Lenga Ugaidi na Talanta is an initiative that seeks to channel youth creativity towards countering the violent extremist narrative. This is a short film, poetry, and music competition targeting Kenyan youth under 35 years in the fight against radicalization, violent extremism and terrorism. The first edition of the competition – held in July last year, 2017 – was a success attracting hundreds of youth across the country under one course of fighting violent extremism.
This year, the competition begins on October 1, 2018 through to November 16, 2018. The public announcement of the winner will be on December 5, 2018. The prizes include Ksh. 500,000 for the winner, Ksh. 250,000 for 1st runners-up, Ksh. 100,000 for 2nd runners-up, and a smartphone or laptop for the youngest entrant. There will be two additional categories this year, Poetry and Music, with the winning prizes at Ksh 100,000 per category.

Themes for this year

The true meaning of Jihad

Jihad is arguably the most misused term in Islam. Terrorists relay it as an obligation to fight anyone that counters their narrative. (more…)

The role of women and children in radicalization and Terrorism

In the past men have been dominating the list of terrorists; however, there is the increased use of women and children by terrorist groups. (more…)

The role of Social Media in radicalisation and Terrorism

Terrorists groups such as the Al Shabaab have taken advantage of the open and ungoverned architecture of the Internet. (more…)

How to effectively and responsibly respond to terror attacks

In the unfortunate event of a terrorist attack, inappropriate response to the incident may lead to more injuries and deaths, some regrettably not inflicted by the terrorists. (more…)

Peer responsibility

During radicalization a young man or woman may exhibit varied indicators such as: sudden changes in their outlook and appearances. (more…)