William Kamkwamba’s Career
At a very young age, Wiliam had to drop out of school because his family could not afford the tuition fee. But he never gave up. William used to pay a visit to the local school library frequently. At the library, he realized his genuine love for electronics. Wiliam also had a small business of repairing his village’s radios, but this work did not earn him much money. He wanted to make more.
When William read the book called Using Energy, he shifted his interest towards wind turbines. He applied his knowledge to build a small wind turbine using a cheap dynamo. William saw that the turbine could supply power to the electrical devices in his house. After that, villages and journalists gathered investigating the spinning machine. Thus, his fame in international news skyrocketed. Later, he also built a solar-powered water pump that supplies the first drinking water in his village.
When William Kamkwamba’s story got featured in The Daily Times in Blantyre, the story circulated through the blogosphere, and TED conference director Emeka Okafor invited Kamkwamba to talk at TEDGlobal in 2007. After listening to his speech, several venture capitalists at the conference approached him for providing help in his further education. He got enrolled at African Bible College Christian Academy in Lilongwe. Later he went to African Leadership Academy and in 2014 graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Blowing in the Wind by William Kamkwamba
William wrote a book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which got selected as the University of Florida and Boise State University‘s ordinary book. William got recognized as one of the “30 People Under 30 Changing The World” by TIME magazine. He got featured in the book Extraordinary People by Michael Hearst. In 2014, he gained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The previous year they adapted the book into a film, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.
So, we should be grateful for what we have. We should never complain!
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