I DEDICATE MY TIME TO LITTLE EINSTEINS
What’s your off-duty passion?
Little Einsteins East Africa, where we teach innovation and creativity by teaching STEM to children aged three to 12, by having them engage in handson projects and experiments. We held our annual science fair last month and I worked on a project with my children. We combine fun and learning.
If you hadn’t gone into architecture, what would you be doing instead?
I would be an artist, a starving one for sure because my fine art skills are not good enough to earn me a living. I however love architecture and creativity.
What signifies your personal style?
I have classic pieces that I can wear for many years, such as a well-cut jacket and a dress that last beyond fashion trends. I also have an eclectic style so I have newsboy caps, converse sneakers and big earrings. I don’t spend a lot on clothes, except on great jackets, shoes and bags.
How do you manage your wardrobe?
I am completely Type A about the organisation of my wardrobe. Dresses in one row, shirts in one pile, jeans in another. I find it makes it easier to get dressed in the morning and mix and match pieces when you know what goes where.
Where in East Africa are you most likely to be found on your day off?
I was born and raised in Mombasa, so I still have a soft spot for Coastal locations. I love Zanzibar in Tanzania and Watamu and Diani in Kenya.
What is your best destination in East Africa?
The Medina Palms in Watamu. It is serene and well designed. I also really love Kigali. I appreciate the cleanliness and orderliness.
What is on your must-visit list?
The beaches of Bali, Indonesia, and the Machu Pichu ruins in Peru. I would also like to travel more within Kenya, and I plan on visiting all the 47 counties.
What is the most thoughtful gift you have ever received?
It has to be the cards I get often from my children. My two sisters are also thoughtful gifters. One sent me flowers and a beautiful note on International Women’s Day last month. The other took me on a surprise visit to the set of Blackish in Los Angeles, where I met the stars of the show.
What is the best gift you have ever given?
My siblings and I gave our parents a cruise to the Carribean Islands on one of their wedding anniversaries.
Your last great read?
I recently read Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor. It is an African science fiction novel. A refreshing and engaging read.
What genre of books do you most enjoy?
I love books by African authors, fantasy (C.S Lewis and G.R Martin) and chic-lit. I know that’s very cliché, but I appreciate a good Marianne Keys or Sophia Kinsella book, especially when I’m on holiday. I also read to get better in business, entrepreneurship and inter-personal skills. I am currently reading Built to Last: Visionary Habits of Successful Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras.
What movie has had the most impact on you?
Definitely the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is a classic and can be watched many times over.
Hip hop and reggae. I cannot sit still when old school music is playing. Reggae is timeless. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Peter Tosh or Romaine Virgo.
What is your favourite food?
Chapati and dengu (green grams). Nothing beats the homely feel they evoke. On an evening out, I prefer Indian food, and I also love Thai soup.
What never misses in your fridge?
Milk and yogurt.