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Rise of An African-Induced Innovation – Solar Powered Car in Kenya

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Kenyan student, Samuel Karumbo, has graced Kenya and Africa with an amazing solar-powered car.

Before, the history of science and technology in Africa received little or no attention compared to other regions in the world. It had become a common thing to read mostly negative things about Africa. Today, however, that conception is fast changing as African countries like Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa are fast making their way in the technology industry.

There have been an increased number of great technological developments in Africa from startups to inventions. Though most of these innovations are emerging from the thriving of tech hubs popping up across Africa, most of the technology transforming the continent comes from elsewhere.

However, Africans can still boost of progress in the Technology industry. It is in Africa that we will hear of inventions like; Ugandan Engineers Mamaope jacket that can detect pneumonia, Cameroon’s Arthur Zang’s tablet that monitors your heartSteamaco electricity grid in Kenya that can provide electricity for a whole village.

Also, we are talking of the latest developer of a solar powered car that is making rounds in Kenya. The solar powered car was developed by a 30 year old Kenyan student Samuel Karumbo. His childhood desire to own a less expensive car motivated him to come out with this innovation – transforming dream to reality

Benefits of a Solar Powered Car

The invention of a solar powered car is practical in a continent characterized by very hot climatic conditions. The car uses energy from the conversion of the sun’s energy into electricity through the exchange of photons and electrons inside the solar cell. Thus, the availability of sun at all time during the day, gives everyone the opportunity to have this car without cost for maintenance.

A solar powered car has many benefits that make it fit for the African environment. Some of them are;

  •      It produces no harmful emission in the air when it is running
  •      Its motor is much more efficient and quiet than the gasoline engine.
  •      The motor does not produce vibrations and it is generally smaller and  maintenance free.
  •      The car is much lighter.
  •      The car does not require refueling and oil changes since it uses the sun to get its energy
  •      He said the vehicle depends heavily on gravity when on descend.
  •      The motor acts as a generator for producing energy for later use.
  •      The car can cover about 50 km in a day.
  •      This hybrid car can also be used to charge phones or provide home lighting.

In other to achieve a complete dream, Karumbo is appealing for financial support for his project.

There is always this problem of funding that always pops up. And this has been a major barrier for young inventors, creators and entrepreneurs in Africa. Unfortunately or fortunately, most funds for African technology do not come from philanthropists. They come from foreign investors who always expect returns.

Challenges faced by Young African Inventors and Creators

Access to capital

Young inventors and startups in Africa face a severe lack of capital that would allow them to grow their businesses beyond local, informal markets.

Physical infrastructure

According to Ndubuisi Ekekwe, founder of the African Institute of Technology, while rapid advances in internet penetration are improving the innovation atmosphere, basic components of infrastructure like power, roads, post offices are still severely lacking. Investments in these basic building blocks will allow businesses to expand more rapidly and make their operations more efficient.

He added that many potential foreign investors are scared away by corrupt public institutions and the seeming inability or unwillingness of African legal systems to enforce property rights and IP protection.

Most African inventions are geared towards solving the problems faced by Africans. For example, Dougbeh Chris Nyan born in Liberia  worked with Scientists both in Liberia and America to invent a battery-powered device that provides a quick and cheap test for seven different infections at a time. It is generally common to find a person in Africa diagnosed of different diseases, thus making the invention Africa-induced.

African governments should encourage young creators and inventors to bring inventions that will come to solve an African problem. This will lead to Africa’s rise in Technology in the nearest future.

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Meet Africa’s Lead Social Entrepreneur

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Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Strategist, Enterprise Development and Corporate Trainer/Consultant, Skills Development Expert and the Co-Founder/CEO of COSDEF Group which is an African holding Social Innovation Enterprise with 4 subsidiaries namely The Centre for Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Business Management Development (CELBMD) Africa, Wikajobs Career Management Firm, COSDEF Mobile  Microfinance, Skill Study (E-Learning) and other initiatives which include Social Innovation Hub, Rural Driven Empowerment and Pan African Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship (PASEF)

Javnyuy is a certified trainer by The American Entrepreneurship Foundation (AEF) California USA, he is a highly sought after enterprise development trainer (Business Coach), consultant & speaker, author of several articles that have been published on several platforms & magazines across Africa. Javnyuy speaks in averagely 200+ capacity building workshops, conferences, corporate events yearly across Africa reaching thousands in the areas of enterprise development, corporate efficiency, process innovation, strategic execution & personal development. He is the author of one of Cameroon’s sought after personal efficiency book “35 Days of Re-Defining You for Success” and Co-Founder and COO of The 50 Most Influential Young Cameroonians Awards Initiative.

Javnyuy is a Member of the Global Youth Skill & Innovation Council, featured as the future leader of World Economic Forum Davos (Switzerland), Global Youth Ambassador, Motivating Africa Ambassador and alumni of the Cameroon Leadership Academy Fellow 2017

He has 4 years’ experience lecturing entrepreneurship, business management & marketing courses in two private universities in Cameroon that is International University of Bamenda and Impact Polytechnic Kumbo. 3 years’ experience training social entrepreneurship, organizational leadership and executive skills with the African Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) Accra Ghana, 2 years’ experience training executive skills with Power & Wisdom Bible and Leadership Institute Buea, senior trainer & consultant with Vocational Center for International Development, Country Director Consultant, Head Trainer with Christian Life Training Organization, International Career Coach with MARLEQ. Javnyuy have offered hundreds of management and organizational leadership, corporate training programs, team building programs, talent development, work place efficiency skills, organizational productivity strategy trainings to several national and multinational organizations, government agencies, religious organizations, startups among others.

Javnyuy together with his close friend Agbor Franklen Co-founded AFA Designs Software Development Firm which focuses on developing innovative tech solutions for African businesses. AFA Designs have served over 100+ businesses across Africa in diverse sectors like E-Commerce, education, agriculture, not-for-profit, churches etc. Under the leadership of Javnyuy, the AFA Designs team is responsible for Afamuziq app (Download on play store) which is an innovative stylish music player, entertainment partner which gives you full control of your entertainment, enhancing your sound quality, let you share the song you listening with friends and loved ones, Stream favorite sound tracks (Audio and Videos) online, view on playing song lyrics, connects you to your favourite entertainment platforms and blogs with just a click, Mobile TV connecting you with your favourite stations on the go and just much more

Education & Professional Accreditations

Javnyuy has a well-balanced education credentials. He completed his Bsc program in Financial Management in International University Bamenda, he is a certified trainer by the American Entrepreneurship Foundation, Certificate program in Entrepreneurship & Leadership from YALI Regional Leadership Center Accra Ghana (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration), Certificate program in Strengthening Africa’s Public Sector Human Resource Management from United Nations Public Administration Network, Certificate program in Advance Business Management & Public Service Governance from International Governance Institute, studied Entrepreneurship and Business in Clark Atlanta University, Georgia USA under the Mandela Washington Fellowship program, Lean Six Sigma from The Hudson Strategic Group and The Quality Group, Atlanta Georgia and currently undertaking a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with Rome Business School

Media

Javnyuy have been featured on over 100 radio/tv programs and magazines across Africa including BBC World Service, Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV), 1000 African Voices on Channel Africa, HiTV Cameroon, LTM TV, Canal 2 English International TV, 7News TV, University of Ghana Radio, CBS Radio, CBC Radio, City Community Radio, Africa Business Communities magazine, Inspire 237 magazine, Jongo hub magazine, The Afrikan Legacy Magazine, Betatinz magazine, Konnect Africa magazine, Uphold Africa magazine, Her Business magazine Kenya, Africans Building Africa magazine among several others.

Awards and Recognitions

African Youth of the Year Award nominee 2016, Princess Kuja Recognition Award 2016, UK Base Kinnaka’s Blog Gola Project Award winner 2016, United Council for Youth Empowerment 2017 Nation & Continent Builder of the year award, Young Citizens Contributing Positively (YOCICOPO) award 2017, Voted among the 100 personalities inspiring Cameroon in 2017 by Inspire magazine, Queen’s Young Leaders Award Runner-Up Winner, Cameroon Achievers Award Entrepreneur of the week, profiled among the top 20 young CEOs inspiring change in Cameroon by Cameroon Achievers Magazine, 2018 class of 100 Most Influential Young Africans by Africa Youth Awards and nominee Digital Citizenship SDG Awards

 

Reach out to Javnyuy on

javnyuy@cosdefgroup.com or infos@celbmdafrica.org

Call: Cameroon +237 674949153

          USA +1 202 766 0280

Follow me on LinkedIn and facebook as Javnyuy Joybert

 

 

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