Friday, 20 November 2009


CNN photojournalist Boniface Mwangi received a letter from the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lauding him for his “incredible talent”.
The letter dated September 4, thanks Boniface for sending Hillary a copy of his book Kenya Burning. This is a collection of photos by nine photographers who risked their lives to take photos during and after the disputed 2007 election.
Boniface Mwangi and Yasuyoshi Chiba are the two main photographers whose work is featured prominently in the book. The others are Thomas Mukoya, Tom Otieno, Allan Gichigi, Arno Kopecky, Anne Holmes, Georgina Goodwin and the Star’s Charles Kimani.
The letter said in part: “You posses an incredible talent and I must share my congratulations for many accomplishments and awards. Please know you have my best wishes for continued success in your career.”
Boniface said that the book got to Hillary through US envoy Michael Ranneberger, a personal friend but lamented at the slow pace the book is taking to get to President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga who have yet to acknowledge receipt.
Other high profile personalities who have received the book include Ghanaian President John Kufour, former president Daniel Arap Moi and Professor Philip Alston.