Boniface Mwangi is one of the Prince Claus Laureates for 2012. The photographs Boniface Mwangi took of the violence during and after the 2007 Kenyan elections turned him into an acclaimed photojournalist. Mwangi also actively spray paints murals in Nairobi to raise awareness about the current political situation in Kenya.
As the founder of the Mtaani initiative, he is also a media partner of the Hivos Kenya Media Programme. Mtaani aims to give rise to a new generation of journalists, both at a professional and citizen level. His recently launched website, ‘Mavulture – Striving After Truth’, is now one of the most popular websites in the Kenya. Mwangi is also the founder of PAWA254, a creative space for young people to generate work that has a social impact, and he was featured in the ‘Africa Rising’ edition of TIME magazine.
As a dedicated media facility, the Hivos Kenya Media Programme provides a range of activities aimed at improving the professionalism and effectiveness of the media in Kenya. The programme focuses particularly on public interest and investigative or quality journalism.