Themes for this year

The themes for this year were as explained below.

1. Peer responsibility (Identifying early warning signs of radicalization among
peers)
During radicalization a young man or woman may exhibit varied indicators such as: sudden changes in their outlook and appearances, changes in perception and reasoning, showing empathy and sympathy towards these extremist groups. Some will also prefer solitude making them withdraw from family and friends. Early Warning is the ability to, in a timely manner, identify signs, indicators and pointers of recruitment and radicalization, with a view to prevent the process from turning violent or escalating. Create a short video, Poem or song (Not more than five minutes) to illustrate: The early warning signs of radicalization among the youth

2. 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. For instance jumping from high floors of attacked buildings, running towards sounds of gunshots, scampering for safety leading to a stampede among other unsuitable actions.
TASK: Create a short video, Poem or song (Not more than five minutes) to illustrate: how to effectively and responsibly respond in the unfortunate event of an attack. The scene may be set in a campus, mall, religious institution scenario, etc. Include appropriate actions that may be undertaken during such incidents.

3. 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. They have flooded online platforms with recruitment and radicalization content that get reposted and forwarded uncontrollably among Kenyan youth. Common platforms in Kenya include WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Telegram among others.
TASK: Create a short video, Poem or song (Not more than five minutes) to illustrate:
i. How violent extremists use social media to recruit and radicalize the youth.
ii. How the youth can use online platforms to counter violent extremists’ narratives.

4. The role of women and children in radicalisation 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. In Kenya, many young women are on the police terrorist watchlist, others have been killed as they attempted terrorist attacks in country, tens of others have crossed over to Somalia and Libya to fight alongside the militants.

TASK: Create a short video, Poem or song (Not more than five minutes) to illustrate:
i. The new phenomenon of women terrorists
ii. How women can spearhead the fight against recruitment, radicalization and terrorism.

5. 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. In the religious concept, as described by the Quran and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Jihad is neither a violent concept nor a declaration of war against other religions. It refers to internal and external efforts to be a good Muslim or believer, as well as working to inform people about the faith of Islam.
TASK: Create a short video, Poem or song (Not more than five minutes) to illustrate:
i. The “Best Jihad” and it’s Prerequisites.
ii. Different forms of Jihad.
iii. Challenge the extremists’ jihad narratives juxtaposition with Quran and teachings of Prophet
Muhammad (PBUH)

The winners were

Winner Alex Wabela

1st runners up Dennis Nderitu

2nd runners up Mungai Kinyanjui

Best In Music Maureen Lugano

Best In Poetry Caroline Ngorobi

Young Entrant Lox Ponde

Judges Award Alufwani Jacktone