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Wall Street Journal covers African ingenuity

December 17th, 2007 Posted in Business, General, Technology

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)

  • http://www.ck-blog.com 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?

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