Esther Wambui Githinji’s winning design has today graced Google’s Kenya homepage to commemorate the country’s 50 year anniversary and Mashujaa Day.
Esther – who beat over 4,000 entrants to emerge the winner – received a reward of Kshs 800,000 (in school fees sponsorship) and another Kshs 800,000 technology grant to her school as well as an Android tablet device for herself and teacher.
School children from across Kenya – from Standard 1 through to secondary school Form 4 – took part in the first nationwide Doodle 4 Google contest. The competition theme was “My Kenya”, marking 2013 as a monumental year for the country with the recent national elections, as well as the Jubilee celebrations (50 years since independence). The judges selected the top 30 finalists who are all viewable here.
Doodle 4 Google is a program that invites students to use their artistic talents to think big and redesign our homepage logo for millions to see. This year, in celebration of Kenya’s Jubilee year, we are challenging students all across Kenya to design their own “doodle” using the theme “My Kenya”
Previously, Google has designed and displayed Doodles to mark Jamhuri Day, the Masai Mara wildebeest migration and the March 4 General Election.