Joho Scoops International Award Alongside Singer Akothee

  • Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho made international news after he received a coveted award.

    People Daily reported that the governor scooped the Transformational Leadership Award in the African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMA). 

    His win came alongside renowned musician Esther Akoth, popularly known as Akothee who was feted as the best female artist in East Africa in the event held at Dallas, Texas in the US.

    Popular singer Akothee posing with her trophy during the All Africa Musica awards after she was awarded the Best female artist in East Africa.

    In the award ceremony, Citizen TV's Mseto East Africa show host Willy Mtuva was also recognised as the radio/TV personality of the year. 

    On Thursday, October 24, Joho's county beat several other world cities to host an international forum.

    Mombasa City was announced the host the International Desalination Association (IDA) congress expected to take place in October 2021, county communications representative Richard Chacha confirmed to

    Some of the 14 cities that had presented bids in hosting the project included Barcelona, Daegu, Calgary, Cape Town, Chennai, Durban, Hyderabad, Malta, Manchester.

    The city emerged as a finalist alongside three others; Melbourne and Sydney in Australia and Daegu in Korea.

    Mombasa became the first African city to host the conference that dates back to 1985 having been held in 17 cities across the world.

    Mombasa emerged victorious largely owing to its water alienation plans with two desalination plants expected to be set up in Shanzu and Likoni by 2021.

    The iconic tusks along Moi Avenue in Mombasa County erected in 1952 to symbolise Queen Elizabeth's visit. The city will host the International Desalination Association (IDA) congress scheduled for October 2021.