A group of four students from KisumuÂ girlâ€™sÂ high school, and one from Jkuat, have been picked as the winners ofÂ AfricanÂ of the year award
TheÂ innovators received the global recognition award for developing a mobile application â€˜i-cutâ€™
A group of four students from KisumuÂ girlâ€™sÂ high school, and one from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat), have been picked as the winners ofÂ AfricanÂ of the year award.
TheÂ innovatorsÂ Stacy Owino, 18, from Jkuat, Cynthia Otieno, Purity Achieng, Mascrine Atieno and Ivy Akinyi from KisumuÂ Girls, all aged between 16-18 years of age, received the global recognition award for developing a mobile application â€˜i-cutâ€™ which connects KenyanÂ girlsÂ affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to legal and medical assistance a year ago.
The group christened restorers, which aims at preventing FGM in specific areas such as Kisii, Somali, Samburu and Maasai-land will be, awarded Sh2.5 million prize money of at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, next week.
Speaking after declaring the students as winners of the much coveted prize in Africa, head of brand marketing at media trust limited gift Ilesanmi said that theÂ innovatorsÂ beat several dozen nominees to join a special group of eleven distinguishedÂ Africans, including the Nobel peace prize winner and Congolese surgeon Dennis Mukwege, who have won the award over the past eleven years.
The entry that closely resembles petals, anÂ anti-FGMÂ appÂ developed by Coventry University and rolled out in Wolverhampton at the United Kingdom has specific features that help those at risk to communicate and get help from the relevant authorities in the country. It is fitted with a call button, text in-app, an informative blog for the public, a get feedback rescue button, and a donate feature which allows various organisations, companies and individual well-wishers to help run the rescue centers by delivering donations in various forms.
The group based at Lakehub Incubation Centre in Kisumu was the only team picked to represent theÂ AfricanÂ continent in the 2017 technovation challenge sponsored by Google, Verizon and the United Nations at the Silicon Valley, USA.
According to Stacy Adhiambo who is currently pursuing computer science at Jkuat, the group formed two years ago has partnered with several non-governmental organizations to restore hope to hopelessÂ girlsÂ in remote areas.
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