Congratulations to all the winners of the Art for Road Safety Challenge! Big up to Rital Khasawneh for winning the challenge on Egypt Week, the team of Musa Ssempebwa, Patrick Musoke Hillington, Ronald Kushemererwa, and Steven Kyalire Fred for Uganda Week, and Pierre Sada Sarr for Senegal Week! The winners were selected young people from all over the world through the Global Youth Coalition’s Instagram account. The submission with the most likes/views wins the challenge for the respective week.
Last June 15, the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety and TotalEnergies Foundation launched the Art for Road Safety campaign- the first art challenge for safer mobility in the African continent. The campaign was set in Egypt, Uganda, and Senegal.
From June 6 to July 22, the Coalition featured different artists every week to raise awareness on road safety issues that include the dangers of speeding and the importance of wearing a helmet.
The first week featured Ahmed Fathy (Elna2ash), an internationally celebrated graffiti artist. The challenge was to recreate his piece that shows the dangers of speeding with the tagline “life has no reset button”.
Rital Khasawneh from Jordan won the first-week challenge by recreating Elna2ash’s graffiti in a drawing where she illustrates a vehicle and the damage it could get with every increase in speed the driver takes. Rital was awarded some art supplies.
The second week featured Sylar Robert Ssempijja, a dancer, breakdancer, choreographer, and teacher. The challenge was to recreate his dance to the song Yambala Helmet produced by Youth Arts Movement Uganda. The challenge received submissions from different parts of Africa, both with individual submissions and group submissions.
The winner for Uganda week was a group submission by Musa Ssempebwa, Patrick Musoke Hillington, Ronald Kushemererwa, and Steven Kyalire Fred. The group each received a motorcycle helmet for gathering the most views and likes during Uganda Week.
The final week featured Dieynaba Sidibé (Zeinixx) – the first female graffiti artist in Senegal who is internationally known for her mural work that highlights women empowerment. The challenge for Senegal week was to recreate Zeinixx’s mural that emphasized the importance of low-speed streets. The mural featured a large 30 sign that is reflective of this year’s theme for the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week - #StreetsforLife – which advocates for 30 km/h streets worldwide.
The winner for the Art for Road Safety challenge, Senegal Week, was Pierre Sada Sarr. He received a bike kit and a graffiti kit.
The objective of the art for road safety challenge was to get more young people in efforts to promote road safety and get more young people involved through an artistic intervention like graffiti, drawings, and dance.
With this, young people can take ownership of road safety issues in their areas and become local ambassadors in the most creative and original way possible.