Human rights activist Boniface Mwangi is the recipient of the 2020/21 Outstanding Youth Peacemaker Prize during the Luxembourg Peace Prize ceremony, slated for 28th May, 2021. The ceremony will take place as part of the 5th Annual Transatlantic Dialogue Conference at the University of Luxembourg.
Boniface Mwangi has been recognized as one of the most vocal activists against brutality, corruption and rogue politicians in Kenya. He is recognized globally for his passion and excellence in photography and activism.
He established Picha Mtaani, a travelling photography exhibition telling of the post-election violence in Kenya, in 2008. Picha Mtaani toured across Kenya and drew more than 2 million people. 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. Through the hub, journalists, artists and activists find innovative ways of achieving social change.
Despite hurdles and threats on his life and that of his family, Boniface has continued to show diligence, compassion and self-drive in his activism journey.
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. 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.
Mwangi’s movement has gained traction, with many inspired by his vision and consistency, adding their voices to champion for a better Kenya. His Memoir, Unbounded, is a riveting story of his incredible journey.