WAKIBIA JAMES

Photographer by Profession

Mombasa, Kenya

A social activist for human and the environment by passion and draws his inspiration from mentors such as Wangari Mathaai and Boniface Mwangi.
He is the proud honoree of the Men Impact Change, 2016 for the efforts he is making in protecting and conserving the environment. A documentary he had done which highlighted the efforts of ordinary people doing extraordinary things in society won him the unsung heroes’ grand prize and a second place 2015 winner of German television Deustche Welle. He was also the initiator of the social media campaigns to free two babies from the hospital in 2015 after their parents could not be able to pay their hospital bills. He has successfully petitioned the Nakuru County Assembly to discuss recommendations on introducing an environment law so as to regulate plastic bags. The petition is currently in the committee stage.
Some of the challenges he has faced is dealing with people who are not environment conscious; who do not quite understand the importance of the environment for both the present and future generations and insufficient funds. Otherwise, his work would be felt and seen far and beyond.
Best quote; ''Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.''

Achievement
With advocacy and campaign #BanPlasticsKE Mr Wakibia got the cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources Professor Judy Wakhungu to gazete the ban of plastic bags in Kenya. This is a milestone for Environmental Human Rights Defenders and we applaud James for this.