[AUDIO] “I wish there was more gory pictures to show. We need to stare at our inhumanity so we can learn from it. We need to stare at the violence and look at the pictures and ask ourselves why have we become animals, or even worse than animals–we kill our own kind. We are not even killing them to eat them, we are killing them for pleasure or for politics. I want to make you so ANGRY, so UPSET and hope that you can learn from that.” — self-taught Kenyan photographer Boniface Mwangi who has won prestigious awards with his work is convinced that art and culture can confront us with the roots of injustice and help start a better day.

Africa in Progress – Radio show: Are gory pictures enough to heal a nation?

Guest: Boniface Mwangi (Kenya) 
Presenter: Sam Mpherwane (South Africa)
Duration: 30 mins plus music by Young, Gifted and Black (Kenya)

Aired originally: 10 September 2012

Is Africa in denial when it comes to tribalism? Our guest in this edition thinks so. He says tribalism is the big elephant in the room everybody sees but nobody wants to talk about.

He’s determined to take this big elephant out of the room before it’s too late again. This young self-taught photographer has already done so by confronting Kenyans with what he describes as the “gory” images he took of the Kenya post-election violence that swept their country in 2007.

Boniface Mwangi who has won prestigious awards with his work is convinced that art and culture can confront us with the roots of injustice and help start a better day.

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