Kenyan blogger and activist wins Google Africa competition

Author: Sandra Chao, Business Daily (Kenya), Published on: 2 April 2014

Kenyan blogger Sitawa Wafula has emerged one of the five winners of the Google Africa competition Africa Connected. Ms Wafula, a rape survivor who is both epileptic and bipolar, says she had difficulty accessing information on both rape and the bipolar disorder leading her to set up a blog journal championing mental health rights across East Africa...Ms Wafula, like all the other five winners, received $25,000 (Sh2.1 million) to invest in her ideas and have greater social impact...“With the money, I would like to start a resource centre for people with mental health problems so that people with problems can have a place to acquire more information...,” she says...The competition was launched last year to highlight stories of how the Internet has been able to transform the lives of people across the continent. It sought the best stories of how the Internet has been used to either solve a problem, create opportunities for individuals and communities as well as enable people earn a living. [refers to YouTube]

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