Pulse Party: How the BLAZE Youth Summit and Johnny walker Festival went down in Mombasa

Blaze youth officials take a selfie at the BLAZE BYOB Mombasa Summit 2017 on 25th NOVEMBER 2017


  • Blaze summit went down in Mombasa last weekend
  • Pulse party rovers descended to coast
  • Johnnie walker party drew some inspiration at the blaze summit


Last Friday after the Pulse nominee party at Kiza Lounge, which was way off the hook, we made our way all the way down to Coast for the second season of Johnnie Walker Festival which went down at Tapas Cielo, a luxury lounge bar and restaurant in Nyali. A fairly new entrant in the nightlife, Tapas was the hottest place happening on Friday night.

The joint is decorated with by slate grey, stone and chrome, enhanced by cool blue lighting and with a zap of energetic red around the bar itself the ambience was relaxed as DJ Joe Mfalme held it down till wee hours of the morning.

With a premium select range of the finest wines, spirits and premium whiskeys, the place was jam packed with revellers having a good time thanks to the variety of choices to pick from.

On Saturday as the sun came out with its characteristic coastal heat, the energy in the air was palpable as we snaked our way into the Mombasa sports club with the beautiful and bubbly Sarah Oleng for the fifth regional edition of the Blaze BYOB summit which attracted thousands of youth from the region.

Providing mentorship, networking and learning opportunities from the BLAZE mentors such as Nick Ondu and Joy Kendi at the fashion pod. J-Blessing, Njugush, Abel Mutua, Brian Wanyama of Matwana culture, Enos Olik, and Wycliffe Waweru, to name just a few, were all there.


The early birds got a chance to interact with the mentors in different strategically-placed pods where they got a chance to showcase what they do best and get advice from the already-made mentors touching on different career choices.

With the usual theme of G.R.I.T (Greatness Requires Internal Toughness), Blaze Youth Network aims at empowering the youth to face their challenges in entrepreneurship and business head on and persevere through them.

BLAZE is all about igniting your passion and propelling it to profound success. Whatever your passion or interest; fashion, sports, business, media and journalism, creative arts, music, photography, innovation, there were mentors from every sector.


Pulsers flocked the venue as soon as the gates were let opened and got a chance to interact with the mentors and without a doubt enjoyed themselves with the high star-studded celebrity performances which were definitely the highlight of the day.

At the BYOB Summit, attendees were also able to audition for the upcoming Be Your Own Boss TV show, where they stand a chance to not only be mentored by other successful young Kenyans, but also win funding for their businesses.

There was a wave of good vibes flowing throughout the day. It started with electrifying performances by selected blazers from creation camps who proved their mettle by delivering enviable stage performances.

The Blaze mentors took to stage afterwards for the spark talk as they shared their stories on their journey to stardom and expressed how their start from the bottom and worked their way up the ladder. They all had a story with a common denominator: they all struggled. Tried their hands in new ways failed, persevered all through until finally they made it. It that is not G.R.I.T. then I can’t explain what that was.


The show was brought to a standstill by great performances by Timmy T-Dat, Otile Brown, Nyashinski, King Kaka and Khaligraph Jones.

After the event, the Pulse crew went back to Tapas Cielo for the after party where locals got a chance to rub shoulders with who-is-who in the entertainment industry and get their celebrity moments as they were all over the small jam packed hangout spot.