Thank you to blogger Hot Secrets of her excellent coverageof our Dandora event!
JAL, JULIANI AND BONNY LAUNCH SMS PEACE LINE
In a collective effort to engage and empower youth across Kenya, Kenya’s most inspiring and social conscious lyricist Juliani, Emmanuel Jal,artist and award‐winning photo-activist Boniface Mwangi held what was a first in a series of youth meetings. In the country’s hip hop capital of Dandora on Sunday 4 September 2011. Dedicated to positive social change, Juliani’s ‘Kama Si Sisi’ initiative Emmanuel Jal’s ‘We Want Peace’ campaign, and Boniface’s Kenya Ni Kwetu movement came together on this momentous move of inspiration to engage, discuss and enlighten on the holistic elements of peace, reconciliation and development in Kenya. Influential youth, Kenyan Hip hop pioneers Ukoo Flani Mau Mau and Robah of Kalamashaka joined Juliani, Emmanuel and Boniface on a tour of Kenya’s biggest dumping site in Dandora. On arrival at the Mau Mau studio, Kenya’s hip hop birthplace, Juliani welcomed and hosted all those in attendance to his hometown, while Boniface Mwangi screened Picha Mtaani’s touching Heal The Nation documentary, focused on the tragedy that befell Kenyans after the 2007 December elections. Thought provoking conversation ensued, with a generic understanding on the urgent need to forge new mind‐sets across Kenya, adopting and embracing a culture of responsibility, accountability and change. “This is a project of champions’ said Juliani, “We will lead the realization in responsible living, education and work.” “Dependency as a way of thinking has to stop,” continued Emmanuel Jal. corroborating this, Boniface added, “2007 can never happen again, it’s time to bring about meaningful, long term change.” Following what was a historic discussion, documented on the social network, twitter, and triggering further debate online, the We Want Peace ’Commitment to Peace’ pledge, via the SMS 595 was officially launched by Juliani and Jal. “As of now, we are rallying the 595 army, 1 million Kenyans for peace,who will create a positive energy throughout the country in run up to the elections, they will protect Kenya responsibly and become inspiring leaders in their own communities” said Jal. “By texting 595, you have made a promise,through your quote, statement or thoughts, you’ve made a solid commitment, we want to know what you’re doing to ensure peace and development in Kenya.” Juliani weighed in, “All 1 million submissions if not more will then be handed by Emmanuel and I to the Government.”