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Five Kisumu Girls High School students have been feted as top African innovators in the continent after developing a mobile app to help curb female genital mutilation.

The five consist of former and current students of the lakeside school.

Coming up with the app granted them an opportunity to be listed as beneficiaries of a trip to the US where they were to take part in an international technology contest.

Stacy Adhiambo Owino, Purity Achieng, Ivy Akinyi, Cynthia Otieno and Macrine Atieno jointly made a mobile application dubbed I-cut, an app they developed to help any girl at risk of FGM to reach the rescue center faster.

The five were shortlisted in a committee of the Daily Trust’s African of the Year award headed by the former Botswana head of state Festus Mogae.

The techies will be awarded in a formal ceremony slated for Wednesday next week in Abuja, Nigeria where they are expected to bag a KES 2.5M cash prize.

Kisumu ICT executive Michael Onyango congratulates Kisumu Girls' High School students for developing a mobile app on solving FGM challenges.
Kisumu ICT executive Michael Onyango congratulates Kisumu Girls’ High School students for developing a mobile app on solving FGM challenges.

According to Stacy Adhiambo, 18, the journey of developing the I-cut mobile app began way back in 2016.  Adhiambo is currently a first year student at JKUAT studying computer science.

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