Mombasa County is also one of the most popular and influential from the County.

Tima  took part in the Miss Global contest 2016 held at Manilla in Philipiness where she brought home the Miss Congeniality title which she still holds.

Tima a lawyer by profession has also managed to be appointed as a brand ambassador with several brands and campaigns including Uber.

She also enjoys her fair share of popularity on social media with a following of over 10,000 followers on Instagram.










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