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Kenyan Tech Founder Nelly Cheboi Crowned CNN 2022 Hero

12 Dec, 2022 | 10:27 AM

Nelly Cheboi Crowned CNN hero of the year
Nelly Cheboi Crowned CNN hero of the year

In Summary

Nelly Cheboi who hails from Kenya won the award for her work where she secured computers for children in her village through her company TechLit Africa

30 year old Nelly Cheboi is the new CNN hero.

Nelly Cheboi who hails from Kenya won the award for her work where she secured computers for children in her village through her company TechLit Africa.

Nelly received the award in the company of her mother at a ceremony which was held at the American Museum of Natural history.

In her speech, the software engineer said her aim is to reach more children and introduce them to the world of computers at a young age.

“I want to get to 100 schools which translates to 40,000 school-going children. We need to rewrite what it means to grow up in rural Africa because people can work glamorous jobs and still work in your community.”

The CNN hero will receive Ksh 12.3 Million to help her continue with her work. She will also receive Ksh 1.23 million cash award together with the other top 10 heroes, grants, organization training and support from the elevate prize foundation. 

Cheboi will also be named an Elevate Prize winner, which comes with a $300,000 (Sh37 million) grant and additional support worth $200,000(Sh24.6 million) for her nonprofit work. 

Congratulations Nelly Cheboi.

Jay Ndungu

Jay is a computer scientist and journalist with a passion for the intersection of technology and society. He has a background in computer science, developing a deep understanding of the technical aspects of the industry, including programming languages and software development methodologies. Currently, He writes for Nairobi Times, covering a wide range of topics including technology, politics, sports, and entertainment. With his unique combination of technical knowledge and journalistic experience, Jay brings a unique perspective to the stories he covers, able to explain complex technical concepts in an easy-to-understand manner. His work is dedicated to bridge the gap between technology and society, and to make people more aware of the potential of technology to make the world a better place.

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