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  1. 1. tribalpoliticsthe price of the story of kenya’s post-election violence through the lens of a photojournalist boniface mwangi
  2. 2. meet boniface mwangi - Award Winning Kenyan Photojournalist BONIFACE WAS THE EYE of Kenyans during the post-election violence andcreative consultants showed courage and compassion to capture the images across the countrypink-foot consult .net that made newspaper headlines all over the world. To capture the moment,creative@pink-foot he had to be on the frontline where everything was going down. are During the post-election skirmishes he took thousands of photos, some soall photos in this book gory they couldn’t be published. He covered the post-election violence atproper ty of boniface mwangi d a great personal risk and sacrifice, more so given the heavy-handednessand may not be reproduce way without prior that the Kenyan police displayed at anywritten notice. His coverage of those attacks entailed great danger as, more often than not, he had to falsify his ethnic identity. He had to show courage in© boniface mwangi 2010 documenting the plight of ordinary Kenyans caught up in the pre and post gwww.pichamtaani.or election violence that rocked the country and see the story through. He has worked on assignments in Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, China, Somalia, Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, France and he covered the election of President Barack Obama in the USA. His work has been exhibited at the French Cultural Centre Nairobi, Goethe Institute, the national Museums of Kenya, The Godown Art Centre and New York at the Tank Art Studio. His work has appeared in virtually all the important newspapers in the world, from The New York Times to The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, The international Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Boston Globe and the BBC Focus on Africa magazine among other International publications. He is the first Kenyan to be named the CNN Africa Photojournalist of the Year in 2008. In 2009 his post election work was highly commended in the CNN Africa Photojournalist of the Year Award. He went on to win the Award in 2010. "Your photography is absolutely stunning and tells an important and powerful story for the world to hear," said Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State in a 2009 letter she wrote to Boniface Mwangi commending his Post election violence work. Currently he is the project director of Picha Mtaani, a UN-funded initiative that focuses on reconciliation through photographic exhibitions and debate.