It is amazing that despite poor economic conditions and caricatured style of governance thought to be democracy in most African states if not all, there are still youths under 30 working tirelessly and looking to solve problems both locally and on a global scale. We are delighted to showcase them.
This article reveals five outstanding African youths with impressive inventions. who are below 30 years:
He is a 28 years old Kenyan who was inspired at the age of 19 by the abject poverty he suffered while growing up. As a kid, he had to trek for miles before he could get kerosene for lantern. As a smart boy who was fed up of walking long distances almost every day to get what will power the lantern at home, he thought of a better and easier way to solve this problem and the problem of being exposed to hazardous effects of the lantern.
A dorm experiment involving the timing of LED (light-emitting diode) Christmas lights inspired Evans’ discovery. He discovered that the LED could create an environmentally friendly source of light that will light up his community which everyone will benefit from and which will also stop his sad treks to get kerosene.
With the help of a crafts men, Evans succeeded in designing a solar lantern which he called MwangaBora (meaning “good light’). It is made from 50 percent recycled material and now widely distributed in Kenya and Malawi
The 25 years old Moroccan Chakroun Abdellah is perhaps the youngest and most symbolic innovator in his country.He accomplished his first invention at the age of 18 and by the age of 25, the young innovator has made about 35 different inventions, and has obtained patent for at least two of his invention.
His invention varies from private mechanics of vehicles, military inventions and medical inventions.
Most especially, he has gained credence in the military field where he succeeded in inventing some sophisticated technology weapons.
Some of his other inventions include the Square Rotor Rotary Engine which can increase power and speed, (compared to the engines available in the market) and also reduce fuel consumption.
Chakroun has received offers worth millions of Euros from western companies but he turned down these offers, remaining true to using his invention to develop his country.
As obtained from a secondary source, Babatimilehin Daomi, a 16 years old student of Dobar College and probably the youngest inventor we know in Nigeria today. He is known to have invented a digital microscope majorly made with a CD ROM and a camera, a water fountain majorly made with 2 plastic cups and styrofoam, a vacuum cleaner which majorly consists of a water pipe, a phone power bank with the pack of a sardine can, a pumping machine and many more. According to his Principal at school, we understand that Babatimilehin has transformed during the last quarter of his secondary school and his inventions have also give him the academic boost he needed. Timi’s first project was a mini power bike, and when asked on how he comes up with his designs and execution, Timilehin says, “Before doing anything, I draw the plan” His father who is a Barrister, wanted Timi to be a lawyer, he even enrolled him in Art class to fulfill his dreams for his kid. As a lawyer, his father said, “I wanted my children to be lawyers… till I discovered he started spoiling things.” (Source: The Guardian)
He is 24 years old from South Africa. As reported by Ventures Africa, Ludwick Marishane was still in high school when he thought of ‘Dry bath’- the world’s first and only bath-substituting antibacterial and biodegradable skin gel. His invention is particularly useful for rural communities where clean water is hard to come by.
Prior to inventing Dry Bath, Ludwick invented a healthy cigarette in the 10th grade and authored mobile dictionary and magazine supplement.
Marishane’s invention won him the Global Student Entrepreneurship Award (GSEA) at the Global Entrepreneur Week (GEW) for two consecutive years (2010 and 2011)
Adebola, Abiola, Toyin and Eniola
In 2012, four high school teenage students – Adebola, Abiola, Toyin and Eniola who are 16,16,16, and 17 years of age respectively and from Nigeria showcased a thoughtful and practical innovation that warmed the heart of Africans and the international community. This invention was a urine power generator which could provide safer, affordable and more access to electricity.
The invention which was first showcased at the Maker Faire Africa annual pan-African conference was born out of the girls’ school chemistry lab and could create 6 hours of electricity with 1 Liter of urine.