Believe it or not, Nigerian kids are titans of innovation, from the way their curiosity makes them open electrical appliances to their wide imagination, Nigerian kids are geniuses. If not for the lack of resources and poor support from ‘ogas at the top’, our young minds could invent the greatest thing since sliced bread. Today, Naij Mobile presents to you 4 amazing young Nigerian inventors you probably didn’t know about.
Young Nigerian Iventeros
On the 25th of August 2016, A 13-year-old boy, Ukoma Micheal was in the spotlight for inventing battery-operated fans that can last more than 18 hours without electricity. The handmade fans branded Blue Wind were made from aluminum and wires. The fans were in two forms: round and rectangular.
Sadly, he was not given the boost and financial back he needed but that did not discourage him. Ukoma Micheal hopes to establish his own company to invent fans and sell across Africa and beyond.
12-year-old Fathia Abdullahi invention is a dream-come-true for those of us who find it tiring folding clothes or any clothing sales assistant who folds clothes 24/7. Fathia Abdullahi designed a robot prototype that could fold a T-shirt in 3 seconds. The amazing folding machine was made from pins, beams and Ev3 brick.
According to reports, Fathia started coding when she was in 11 years old and a year later, she made a mind-blowing invention. Fathia and her invention have been featured on BBC and other top media outlets.
A 17-year-old boy from Oyo identified as Adesola Samuel became an Internet sensation after he built a generator that uses water instead of fuel. He explained that is invention became possible with the principle that water is used to generate electricity at River Niger.
Adeola Samuel’s makeshift generator was able to generate electricity that could help him charge his phone, power the light bulb and fan in his home for some few hours.
The Four wise Girls
On the 8th of November 14-year-olds, Duro-Aina Adebola, Akindele Abiola, Faleke Oluwatoyin and 15-year-old Bello Eniola figured out a way to use a liter of urine as fuel to get six hours of electricity from their generator. It is no magic. Here is how it works;
- Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.
- The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
- The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
- This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.
Young Nigeria Inventors
Solving Nigeria’s complex challenges will require innovative solutio9ns including those developed by young minds. It is essential we create the necessary environment to discover them. Once discovered, we must encourage, celebrate, support and fun their ideas all the way.