Kaskazi, Gravitti Band, Teardrops headline Ideathon Awards


Ideathon Awards

The Ideathon Awards concert, happening this Friday at Alliance Francaise will bring together entertainers, thought leaders and progressive young Kenyans in one setting, to explore the role of youth in contraception access in order to make the future of Kenya brighter.

Reggae band Gravitti, Kaskazini, the music trio of the Sol Generations stable and one of Kenya’s leading poets, Teardrops, are set to present stellar performances on the #formnigani stage, on Valentine’s Day.

We welcome all Kenyans to be part of the #FormNiGani movement and join the youth engagement in the conversation of contraception access in Kenya. The concert is scheduled to start after the Ideathon awards ceremony, which will crown the best positive solutions from Kenyan youth, towards achieving a brighter future Kenya with contraception as central for development.

The winning team from participants of the #formnigani Ideathon challenge (November 2019 – January 2020) will take home Ksh. 100,000 as grand prize, with 4 runners up getting Ksh. 25,000 and Ksh. 5,000 each for a selection of shortlisted entries. The contest tasked all Kenyan youth, including a cross section of university students, to bring their fresh, youthful ideas to help chart the right path for Kenya, by generating positive solutions sustainable and equitable development in Kenya with contraception as central.

This contest is off the back of the launch of Form Ni Gani’s Kenya in 2030: Young Voices on Future Scenarios and Contraception report, which identifies contraception as key to unlocking Kenya’s future. Drawing from insights and aspirations of young Kenyans and data from prevailing trends, the Kenya in 2030 report analyses a number of key drivers of contraception in Kenya, including socio-economic status, the health system, global influence and the market system to paint a picture of the state of Kenya in 2030 in four plausible scenarios – Upendeleo, Ukaidi, Utegemeo and the optimistic and ideal Uwakilishi. Young Kenyans have identified Uwakilishi as the scenario they would prefer the country to mirror in 2030 and are making their contributions towards the achievement of this through the #formnigani Ideathon.

The event will also feature a photo exhibition – shot by Boniface Mwangi spotlighting portrait images of Kenyans from all walks of life, including creatives of this movement, looking at 2063 and their plans for the future. The exhibition is part of #FormNiGani creatives movement creating awareness on contraception and future planning.

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