Children’s channel Cartoon Network Africa has selected 11-year-old Nigerian Daniella Soje as one of the winners of its PowerPuff Girls Award competition.
Selected out of 3,000 entries, her project is named Trash to Art and won the artistic creator category. It is aimed at converting everyday rubbish into beautiful works of art.
Soje is on a mission to equip more than 100 kids and teenagers in Lagos with skills that can make them financially independent and also motivate them to keep their environment clean.
She said: “I am so appreciative of the judges for selecting my Trash to Art project.”
Other winners include 10-year-old Uviwe Bubu from South Africa, who won the social helper category for her Mini Sparkles sanitary care project, and 12-year-old Mwangala Maunga from Zambia, who won the science and tech innovator category for her solar water purifier.
The PowerPuff Girls Awards were launched in August to empower young African girls between the ages of nine and 14 to come up with ideas that can make a difference in their community.
The awards were given at the Turner Upfront event in Johannesburg and winners received cash prizes to help bring their entries to life with the help of a dedicated mentor.
“I applaud the work of Cartoon Network’s PowerPuff Girls Awards for the time and effort they put into this award process, which promotes awareness and recognition for African children with creativity and talent. This will definitely encourage other children in Africa,” said Jaime Ondarza, senior VP for Turner Southern Europe & Africa and CEO of Boing.
“The PPG Awards is an excellent example of how we can help celebrate and empower young girls through such innovative projects. The winners in each category demonstrated a positive impact in people’s lives in their communities and it is awe-inspiring to see the difference they’ve made.”