Kenyan wins Iran-backed award on Silencing Guns in Africa

2021-09-22 20:04:29
Kenyan wins Iran-backed award on Silencing Guns in Africa

A Kenyan cartoonist has won an international award in a contest organized by the Iranian Embassy in Nairobi in collaboration with the African Union.

Nation Media Group’s Taifa Leo cartoonist Samuel Muigai, popularly known as Igah was feted on Tuesday after emerging top cartoonist in Kenya in the hotly contested World Cartoon Festival on “Applying arts and culture in silencing the guns in Africa”.

The festival seeks to use art to create awareness about the Africa Union’s initiative to achieve a conflict-free Africa, prevent genocide, make peace a reality for all and rid the continent of wars.

The festival's second edition started on December 1, 2020 and drew more than 1,000 participants from across the globe.

According a report appearing in The Daily Nation website, he clinched position 128 ahead of two other Kenyan cartoonists from different media houses, who were listed at position 194 and 205 respectively.

Brazilian cartoonist, Cau Gomez, took the first position globally in the festival which attracted a total of 687 participants.

He was followed by Ares from Cuba and Iranian Michel Moro Gomez at position two and three respectively.

The award giving ceremony was held on Tuesday in Nairobi during the International Day of Peace and Dialogue among Civilization.

Speaking during the event, Iranian Ambassador to Kenya Jafar Barmaki said his country is committed to enabling an African continent with strong cultural identity, common heritage and shared values.

He noted that it is only through this that Africa will rise above her adversities, achieve peace and development which is also in alignment with AU’s Agenda 2063 aimed at ending wars and violent conflicts in the continent.

“Guns are designed to protect lives but can easily turn lethal and destructive when they land into wrong hands as witnessed from several incidents across the world.

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