William Kamkwamba and the “notes from the underground”

Posted on January 8, 2010


Ever heard of William Kamkwamba? It is a name that you need to be familiar with if you  want to know how people can create success where there seems to be none.

Like many people, I first heard about Kamkwamba when he appeared in the Daily Show back in October of 09.

If you have never heard about him, William is a Malawian high school student currently studying at African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg. He is an inventor and an author. In 2002, he built a crude yet operable windmill, to power a few electrical appliances in his family’s house, using scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves.

William, together with journalist Bryan Mealer shared his story in their book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Kamkwamba’s story is beyond inspirational (if there is such a thing). It is a story that tells you that anything is possible. It is also a story that tells you that you can do something great with your life irrespective of the turmoil around you. It is a story that dares you to dream about achieving the impossible.

This gentleman is my hero and I am humbled by the work that he is doing. His story should be told to every child in the developing world and beyond. I also think that the Moving Windmills Project inspired by his work is an idea that would greatly benefit the vast rural Africa.

Read the latest news and projects by William Kamkwamba, information about his book, book reviews and other news at his WEBSITE.

If you are the next William Kamkwamba, please share your story with us.