Young Sierra-Leone man is making the newsround for having learnt engineering all by himself at age 13, same age at which he built a radio station in 2009. Now 21, Kelvin Doe has made a name for himself, with both local and international recognitions.
Media reports say that Kelvin, after completing his self-made radio station, played music and equally broadcast news with his tag name DJ Focus. Impressive, isn't it?!
Support from his family was at the time feeble when he began collecting electronic garbage, however he never relented. Just right in his small village in Freetown, Sierra Leone, Kelvin built batteries, an FM transmitter, a sound amplifier, a three-channel mixer and a mic receiver by using discarded metal, cargo boxes and cables.
FUN FACT: He created batteries to power lights in area homes, and he fixed all of his friends’ electrical devices. Ingenious!
So far, he has received international recognitions including an invitation to the United States, after which he became the youngest person to participate in the "Visiting Practitioner's Program" at MIT. He was also one of the finalists in the worldwide Innovate Salone idea competition, in which he built a generator from soda, acid and metal, and wrapped together with tape.
He's also lectured at Harvard University to engineering undergrads. Other achievements include his newly founded company, KDoe-Tech Inc.; the Kelvin Doe Foundation and a listing on Forbes' under 30 Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs.
One of Africa’s most respected young inventors, he's met with world leaders includingformer US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo.
In May 2013, Kelvin signed a $100,000 solar project pact with Canadian High Speed Service Provider, Sierra WiFi. He constantly works on new inventions and shares them via his Twitter account. The latest gadgets include an emergency shoe charger and something to help people trace lost mobile phones.