Thirteen year old Nigerian Boy Invents Battery-Powered Fans…


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The great Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited but imagination encircles the entire world.” If you don’t believe in that statement, then this story of thirteen-year-old Ukoma Michael from Nigeria might just be the evidence you need to believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge.

The young boy from Imo State imagined owning a fan that works without using electricity, instead of waiting for someone else to build it, he took it upon himself to innovate a fan using wire meshes that can be powered with a battery. It is reported that the battery can last up to 19 hours if well charged.

The innovative teenager is already selling his battery-powered fans to his community and his mission now, is to own a company that will specialize in producing fans, engine parts and aircrafts.

Ukoma is proof that there is enough talent and creativity in the minds of African youth to develop our own products and to be catalysts of innovation. It is safe to say the continent is fast becoming the home of great inventions, the younger generation in Africa is innovating its way out of poverty, out of ridicule and out of social challenges.
Undoubtedly so, Africans have the ability to create and innovate but the question that we now need to answer is, do we believe in our own products? Do we regard local products the same way we regard imported goods from first world countries? Are we, as consumers and leaders of the continent, doing enough to create safe ground for our entrepreneurs?

If we lack in supporting our own products, if we fail to nurture these brilliant innovations then we are the cause of our own poverty. Innovation is a key factor in moving the continent forward, we rely on the hands of innovators to bring change to our communities but without our support, it becomes difficult for them to showcase their skills and to birth new ideas. It’s time we promoted our own.

Ukoma was able to come up with a scalable product at only age 13, imagine what more he can do with the right resources and with enough support. This is definitely not the last time we’ll be seeing his name, watch this space!