Not many of you know the name William Kamkwamba. However, for the people of Kasungu, Malawi, he is an important figure responsible for making their way of living easier than it was before.
Who is He?
William Kamkwamba was born in Kasungu, Malawi on August 5, 1987. Living in a village that provided little for their future, they survived by just farming. Primarily, this was enough until a crippling famine hit their village. This led to the ambitious William having to drop out of school. Unable to pay the tuition, he had no means of going back. William was resilient because he was desperate to retain his education, but for a village that showed no signs of progressing, it was tough for this young man. He then decided to frequent the village library and it was from there that he discovered his passion for electronics. He read all the available books that would help him with his objectives and from there, he had devised plan after plan inside his head.
After reading a book called ‘Using Energy’, William started working on a makeshift wind turbine. First experimenting on a smaller model made of cheap materials, he ended up eventually making a fully functioning wind turbine that soon powered electrical appliances inside his house. The strange new thing attracted the attention of people all around, including journalists. It was during this time that William Kamkwamba’s name skyrocketed internationally. Subsequently, he received praises all over.
Results of His Efforts
News of his innovative creative spread like wildfire. As a result, Kamkwamba was invited to a lot of talks, seminars, and interviews. Blogs and news outlets talked about his accomplishments. Soon after, he went on to receive a scholarship from the ‘African Leadership Academy’. In 2014, he graduated from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire with a Masters Degree.
Later on, William Kamkwamba would write a book about his story called The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. He was one of Time Magazine’s ‘30 People Under 30 Changing the World’.
Now in 2019, the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind has been adapted into a film. It also garnered positive reviews everywhere. Get hyped with this inspirational story by checking out its official trailer below: