Blazing Hot, BYOB Mombasa Blaze Summit

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BYOB Mombasa Edition

Blaze never disappoints and blazers definitely never let the show down. The trailblazing BYOB Mombasa Summit held at the Mombasa Sports Centre was amazing in every aspect. From the informative and interactive mentorship sessions held in different pods to the show-stopping performances by renowned musicians, the event lived up to its hype.

The attendees, drawn from the Technical University of Mombasa, Pwani University and other universities in the region started streaming in as soon as the gates were opened at 9:00am.

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At the Job Market pod, was our team, that comprised of comprising of Catherine Mburu and Njeri Karanja who engaged the attendees in a very informative deliberation. We had a fantastic time, enlightening job seekers and university students on CV writing, interview basics, career growth and using social media for personal branding.

The pod was full to the brim in the 2 sessions held and eager attendees kept the sessions alive by way of asking intelligent questions and giving insightful ideas, which made the discussions truly informative. A couple of active participants were rewarded for their contribution with good quality and well designed Blaze merchandise as their counterparts walked away with knowledge.

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In addition to the inspiring and informative sessions held at the individual pods, there was also an empowering mentorship session at the main stage by Liz Marami (Kenya’s first female marine pilot), Ahmed Abdi (CEO and founder of Amani Insurance Brokerage), Karis the Comedian, and the very talented King Kaka, among others. All the mentors got to share snippets of their journey to where they are, the struggles they have faced and overcome, and the lessons they have learnt along the way.

King Kaka got a lovely gift in the form of a portrait, from a young blazer, Derrick, who was inspired by Kaka’s move to establish a football team that mentors young people to explore their football talent. The young man took his time to draw the portrait as Kaka mentored the attendees and he got a Kaka Empire T-shirt for his effort and his boldness.

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The mentorship was, in full Blaze fashion, followed by thrilling performances by upcoming artists who showed the crowd that the next crop of entertainers is ready to take on the big stage, as well as Dj Ivory. These were closely followed by rousing performances by Mombasa’s own Aly B and Susumila, with the evergreen Timmy T Dat and King Kaka, and his signature 16-down countdown, closing the day.

As tradition has dictated, BYOB Mombasa summit was nothing short of amazing, thanks to the active and lively participation of the people of Mombasa.

See you in Kisumu!

A SNIPPET OF THE DISCUSSIONS

 

Mueke Katwa
I have two years experience in Business Support which covers Human Resource as a function; and a lifelong passion in creative writing.