Investigations are under way in Lavington, Kenya, following the discovery of the half-naked body of the renowned Kenyan LGBTQ+ activist Sheila Kawira Mwirichia, 34, on 3rd November.
Despite having been reported missing some weeks ago, police entered Ms Mwirchia’s apartment only on 3rd November following reports from a caretaker of a “foul smell” coming from the flat. The police broke down the door and found Ms Mwirchia’s decomposing body in the living room.
Ms Mwirchia, a dedicated defender of human rights, used her creativity to advocate for the rights of sexual and gender minorities.
One of her projects, ‘To Revolutionary Type Love’ saw her create art featuring celebrated LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questioning) rights activists.
She was a multi-disciplinary artist known internationally for her work which included traditional fine arts disciplines such as painting, drawing and sculpture.
She has curated and hosted several events to celebrate gender diversity and champion for the rights of gender and sexual minorities in Kenya.
Kawira received her Bachelor in Civil Engineering from the University of Nairobi.
Ms Mwirchia dedicated much of her time to working with Brighton based international charity Frontline AIDS.
Despite the best efforts of Ms Mwirchia and her colleagues, homosexual activity remains illegal in Kenya with many members of the country’s LGBTQ+ community fleeing overseas to claim asylum, chiefly in Great Britain or the United States.