The Star (Nairobi)

26 February 2014

Kenyans to Feature in Sh2 Million Google Innovation Finals

Two Kenyans are among ten finalists in the Google's Africa Connected competition which kicked off on February 18

Steve Kyenze and Sitewa Wafula were selected from 2,200 entries from 35 countries and stand a chance of winning two million each to support their businesses. They are now requesting for public support through online voting at http://www.africaconnected.com/ which will run untill March 7.

The competition will award five winners on April 1 and the winners will also have the opportunity to work with a Google sponsor over a six-month period to further their online business success.

Sitawa owns a business that helps create awareness about mental health conditions in the country. This is mainly achieved through her blog which she created using Google Blogger that has become a reference point for people looking for support and information on mental health conditions.

"With your support and care, people with mental health disorders can rise to great heights in career development like other people," she says.

Her business falls under the NGO/community category in the competition. Other categories included education. entertainment/arts/sports, technology and small businesses.

Kyenze has devised an innovative way of raising school fees for disadvantaged children living in Kibera slums. He uses Google Search to find inspiring images which he teaches the children to develop their own paintings at his Uweza Art Gallery.

"We nurture the children's talents and at the same time ensure they are getting education. Most of them can not afford to go to school because their parents are poor. We sell their paintings so that we can pay their school fees," he says.

His entry falls falls under the education/art/sports category.

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