Innovation, Inspiration and Development!

The third piece of the inspiring treasuries from Africa come from Sierra Leone,

Kelvin Doe (also known as DJ Focus) could be just another Sierra Leone kid, but rather, he was compelled to act by necessity and for the joy of solving practical problems. This 15-years old engineer scours the trash bins for spare parts of equipment and discarded consumer electronics, which he uses to build batteries, generators, transmitters and his very own radio station!

Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus. He said the radio station is a powerful tool in which his community can discuss issues that matter to all. His radio station has a following, people text-in to the show and Kelvin reads their texts on-air. He also has several correspondents who cover various community events.

Kevin saw that off-the-shelf new batteries were far too expensive for the inventions he was working on, so he decided to make his own at home.

Kelvin has built his own battery to power his house and a generator to power his radio station’s amplifier and other components. The station’s 12-volt generator is made from a home-made battery which in turn is charged by broken DVD players. He has built generators for his neighbors to power their lights and charge their cell phones.In his spare time, Kelvin DJs at kids’ birthday parties.

Kelvin became the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT.

You can learn more about Kelvin story at CNN’s website

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