The World Youth Alliance Africa held a successful national Youth Summit at the Ufungamano, Nairobi. This year’s Summit attracted more than 200 youth leaders, with the theme "Kenyan youth: A force for economic development and change." The aim of the annual summit is to educate youth leaders on responsible citizenship, importance of life, peace and to engage on issue based dialogue on how we can move Kenya forward.
The year, WYA Africa introduced the Inaugural Dignity and Solidarity Award. The award seeks to reward and encourage initiatives by individuals or corporate bodies that affirm the dignity of the human person or promote solidarity. The award will be an annual medal without monetary value. Members of the World Youth Alliance Africa nominate the winners. The 2012 winner is the Kenyans for Kenya initiative by Safaricom (A leading telecom company) which mobilized the power of the masses to affirm the dignity of the starving Kenyans in Northern Kenyan and created a sense of solidarity among the Kenyan people.
In addition, WYAA introducted the Inaugural Friendship Award. The award seeks to reward and recognize individuals or corporate bodies that have supported the Work of the World Youth Alliance Africa the 2012 winner was Mr. Oscar Beauttah, a renowned former BBC journalist who sits both at the International Board of World Youth Alliance and the regional advisory board.
The other Annual award is the Alumni Award. The award seeks to recognize former staff and interns who continue to promote World Youth Alliance ideals in their present engagements. The 2012 winner is Irene Nyambura Mwangi a former Regional Director who is currentently working with the truth and Justice Commission