Consistent Courage: Boniface Mwangi
Boniface Mwangi is one of the most vocal and courageous Kenyans of our generation. https://www.bonifacemwangi.com
Recognized globally for his passion and excellence in photography, this photographer-cum-activist could not resist the call to activism after witnessing first-hand the brutality that disadvantaged Kenyans experienced in the wake of the Post- Election Violence in 2008. He then established Picha Mtaani a traveling photography exhibition telling of the violence. The travelling photo exhibition toured across Kenya and drew more than 2 million people. The tour of the exhibition offered a platform for individual reflection, honest dialogue, interpersonal healing and community reconciliation.
He has been a guest of the state on many occasions for championing justice and calling out powerful leaders for their wanton corruption and blatant violation of human rights. This has earned him friends and foes alike. His commitment to promote social change has also come at a heavy price. As a husband and father, his wife and children have endured hostilities from different quarters. The escalation of these hostilities has seen him being threatened with harm and/or death by powerful forces in government.
He has twice won the CNN Multichoice Africa Photojournalist of the Year Award and is the youngest Prince Claus Laureate. New African Magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2014 and 2016 and he is also a senior TED Fellow. Time magazine recognized him as a Next Generation Leader in 2015 and was selected as Kenya’s Top 40 under 40 men 2016.
After years of agitating from the sidelines, Boniface Mwangi is now seeking the people's mandate to enable him to take the struggle to the inside. He has announced his bid to vie for MP in Starehe Constituency – one whose cracks and corners he is all too familiar with, having called it home for a good part of his youth. With a track record you can count on, he vows to continue speaking courage fluently because the people of Kenya deserve better.
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