Who are we

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.

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.

Partcipating Categories


Music
Short films
Poetry

Meet The Winners for 2018

Season Two was wonderful and here are the winners.

Caroline Ngorobi

Best In Poetry

Mungai Kinyanjui

2nd runners up

Lox Ponde

Young Entrant

Dennis Nderitu

Winner

Schedule

The Lenga Ugaidi Na Talanta Competition 2018 came to an end on December 5th occasioned by the Gala awards. Invited guests and participants graced the event at Norfolk to witness the awarding of the best content makers under the theme ‘Fighting Terrorism Through Art’. 2018 competition was launched on 1st October 2018 which was also the official opening for submissions with the deadline slated for 16th November. Thereafter, a panel of judges selected the best 7 nominees from the various categories; Poetry, Music and Film submissions. This was then followed by the gala event where they were feted. This year’s competition included two new categories Music and Poetry, a step made to accommodate different types of art in the fight against terrorism. Participants both male and female originate from various parts of the country. Categorised into 7 spots, the winner of the day was awarded Ksh 500,000, 1st runners up walked away with Ksh250,000 as the 2nd runners up took home 100,000. Winners of the Music and Poetry categories walked away with Ksh100,000 each. The judges’ award came with a Smartphone as the price and the youngest entrant a Tablet. In attendance was the Government spokesman Eric Kiraithe among other heads in the interior ministry and education ministry..

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  • Entries

    2020

  • Submissions

    2021

17th October 2019

Entries for 2019 are open

17th November 2019

Submission deadline

11th December 2019

Awards Gala

15th December 2019

Review and closure

10th October 2019

Community Walk in Kayole

13th October 2019

Football Bonanza

April

Approval to launch the new mission

July

Vision for new season read by CEO

August

Launch extended program

February

invite government and NGO participation

May

Sensitization in school

July

Youth summit

February

Youth Summit 2

March

School rollout

July

Team building

August

Submissions for the year

November

Close applications

December

Receive Submissions

December

Award night

December

Gala Event

2019 Themes

Here are the the themes for 2019

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
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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.
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The role of Social Media in radicalisation and Terrorism

  • 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.
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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.
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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)
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