One Man’s Trash Is Another’s Treasure – Gnikou’s Success Story


Kodjo Afate Gnikou is a Togolese inventor who found solution to his limitation in the most unexpected place. From scraps in waste dumps, he found materials to produce a $100 worth of 3D printer.

In the part of the world where lack of resources can jeopardize talent and knowledge, this West African inventor refused to let his dream die. He could have resorted to saving up money to buy the printer. Instead the resilient creator stuck to the desire of making one for himself. This tenacity has led to the invention of an efficient yet cost effective 3D printer.

Kodjo Afate Gnikou scouted for his raw materials in the dumps. From there he started a collection his materials ranging from rails, scanner belts, discarded printers, computer parts and diskettes. Some other parts he had to purchase new. It took him months to put his experimental piece together.

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Kodjo Afate Gnikou

With the Kodjo’s 3D printer, he is able to produce such things as containers. The 33-year old inventor says the printer can also print common household utensils that are usually scarce.

“My dream is to give young people hope, and to show that Africa too has its place on the global market when it comes to technology. We’re able to create things. Why is Africa always lagging behind when it comes to technology?”

For his rare tech-innovation, Kodjo has been recognized by the NASA International  Space Apps challenge in Paris. His innovation stands in for a lot of good-recycling, entrepreneurship and manufacturing. In all, Kodjo has shown that development is possible with skill acquisition and self determination.

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One thing about Kodjo Afate Gnikou is that he is not afraid to dream. The African tech-inventor is nursing a vision whereby E-wastes can be transported to Mars to make homes there. Already, he has started taking steps towards it via the WAFATE to Mars project.

Kodjo’s invention and prospects has caught the interests of many. Thus he runs a website where supporters make funds available to fuel his dreams which will serve the society in general.

Kodjo Afate Gnikou

Kodjo Afate Gnikou