The True Story of the Malawian Boy Who Became A World Famous Innovator

A few days back, Netflix released a film, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film received highly positive reviews from critics and viewers alike, with one critic stating, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind earns its predictably uplifting arc through strong performances and impressive work from debuting director Chiwetel Ejiofor.”

So what made the film so good? Was it the excellent performances? The brilliant direction? Or the story itself? Perhaps it was all three, but what made the most impact was the story, because it was not just any story, it was a real story of struggle and hardship and how one can overcome any and every challenge as long as one works towards self-development with passion and dedication, because it is through self-development that you can touch others’ lives and be a real change-maker.

Perhaps no one is better proof of this fact than William Kamkwamba from Malawi, the man on whom “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” is based. William was born in a poor village near Kasungu, Malawi. Kamkwamba’s story began in the early 2000s. He wasn’t necessarily a prodigious child, but he had a passion for science, and his passion paid off, when his village needed him the most. He was forced to drop out of school when he was just a teenager due to a crippling famine in the village and was unable to return to his studies as his family was unable to afford the tuition fee. In a persevering attempt to retain his education, he went to the village library to study himself and there he discovered his love for electrical engineering.

Kamkwamba, after reading a book called Using Energy, decided to create a makeshift wind turbine. He experimented with a small model using a cheap dynamo and eventually made a functioning wind turbine that powered some electrical appliances in his family’s house. Local farmers and journalists investigated the spinning device and Kamkwamba’s fame in international news skyrocketed. A blog about his accomplishments was written on Hacktivate and Kamkwamba took part in the first event celebrating his particular type of ingenuity called Maker Faire Africa, in Ghana in August 2009. After that, the rest is history.

In 2013, Kamkwamba was named by TIME Magazine as one of the “30 People Under 30 Changing the World” and the same year, his autobiography, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” got selected for the countrywide reading program. He went on to give a TED Talk as well (watch below). His motivational story inspired Chiwetel Ejiofor to make a film about him which has made his success story bigger than ever before.

William Kamkwamba’s success story is a source of inspiration to us all, especially at Edoofa. His story is among the key reasons Edoofa seeks passionate, deserving students for our scholarships, to create more such success stories. You could be next.

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