• Wall Street Journal covers African ingenuity

    Posted December 17, 2007 By in Business, General, Technology With | 1 Comment

    Recently the Wall street Journal’s front page, featured one of the most inspiring stories of African ingenuity today. The front page story, A Young Tinkerer Builds a Windmill, Electrifying a Nation, covers  20-year-old William Kamkwamba, a self-taught Malawian inventor whose make-shift windmills are being used to power his village. Having recently spoken at TED Africa 2007, Mr. Kamkwamba, who also writes a blog, is deservedly getting a lot of attention and hopefully just as much support for his windmill projects. It’s good to see such stories making the front page of such a powerfull business resource.

    “I was thinking about electricity,” says Mr. Kamkwamba, explaining how he got hooked on wind. “I was thinking about what I’d like to have at home, and I was thinking, ‘What can I do?’ “

    To meet his family’s growing power needs, he recently hammered in a shiny store-bought windmill next to the big one at his home and installed solar panels. He has another windmill still in its box that he’ll put up at a house 70 miles away in the capital, Lilongwe, where he now goes to school.

    Watch the WSJ video reportWatch William Kamkwamba’s speech at TEDAfrica 2007

    (via CK)

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  • CK

    Thank you. This really made an impression on me.

    Especially at TED when he said, “I read it…and then I made it.”

    But I guess that’s genius for you, eh?