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Crowds gathering at the #TeamCourage Exhibition outside the National archives in Nairobi. The exhibition is meant to showcase Kenya's heroes. [Photo: Njenga Hakeenah]
Crowds gathering at the #TeamCourage Exhibition outside the National archives in Nairobi. The exhibition is meant to showcase Kenya's heroes. [Photo: Njenga Hakeenah]

Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, Boniface Mwangi and Ory Okolloh team up to recognise Kenya’s heroes

What does Chief Justice Willy Mutunga, activist Boniface Mwangi and Ory Okolloh have in common?

Well, in an exhibition that has been ongoing for the past three days along Tom Mboya Avenue in Nairobi, the three personalities have ‘teamed’ up to communicate to Kenyans what being a true hero is.

In the exhibition detailing Kenya’s struggles from independence till now, Dr. Mutunga, Mwangi and Okolloh have aroused curiosity and interest going by the numbers flocking the exhibition where the statue of the iconic Tom Mboya stands.

The three have their own views of who a hero is with Okolloh saying:

Some of the heroes from pre-independence Kenya to those who fought valiantly for the motherland have been carefully cataloged to portray the true essence of being a hero. Some of them were raped, tortured and others had their lives cut short as the country fought to free itself from the stranglehold of slavery under colonialism.

There are moving pictures of Kenyans from all walks of life who are signing on the board what their acts of courage are and what it would take to propel this country to great heights.

Mwangi, well known for his unflattering approach to matters human rights abuses, says that the exhibition- #TeamCourage- which closes on November 20 is still looking for images from the 90’s struggle (2nd liberation) which will be put up in the heroes exhibition.

CJ Mutunga quotes renowned writer Ngugi wa Thiong’o as having described perfectly who a hero is.

The exhibition has featured the likes of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, Oloitiptip, Pio Gama Pinto, Syokimau and others who fought to liberate the country from the colonialists.

The exhibition detailing Kenya’s struggles has Kenyans from all walks of life sharing their sentiments regarding Kenya's peaceful co-existence and growth. [Photo: Njenga Hakeenah]
The exhibition detailing Kenya’s struggles has Kenyans from all walks of life sharing their sentiments regarding Kenya’s peaceful co-existence and growth. [Photo: Njenga Hakeenah]
It has also not left the dark period between 2007 and 2008 when Kenya descended to a new low when Kenyans turned against each other. In the period, more than a thousand Kenyans died while hundreds of thousands were displaced from their homes.

The pain is still being felt today.

One of those manning the exhibition says that chronicling the events that have marked transitions in the country will give Kenyans a better perspective of how standing up for something can help change the course of the nation.

During the launch, organizers said it was for those willing to walk the talk, to be the change they want to see.

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Photos from the ongoing #TeamCourage event. Boniface Mwangi has unveiled the upcoming ‘Heroes Project’ and #TeamCourage…

Posted by PAWA 254 on Tuesday, 13 October 2015

And when all is said, will Kenyans finally stand and do what needs to be done?

A senior banker in the country says that Kenya is an independent minded country but there is a twist he fails to understand when it comes to politics.

He decries that the euphoria in politics renders Kenyans to be empty heads even though they consciously choose not to buy endorsed products despite their recycling poorly-performing politicians over and over.

Boniface Mwangi, Ory Okolloh and Chief Justice Willy Mutunga have defined who a real hero is. The question is, will Kenyans ever be the heroes they want to see?

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