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2022 CNN Hero of the Year: Raila paid for my air ticket to US

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By Wanja Waweru

Nelly Cheboi, the 2022 CNN Hero award winner has said Raila Odinga, the Azimio La Umoja Leader gave her Sh300,000 to buy an air ticket to the United States.

The 29-year-old TechLit Africa CEO said she had been awarded a scholarship opportunity to study in America and didn’t have money for her air ticket.

“I had won a scholarship to study in America, I didn’t have air tickets yet I was supposed to travel in two weeks, I kept telling people, until I met Raila who gave me Sh300,000,” she said.

Cheboi also said she was assisted by her then-area MP who organised for her passport, which was released in two days.

“Mimi ni Nelly, nilienda Mary Hill Girls High School, nilipata A in my KCSE, nikapata Scholarship ya America na sina hata passport, my MP alinisaidia nikapata passport na two days, ” she said.

Cheboi was on December 2 named the 2022 CNN Hero of the Year.

She had in 2019 quit a lucrative software engineering job in Chicago to create computer labs for Kenyan schoolchildren.

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