30 September 2015, Nairobi – The story of a Kenyan teenager who had AIDS, told in his own words shortly before he died, is one of the winning scripts in the AJAN competition Youth Movies for Life and Love.
The second edition of the competition has 30 winners out of 118 entries – all children and adolescents attending Jesuit and other Catholic schools and centres in 12 sub-Saharan countries, truly reflecting the AJAN rainbow of Africa and Madagascar.
The selected scripts in English and French will be made into mini-films that will serve as important tools for HIV prevention among youth, not least in the AHAPPY program of AJAN.
“I remember in a special way Ayub Meme from Cottolengo Centre, a home for AIDS-affected children and adolescents in Nairobi,” said Pauline Wanjau, AHAPPY program manager at AJAN.
“Ayub was 21 and had been taken in by the Cottolengo missionaries at the age of four after he lost lost both parents. He tried to give his story from the perspective of a young person living with HIV. It is my hope that his script will keep telling his story although he has left us, and that it may inspire other young people.”
The script-writing competition took place throughout 2014. The entries were judged by a jury of educators and youth animators who implement the AHAPPY in different African countries. It was a tight contest: each script had three readers and, to win, it needed to be informative, value-based and appealing to youth.
Below is a list of the competition winners:
|1||Janet Njau||Loreto Valley Road Secondary School||Kenya|
|2||Rutendo Madziwo||Monte Cassino Girls’ High School||Zimbabwe|
|3||Achieng Veronica Oduor||St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School||Kenya|
|4||Kuntai Yvonne||Jesuit Hakimani Centre||Kenya|
|5||Isaac Odokorach||Ocer Campion Jesuit College, Gulu||Uganda|
|6||Group of: Jane Pauline Pamba
Terry Maurine Mungai
|Loreto High School Limuru||Kenya|
|7||Group of: Cynthia Ikirezi
|St. Ignatius High School||Rwanda|
|8||Francine Singa||Ecole St. Ignace, Kisangani||DRC|
|9||Eric Boley||Parlons SIDA, Kisangani||DRC|
|11||Group of: Ny Ony Arielle
Ny Aina Aurore
Vony Eva Aimee
|College St. Michel||Madagascar|
|12||Atiko Anthony||Ocer Campion Jesuit College, Gulu||Uganda|
|13||Bosco Odong||Ocer Campion Jesuit College, Gulu||Uganda|
|14||Mushitu Duchesse||College Bonsomi||DRC|
|15||Gbandi Aicha||Centre Esperance Loyola (CEL)||Togo|
|16||Waithira Kimathi||Loreto High School, Limuru||Kenya|
|17||Lyly||Parlons SIDA Kisangani||DRC|
|18||Kelvin Mokaya||St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School||Kenya|
|19||Jane Pauline Pamba||Loreto High School, Limuru||Kenya|
|20||Jeanne Tresor||Parlons SIDA ,Kisangani||DRC|
|21||Philomene Kadinga||College Ntemo||DRC|
|22||Vatia Irakiza||Lycee du St. Esprit||Burundi|
|23||Kalodji Reyna||College Bonsomi||DRC|
|24||Nelson Juma||St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School||Kenya|
|25||Ireri Praise||Loreto Convent Girls Matunda||Kenya|
|26||Deborah Tshibangu||College Ntemo||DRC|
|27||Gael Eboma||College Ntemo||DRC|
|28||Aber Racheal Aboda||Ocer Campion Jesuit College, Gulu||Uganda|
|30||Late Ayub Meme||Cottolengo Centre, Nairobi||Kenya|