By Isaac Blessings
Alex Mwakideu is a veteran radio presenter currently hosting the breakfast show at Milele Fm – a station owned by MediaMax limited. The radio presenter, who also doubles as the station boss, is known to dabble in business with his new venture being Pampered Village-a Swahili themed restaurant in Kitengela.
Pampered Village is a restaurant specializing in Swahili dishes located along Acacia Road behind Hola Petrol Station, Kitengela. The joint is located just adjacent to his car wash named Pampered Car Wash.
During an interview held on Tuesday with Jalang’o TV – a channel owned by his long term friend Felix Odiwour, the radio presenter revealed that the restaurant specializes mainly in authentic Swahili cuisines.
“Hapa ni Pampered Village, yaani Uswahilini haswa. Njoo upate raha ya Uswahilini, si kila siku ukija Kitengela ni nyama choma tu. Chakula Chetu ni Kitamu sana, njoo uwe shahidi,” the 41 year old said as he gave the viewers a tour of the fancy restaurant.
He also revealed that the restaurant is affordable and pocket-friendly. Everyone is welcomed to visit and have a taste of quality coastal dishes.
“Ni mahali pa watu wa kawaida, watu wa kujielewa na kupenda vitu vizuri. Yaani the finer things in life, maana hapa tuna kila kitu kizuri na pia utafurahia services zetu,” Mwakideu explained.
Jalang’o congratulated him for the big milestone stating that he is always proud of his achievements.
“Congratulations brother for officially opening Pampered Village, definitely we will always support you. And you know that I’m always proud of you,” Jalang’o told Mwakideu during the interview.
The Making of Pampered Village
During an interview with Churchill show in the Journey Series that aired on December 5th 2021, Mwakideu stated that he was caught between a rock and a hard place after Media May slashed his salary by 50 percent during the pandemic. It was then that he came up with an idea of starting a side hustle. He opened the car wash before beginning construction of the restaurant in mid-2020.
“This business came about during the pandemic. Our employers slashed our salaries by 50 percent when the pandemic hit. I asked myself two questions after the slash. I either had to go back to my wife and let her know that we need to adjust our lifestyle because we do not have 50 percent of our income or I find ways to raise the money elsewhere,” The father of three said.