IGAD Executive Secretary Dr Workneh Gebeyehu,today awarded three young poets and one young film maker who contested during the #IGADForPeace social media campaign in abid to advocate for peace and social development through arts.
The awardees for Kenya are film maker Wakarima Wangui, 30 and poets Norris Mwavita, 21, Troy Roy Njagi, 19 and Cheboi Wakoli who were awarded for their peace poems and peace film.
He applauded the awardees for their talent and encouraged them to pursue their dreams. He commended them for their creativity in advocating for peace through artistic approach to advance peace amongst the young generation for development. “It is a pleasure for me to meet, greet and award young promising talents in poetry and filmmaking in Nairobi today”, he said.
“Youth account for a large majority of our population, and they are the ones most confronted with challenges such as unemployment, violence and drugs. They are the voice for a peaceful future we need to hear. Talking the language of the youth through the youth is paramount in passing the message of good governance and peace building. At IGAD, we aim to leverage on young people’s talents through advocacy making them peace ambassadors,”he continued .
The peace campaign was aimed at highlighting the aspects that contribute to the promotion of peace within the IGAD region. This is due to the tension between countries and armed conflicts thrive.
Similar award ceremonies will be held in the Offices of the IGAD Heads of Mission in other IGAD member countries.