The People behind Pineapple Guest House Entebbe
Gordon and Margaret Bell, the owners of Pineapple Guest House, arrived in Africa in 1971 on a two year contract and never left! Our first posting was to Kenya, where Corrie, our first daughter was born followed by a year in Tanzania, the birthplace of Iona, our second daughter. As a family we moved to Nigeria, then a posting back to Kenya before finally settling in Uganda in 1987. Throughout our time in Africa, we enjoyed welcoming family and friends to our various homes including hosting the Kampala Hash running group and many Caledonian Society social dancing evenings. We love travelling and have visited many places in Africa, the Far East and South America staying in a variety of accommodation. At Pineapple Guest House, we have brought together all our travelling experiences to create a warm, homely, friendly atmosphere for all our guests.
Allen Nagadya has been our housekeeper for twenty years and we always felt very fortunate to have such pleasant and capable person looking after us and our home which we called Kasisira. Many members of our family and friends know that Allen has the gift of welcoming and caring for people, making sure they are comfortable and well-fed. As the manager of Pineapple Guest House, Allen continues to develop her natural talent for hospitality. With calm, cheerful efficiency, she supervises all aspects of running the guest house and gardens, skilfully incorporating our fresh fruit, vegetables and herbs into our dishes. Allen says the best thing about being at Pineapple is being able to use and develop all her skills every day, especially designing menus and cooking meals for guests to enjoy.
Norah Nassozi is our deputy manager and Allen’s elder daughter. As a graduate of Nkumba University, Entebbe, in Hotel and Tourism Management, Norah has been well trained in looking after guests and ably assists Allen with the smooth running of Pineapple. As a secondary schoolgirl, Norah was selected as a member of a troupe of dancers, singers and drummers to perform in England so she has an appreciation of intercontinental travel and life in Britain. Norah enjoys all aspects of art and craft, has a diploma in beauty therapy and says that being at Pineapple develops her creative side as well as interacting with a wide variety of people which she says has developed her self-confidence.
Charles Masanga joined us at Kasisira sixteen years ago as our gardener, general handyman and driver and is now part of the Pineapple team. Charles has designed and laid much of the hard landscaping in the pale local slate in the garden, including the stone bench and table under the mango tree and the lily and orchid beds in the car park. So you may see Charles driving you to or from the airport, in the garden, looking after the pool or indoors, as he also enjoys being a waiter and barman! Charles likes Pineapple because of the view of the airport and the lake.
Martin Bwire was also our gardener at Kasisira and has helped to design and nurture the Pineapple garden to its present state. Originally, there was a tarmac road in the middle of the garden leading to a large car park and now there is a flight of grassed, stone steps and a lawn! Martin has been an important part of these changes which greatly add to the peaceful atmosphere. Martin says he is proud of the Pineapple garden and likes the international atmosphere.
Robinah Nakiyiti is our newest recruit to the Pineapple team although we have known Robinah for many years as she used to visit her Aunt Allen in the school holidays. After completing her O levels she joined us as a hospitality trainee. She has a cheerful personality, a friendly smile, and a very kind and helpful manner and all these qualities make her a great addition to the team. Robinah says she likes being at Pineapple because of the cooperative atmosphere and team- work which she remembers from her own family and her Girl Guiding days.