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Local Heroes Journalism Competition

1st place - Boniface Mwangi

by: Maxwell Agwanda

My local hero happens to be the award winning Photojournalist and leading activist in Kenya, Boniface Mwangi, who has been in the forefront championing for the rights of Kenyans.

The man has over the years been leading protests against social ills in the country from corruption, land grabbing by well-connected individuals, greedy Members of Parliament hiking their salaries, and even heckling the former President Mwai Kibaki during a National Day Celebration in protest over the high living standards.

Mwangi has been so passionate about protests to bring change and accountability to public officers to an extent that he brings his wife in some of the demonstrations. He has challenged the middle class saying that they have a ‘diaper mentality’, for they are very vocal on the social media, but are afraid of turning out in person on the streets.

Mwangi has attracted the attention of foreign media in most of his protests.

His efforts have been recognized in high places that recently, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry visited Mwangi’s organization, Pawa254. Kerry was in Kenya in May.