In 2016, Scope helped launch #formnnigani (“What’s the plan” in Sheng) as an inclusive platform to help Kenyan youth creatively discuss and showcase positivity for family planning. #Formnigani aimed to advance Kenyans’ constitutionally protected right to access quality contraceptive services as part of the country’s universal healthcare coverage. Many young Kenyans recognise the link between family planning and a successful future for themselves and their country overall. However, Kenya’s government has had to rely heavily on external donors to support publicly accessible contraception, with these programmes facing significant cuts in recent years.
To help address this issue, the #formnigani platform has brought together hundreds of artists, activists, and opinion shapers from across Kenya over the past four year to help raise awareness of the need to increase government funding for contraceptive services. Through engaging youth-centric campaigns, the platform reached millions of Kenyans and started important conversations about the often-taboo subject of family planning. However, the COVID-19 pandemic response resulted in Kenya’s government and donors shifting funds away from supporting family planning information and methods. If contraceptive programming remains underfunded, the long-term consequences could include higher teen pregnancy rates, a rise in unplanned pregnancies, and deaths from unsafe abortions, along with knock-on effects for the country’s economic growth.
In response, #formnigani once again served as a channel for young Kenyans to make their voices heard to their communities and their leaders on the topic of access to contraception. The project launched a creative challenge in December 2020, #FormNiKurepresent (loosely translating to represent for your fellow youth), calling on young people to use their creativity and skills to highlight the urgent need for more public funding of contraceptive services during the pandemic and beyond. The challenge drew more than 60 submissions from Kenyan youth across four categories. In just under two months, #FormNiKurepresent reached over 1 million Kenyans through social media, inspiring a generation to speak up about an issue of vital importance to their future and that of their nation.
Check out the Gold winners in each category and follow the links to read more about the artists and see all of the winners.
Painting, Mixed Media, and Print: Lucy Mwangi
Illustrations and Drawings: Martin Mutisya
Illustrations and Drawings: Lilian Kaguri
Hip Hop: Antonela Akiru
R&B: Jasmine Mwangi
Gengetone: A-Zee Coptel & Levi Leveex
Spoken Word: Kidaka Dorcas Lungashi
Dear person who will find this letter,
As a guy, they say the beginning of the end of your life happens when you meet a girl. I thought my life hung precariously on a cliff’s edge dangling by the long string of all my regrets and crushed dreams. I was ready to pummel down the hopeless abyss that lay below… Read more.
Story: Valerie Atonya Kidavasi
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