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27-year-old Nelly Cheboi won the CNN Hero of the Year Award, pocketing Sh74 million. 

President William Ruto's daughter, Charlene Ruto, has congratulated Nelly Cheboi after she clinched the prestigious CNN Hero of the Year Award.

In a tweet on Tuesday, December 13, the president's daughter lauded 27-year-old Cheboi for her efforts in impacting children's lives.

"Congratulations Nelly Cheboi. You are indeed a hero and we celebrate you. We laud you for your unforgettable impact on these children's lives and input in making the future generation of Kenya tech savvy & innovative. The only way is up," Charlene tweeted.

Cheboi quit her software job to create tech labs for Kenyan schoolkids, a move that made her be feted by the international media house.

Nelly Cheboi and her relative on the red carpet in the US. PHOTO | Nelly Cheboi.

She pocketed Sh74 million cash prize. Cheboi said that she was looking to reach more children to equip them with tech skills.

"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," she said after receiving the award.

President Ruto on Monday during his Jamhuri Day speech recognised Cheboi, even as he congratulated her for her efforts.

"We also congratulate 29-year-old, Nelly Cheboi, the founder of Techlit Africa who this morning was declared the CNN hero of the year, for her work in creating computer labs for Kenyan children to access the opportunities in the digital world," the president said.