What started as a desire to help fellow girls who are targets of female circumcision has earned five from Kisumu recognition in not only Africa, but also globally.
The girls, who developed a mobile application aimed at ending female genital mutilation (FGM), are the new winners of the prestigious African of the Year Award 2018.
This was after a selection committee of the Daily Trust’s African of the Year Award, headed by former President of Botswana Festus Mogae settled on the five as the award winners.
They will bag $25,000 (about Sh2.5 million) prize money in addition to a specially-made plaque, and will be awarded and honoured at a ceremony in Abuja, Nigeria, next Wednesday.
The programme was started by Daily Trust Newspaper 11 years ago with the first winner being Congolese surgeon Dennis Mukwege, who recently won the Nobel Peace Prize.