SLEEPING CITY

Mombasa nightlife halted as residents hide from coronavirus

People awake at sundown to get ready for jigs

In Summary

• Night joints ordered closed by the local authorities. 

• Bustling lifestyle at night stopped by fear of the virus. 

Patrons at a night club in Mombasa.
DANCE STOPPED: Patrons at a night club in Mombasa.
Image: FILE

Mombasa by night - for centuries - has been more than alive with bustling lifestyles as opposed to during the day.

This has been the only town in Kenya in which the sun shines at night - metaphorically. It is at sundown when people awake, wash their faces and brush their teeth and dancing boots ready for jigs.

But coronavirus has suddenly brought this to a halt. The city has gone to sleep for an indefinite period, for several days now in a row, the coastal city is experiencing unfamiliar quietness never felt before.

The night joints have been ordered closed by the local authorities. Life has changed.

Maybe we have taken life for granted and this is a reminder to appreciate every moment more even when there's no pandemic threatening to wipe out half the world's population.

Mombasa

Patrons at a night club in Mombasa.
DANCE STOPPED: Patrons at a night club in Mombasa.
Image: FILE