Kesha Gorajia emerges as the winner of Art of the City Campaign competition by Artcaffe 

Kesha Gorajia  emerged as the overall winner of the 2nd Edition of Art of the City Campaign by Artcaffe  competition which was launched during this year’s International Women’s Day under the theme “Her Story” aimed at celebrating and empowering women through the power of art.

Kesha Gorajia’s exceptional talent and artistic vision captivated the judges and stood out among numerous impressive entries. Her artwork beautifully conveyed the essence of the theme “Her Story,” reflecting the diverse narratives, struggles, and triumphs of women from all walks of life.

The competition which was launched on International Women’s Day under the theme #HerStory seeks to celebrate women around the world who have made meaningful impacts with their role in society and how the artist perceives this, creatively. From mothers to sisters, wives to friends, the art submitted celebrated women’s achievements and sought to inspire through expressive forms of art. Submissions were made digitally.

Judges Cyprian Kiswili (winner of the 1st edition of the Art of the City campaign held in 2020) and Adrian Nduma (celebrated artist, regularly displays at Artcaffé branches) had a challenging task ahead of them: filtering through 270 submissions from professional & amateur artists, children and adults alike.

Cyprian added: “Art is a powerful tool in our society. Through art, we have seen movements happen and conversations shift. This year’s theme encouraged brilliant submissions, forcing people to look within themselves and understand what role women played in their life. It’s been powerful to see different approaches to the theme that all celebrated women.”

This year’s winners included:

  • Overall winner: Kesha Gorajia
  • 1st runner up: Cecilia Gakenia
  • 2nd runner up: Victor Nderitu
  • People’s choice award (selected by public votes on Artcaffé’s social media pages): Dennis Andrew

The overall winner received a cash prize of KSH150,000 and a chance to exhibit and sell their work at an Artcaffé restaurant. In addition, artworks from the 4 winners will be printed on the iconic Artcaffè coffee cups and displayed on the Artcaffé website.