Boniface Mwangi is an award winning Kenyan photographer. For four years he held a staff photographer position at The Standard, the second largest Kenyan newspaper, taking on various assignments of increasing responsibility in a number of countries. Boniface became the eye of Kenyans during the 2007 post-election violence and in 2009, the then Secretary of State of the United States, Hillary Clinton, wrote a letter commending him for his work. His images have appeared in many of the world’s most important newspapers along with other international publications. Boniface Mwangi studied human rights and documentary photography at New York University, USA, and has been recognized as a Magnum Photography Fellow and twice as the CNN Multichoice Africa Photojournalist of the Year.
Boniface began organising political resistance under the banner Kenya ni Kwetu (Kenya is our Home) in the face of what he saw as “irresponsible leadership and a culture of impunity”. He also runs PAWA254, a collaborative hub for creatives in Kenya where journalists, artists and activists meet to find innovative ways of achieving social change. Additionally, Boniface is also the founder of Picha Mtaani, a youth-led peace initiative that primarily seeks to create space for young people to reconcile and become agents of reconciliation to their respective communities.