- William Kwamkwamba, a Malawian teenager, built a windmill in 2002 and gave electricity and water to his village
- The knowledge he deployed was gathered from a tattered science book he borrowed from his school's library
- Kwamkwamba focused fully on the windmill project when he quit school because his parent could not afford his fees
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Sometimes, all it takes is a person to set a new phase in history. A Malawian teenager, William Kwamkwamba, made the almost-impossible thing happen when he built a windmill from junks and restored electricity to his village in 2002.
What is most inspiring about his story is that his knowledge of the machine was self-taught as he had to gather knowledge from borrowed books in the library, BBC News reports.
It is also very much inspiring to know that the boy quit school at a very tender age because his family could not fund his $80-a-year fees.
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As he dropped out, he returned to his family’s farmland in Masitala, a central Malawian village, with a very grim look at the future.
Kwamkwamba could not wait for politicians to do the work of bringing electricity and water to his village as Malawi faced its worst drought season in 2002 which left thousands of people dead.
The idea of building a windmill first struck him when he encountered one in a science textbook. In talking with the BBC, he said seeing the windmill made him very interested in how it could be used to pump electricity and water.
"I was very interested when I saw the windmill could make electricity and pump water. I thought: 'That could be a defence against hunger. Maybe I should build one for myself',” he said.
He said people could not believe what he was building, so he just told them he was making a musical instrument.
According to the BBC, he built his first 5m windmill in 2002. In 2007, he brought solar power to his village and installed a solar pump.
Sometime in 2008, the same media also reported that he built a green machine windmill to pump water. In 2009, he made another copy of the earlier 5m windmill.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that a 26-year-old Nigerian Max Chinnah made history as he has invented a smokeless stove that he patented with his partner, Attigah.
The Nigerian inventor, hopes that his piece would help in the saving of lives around the world.
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