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15-Year-Old Self-Taught Inventor Kelvin Doe

A warning as you play the video above – don’t be surprised if it’s a bit of a tearjerker!

Fifteen year old Kelvin from Sierra Leone didn’t grow up with much. In the area he lives, electricity is a rare occurrence, and opportunities of all kinds are extremely limited.

However, this did not deter him from devoting himself to attempting to make his community a better place. After gathering materials from the trash and experimenting with them, he was able to create a battery and generator to provide electricity to his family, as well as an FM transistor radio. Under the name “DJ Focus,” he broadcasts news and music to his community in hopes of fostering education and debate about issues. He is literally creating light in unexpected, dark places.

His next aspiration is to build a windmill and provide consistent electricity for his whole town. We don’t doubt his determination or genius in terms of finishing the project, and can’t wait to see what he does next! We wouldn’t be surprised to see a Nobel Prize in his future. The combination of a big brain and a bigger heart seems pretty unstoppable.

Can you imagine if more of today’s youth were committed to invention for the greater good? It makes us wonder, what can each of us do to foster a mindset of desire to contribute to community development…what talents do we have to give…? So inspiring to think about.

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  1. Danixa Carr November 26, 2013 Reply

    I’ve heard about him. May God bless this talented young man.

  2. Maame Ama Ansuaa November 26, 2013 Reply

    Well done kelvin, u shall be bigger dan dis

  3. Nyree Morrison November 26, 2013 Reply

    Great job Kelvin i can see you creating many things in your future good luck

  4. Patience Ansah Manu November 26, 2013 Reply

    This is amazing

  5. In'utu WaSibongo Chipolopolo November 26, 2013 Reply

    Good things/people do come out of AFRICA!!

  6. Jacqueline Dee November 26, 2013 Reply

    Yup that’s my country….The media needs to show that we have good stuff too.. Thanks StylePantry for showcasing it….

  7. Grâce Royal November 26, 2013 Reply

    wawou, it’s amazing

  8. Udochii Zoe-Wiseacre Ozii November 26, 2013 Reply

    DOUBLE WOW!!!…Genius!!!

  9. Kafani Ibrahim Hassan Cisse November 27, 2013 Reply

    the greatest thing about this story is that there are millions of young Afrikan boys like this all over afrika!!! i was amazed by how many creative innovators in my years living in just one country in Afrika!!!

  10. María Eugenia Domínguez Amigo November 30, 2013 Reply

    Impresionante. Admirable. A genios young man.

  11. Zizipo Maseti December 9, 2013 Reply

    Africa is a continent. Not a country. Educate yourself. Xoxo: South African;)

  12. Joyce Au December 9, 2013 Reply

    Thank You Father God for giving this genius to his people please continue to inspire and bless hin. Amen

  13. Rebecca Frank December 11, 2013 Reply


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