Schengen Peace Foundation and Luxembourg Peace Prize have announced activist Boniface Mwangi as the 2020/21 Outstanding Youth Peacemaker for his pre-eminent efforts and initiatives to promote peace
Mwangi will be awarded the prize during the Luxembourg Peace Prize ceremony on May 28, 2021.
The 2021 Luxembourg Peace Prize ceremony will take place as part of the 5th Annual Transatlantic Dialogue conference at the University of Luxembourg.said Schengen Peace Foundation and Luxembourg Peace Prize in a statement.
Boniface Mwangi is one of the most vocal and courageous Kenyans of his generation. He is recognized globally for his passion and excellence in photography, as the photographer-cum-activist who 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.added the statement.
Mwangi 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.
According to Mwangi, the tour of the exhibition offered a platform for individual reflection, honest dialogue, interpersonal healing and community reconciliation.
In 2012 Boniface founded PAWA254, a hub for creatives in Kenya where journalists, artists and activists find innovative ways of achieving social change.
At 37, he has been a guest of the state 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. His family has endured hostilities. The escalation of these hostilities has seen him being threatened with harm and/or death by powerful forces in govemment.added the statement.
Like many Kenyans with a challenging upbringing where basic needs were not always met, Boniface Mwangi is all too familiar with the struggles of the ordinary Kenyan. Despite monumental odds, he has risen, discovering photography at a young age and applying his entrepreneurial brilliance to break free from the clutches of poverty.
Those who have worked with Boniface Mwangi can attest to his diligence, compassion and self-drive.
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, 2016 and 2020 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. He was named as top 100 Kenyans 2019 and 2020.
Boniface Mwangi continues to wage a spirited campaign against oppressive establishments. Although at one point he stood alone, today his movement has gained traction with many —inspired by his vision and consistency—adding their voices to champion for a better Kenya.added the statement.
He is the author of Unbounded — a poignant and riveting memoir that captures his incredible journey