First ever TEDx event in an African prison

November 18, 2015

First ever TEDx event in an African prison
“Behind the imposing walls, you learn that transition is not all about what many have stereotyped it to be. You learn to appreciate that transitions are meant to impact lives” 

Peter Ouko, inmate and law student supported by us and one of our TEDx Kamiti Prison Speakers.

Kenya Prisons Service, Kamiti Maximum Security Prison was the first time a TEDx event was held in an African prison. A total of ten speakers drawn from both inside and outside the prison walls, including prison staff, inmates and innovators from the technology and education sectors talked on the theme “Loud Silent Voices.”

There were over 300 guests in attendance, 120 guests from outside the prison from many nongovernmental organisations and our sponsors (Nailab, Mosound, Coulson Harney & Rendeavour). The chief guest was the Chief Justice of Kenya, Willy Munyoki Mutunga.
The event served as an ideal platform for the prison community members to present their ideas, highlight their personal invaluable contribution to reform and transformation, and to inspire the lives of others within and beyond prison.

Mr. Patrick Mwenda, the Officer in Charge of Naivavsha Maximum Prison, emphasised how an institutional shift to rehabilitation and education programmes in prisons not only improve security within prisons but also helps prisoners to live truly crime free lives.

Key speakers were Peter Ouko and William Okumu, inmates who are currently studying law with our support. Peter continues to inspire and make a difference in prison and beyond and is the founder of ‘Crime Si Poa’ (Crime is not cool) an initiative that aims to educate the community and particularly youth on crime and its consequences.

Watch inmate Peter Ouko's TEDx Talk below.

Kamiti and Lang’ata female Maximum Security Prisons also showcased the work created by the prison industries, while Nailab, showcased some of their innovations aimed at addressing social problems such as road accidents by motorcyclists.

Alexander McLean, our founder and Director General, closed the talks by paying tribute to the invaluable contribution of prison staff and inmates in championing change in their communities and nations.