Friday, January 18, 2008

The Afro Beat Shout Out

Please check out William Kamkwamba's Malawi Windmill blog when you get a chance. Pretty amazing stuff he's doing to solve his village's (and eventually, his country's) electricity problems one day (one windmill) at a time. And he's only 20!! It came out of his frustration with the electricity problems in his village (na condition wey make crayfish bend, abi?) and from reading a book one day, he got this idea to try it out. Since then he's been sponsored by a tonne of social entrepreneurs from all over (probably mainly international...but i won't get started on that). The point is, this is another great example of young Africans challenging the way things are done now and making that change they want to see, one day at a time. I'm inspired people! Now, i'm off to build my own solar panels on my roof (er, spanner anyone?)

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Thanks to The Afropolitan Network blog for posting his story and for inspiring us to get "Made IN Africa" (you heard it THERE first!).

9 comments:

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Innovation, and particularly African innovation, will be the key to the continent's future success. This, like the Nigerian helicopter, is inspiring. Despite all odds, we are doing incredible things. How exciting!

Jemes said...

Truly inspirational! in these we place our hope.

Toochi said...

man!!
i need me one of those in my hood.
maybe me backyard.
nice stuff this is.

CATWALQ a.k.a LAGBA-JESS said...

I am on my feet for this invention...he deserves a standing ovation and more

Beverly said...

Thanks for the shout out!! I keep going back to look at his blog
http://williamkamkwamba.typepad.com/

Someone to watch out for.

Sugabelly said...

Oooh, I'm proud of him. You know the windmill idea has been around for a long time, but as per Africans, all we did was talk. Great to see someone so young actually doing something about it, I think it's a good sign about this (my) generation. We will change things, we will make things right.

pamelastitch said...

I agree with sugar belly

guerreiranigeriana said...

thank you for posting this...too much emphasis on the negative happenings on the continent can make one sad...this is inspiring and gives hope for the next generation!!...

Sherri said...

that's what am talking about!