- Frank Darko, a Ghanaian creative who invented the water bicycle (known as the Trifad), has created something new
- The gifted engineer has come out with a bicycle that is able to sweep the streets
- Frank went viral in Ghana and under international media houses after his story broke for the first time
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Multi-talented Ghanaian creative and engineer, Frank Darko, has come out with yet another mind-blowing invention that is set to make sweeping very easy and fun at the same time.
The engineer has invented a tricycle that he calls the 'Sweeping Bicycle', which - just as its name suggests - sweeps as you ride it.
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According to him, Ghana has become so engulfed in filth and he wanted to come up with a cost-effective and efficient device that could deal with the dirt issue in the country.
Speaking in an exclusive interview on what necessitated his latest invention, Frank Darko said:
"Sometimes when I get to certain places within Accra - a big example is the big canal which leads the Odorna River into the sea. Any time I get to a place like that my eyes get filled with tears because of what I envisage to happen in the future.
"In my vision I see the canal being used as a walk path because it is finally choked up with sand and plastic waste. Vehicles could even pass over it. The sad part is how people will lose their homes and lives during a heavy downpour.
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"In 2035, Ghana is going to be a miserable place to raise a child. But we can change the future based on the actions we take now. We must totally change our behaviour towards the immediate environment in which our lives depend on.
"The littering is too much. Even today graduates have joined in littering the environment. As a good citizen I have to do something to help stop the dark future that is hanging upon us.
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"I have always had the nation in my heart. I use my energy to think about how to make Ghana a better place to live like other developed countries. My current project is a street cleaning machine in the form of a tricycle."
When asked to give details about his novel invention, Frank Darko had this to say:
"With this machine, our streets and environment can be kept tidy always. It is fuel-free and maintenance-free. I spent five months on the completion of one because I lack a working environment, tools and machines. But I believe in God that things will change for the better."
Watch the video of how the bicycle works:
Frank Darko showed appreciation to Dr Phyllis Hendrichs, Engineer Kakra McHammah, the CEO of MuHammad Engineering Company, and the President of CILT GHANA Ebo Hammond for the immense contributions they have made in his life.
He asked for God's blessings upon their lives.
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Frank Darko won many awards for the invention and even got an invitation to meet Ghana's vice-president, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
Aside from the national recognition, Frank was offered full scholarships by the Takoradi Technical University to go back and finish his course in graphic design and take up another course in engineering.
He also made an appearance on The KSM Show in Ghana.
The inventor revealed that the water bicycle was his first invention but he had drawn up plans for many more.
He revealed that his creativity came about as a result of his matchless love for science and technology and the urge to solve day-to-day problems faced by people living in the community.
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