The moral decay of teenagers in Nairobi came to the fore on Thursday when a trending twitter hashtag #ifikieWazazi (Parents Beware) exposed the nature of photos this lot has been taking in the name of photography.
The teenagers have been taking graphic photos surprisingly in public places which include Nairobi’s arboretum. The photos were then uploaded in an Instagram account full of raunchy pictures.
The #ifikieWazazi campaign was started by concerned professional photographers who felt that the teenagers’ indulgences was giving their trade a bad name because that is not what photography and modeling is all about. They also sought to bring the issue to the attention of parents, who are mostly clueless on what their children are up to on social media.
Concerned members of the public took upon themselves to name and shame those they identified in the photos.
‘Graphic photoshoots’: concerns about a ‘Project X’ reworking
The activities surrounding the #ifikewazazi hashtag have rekindled memories of the famous “Project X” that made headlines in 2016 after a poster advertising a wild party involving sexual orgies, alcohol and drug abuse, targeting people of all ages and especially young people went viral on social media.
HIV prevalence is high amongst Kenyan teenagers
Kenya has one of the highest populations of young people living with HIV/Aids and going by the trends above, it’s not surprising to see why.
According to statistics from the National Aids Control Council (NACC), there are 238,987 young people between the ages of 15 to 24 years living with HIV.
Just saying ‘no sex’ doesn’t work
A report published in 2017 revealed that Kenyan teenagers are sexually active, and they wanted to know more about contraception than being preached to about abstinence.
According to the report entitled ‘From Paper to Practice: Sexuality Education Policies and Their Implementation’, the teenagers condemned the sexuality education curriculum for being too moralistic and said they wanted to be taught how to use contraceptives and where to get them as part of their sex education in schools.