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GEI 14 Speakers Bio

Friday 29th April 2022

Dave Ojay

NAAM Festival

Dave Ojay, Kenyan artist, is the founder of NAAM Festival, a creative activism platform running the #JusticeforLakeVictoria campaign since 2015. The pollution and destruction of the lake’s ecosystem and other water ways is the motivation factor. 

NAAM means YES in Swahili and LAKE in Dholuo languages from Kenya. The festival uses art as an advocacy tool for action and acknowledge it is time for regeneration and protection while cultivating community ownership. Art has the power to provoke meaningful reflections, dialogue and laws/regulations towards realizing climate justice. Guiding philosophy is turning threats to opportunities simply because the planet destruction jig saw is now personal. Through NAAM and creative activism, Ojay also a TEDx Oysterbay speaker and a NATGEO Explorer, aspires to push for a shift towards prosperity (people and planet) rather than profit.

Most recently Ojay and other creatives began a circular economy campaign using Waste – to – Art concepts or installations to push attitude and behavior change in deducing pollution while promoting Environmental Citizenship for accountability. A 2021 alumni/fellow of Danida Fellowship Centre in Copenhagen for Sustainable Development Goals implementation and champion.