Set to position herself as a viable businesswoman and public personality eyeing positions of leadership, former video vixen and socialite Vera Sidika has moved back to her childhood Mombasa yard where she is also enjoying her mother’s embrace.
“I really missed my mother and the rest of my family members. I missed everything about growing up, the simple things like being around the people who know me truly. I am happy to get back to Mombasa, to invest here and probably to think of equipping myself into positions of power as I mingle with the right people and learn from all,” Vera told Standard Entertainment & Lifestyle.
“I have moved the Vera Sidika Beauty Parlor here but that is not the end of my investment as I have an elaborate projected business plan. This is where I grew up, a town I love and whose people I respect. I am ready to work with like-minds as I bring services to them,” she emphasised.
“When I am in Mombasa, people treat me differently. When you are one of them, Mombasa people can be very loyal. The business environment here is also getting friendlier than it is in Nairobi when it comes to hospitality business. I have noticed that all female celebrities in Nairobi are opening saloons and it is becoming cliché to own a beauty parlour there so besides all other reasons that have gotten me move to Mombasa, I am also setting myself apart, away from the crowd,” Vera reiterated.
It is not clear whether Vera has any political interest even as she plans to host top coast politicians in her Saturday, August 5, grand ceremony in which she will unveil her new luxury beauty parlour that has been set up in Nyali.
The event that has a number of celebrities in the guest list is the most anticipated showbiz event this weekend – in which surprise ‘pronouncements’ might be made. So far Shaffi Weru and his A1 Entertainment fellow director Kevin Obia are part of the public personalities participating in the event’s build-up.
For some time now, Vera, who fired the internet with a nude photo on Monday, has kept off public limelight and questions have been on what she is up to lately. It all started with her reducing her overseas travel as well as her attachment to foreign business partners even as she dropped some local friends.
“Life has to be progressive. Some things were made for back then. I travelled the world and that gave me a lot of exposure and experience. My beauty business, for example, is largely inspired by what I learned in Dubai where the world meets for everything luxury. I am not the video vixen anymore. I am holding serious meetings with high profile businessmen and women and that is the level I am playing in. I am also making serious investments as I think of my future. The Vera Sidika of 2020 is a leader and businesswoman, not socialite,” she told Standard Entertainment & Lifestyle.
Asked why then she had to post a nude photo on her Instagram now that she is working on change of image, Vera joked; “You know there are people who just want to see that Vera, that little showbiz craze. I know there are those who just like it that way and so you just have to keep on feeding them till they discover where the world moved to”.