African Self-Trained Tech-Inventors On The Rise- Boosting The Manufacturing Sector


It is true that most African economies battle with instability, however, there is still some good behind every awkward situation. As living conditions are threatened by staggering economies and unequal wealth distribution amongst a host of other oddities in Africa, the entrepreneurial spirit is being birthed in the society.

Entrepreneurship in essence is a branch off of civilization in the sense that whatever you create is first and foremost to fill up a societal gap, to solve a problem and make things better not just for you but for the world around you. Right from the stone ages, the early man sourced ways to sustain himself and develop his way of life, thus the possible graduation from the stone era to the wood stage, to the iron stage and now, the science and technological age.

In the same manner, many Africans have spotted quite a range of gaps which if filled up appropriately will be for the good of their nations and the continent by extension. In very many fields of life in Africa, change makers are rising up and making themselves useful. The Africa of today is not for idle minds, there is always something you can do.

This article is dedicated to Young African talents who are justifying their existence on earth by finding a purpose and a pursuit and more interestingly conquering them. We will see how these 2 self-trained tech-inventors are setting the pace for others.

1. Shalton Mothwa


Shalton Mothwa is a South African Nuclear Physicist, who Invented a new mobile charging technology, using WIFI. This is the vision behind his project the AEON Power Bag. Watch. Although the 28-year-old is still in need of funds to fully commercialize this invention, it will be a useful feat since the world at the moment is all about tech-devices.

2. Muzzamil Umma


Talented Muzzamil Umma, a 21-year-old Nigerian from Kebbi State, builds cars and engines using scrap metal materials that he picks around Birnin Kebbi, the state capital.



Philani Dladla

If worse comes to worst and you don’t exactly have the flair for tech-inventions; feel free to borrow a leaf from Philani Dladla, the South African “Pavement Bookworm” who resorted to rendering book reviews on roadsides instead of begging for alms. With what he earned, he has become well placed in the book business and even launched a website to that effect. Once again, there is always something you can do!