It’s always said that ‘’a vision without a task is a dream; a task without a vision is drudgery, and a vision and a task is the hope of the world’’.
Despite the pioneering feat of the West in innovations /inventions in one form or the other, Africans, nay, Nigerians have proved the discordant voices wrong who always say that’’ nothing good can come out of the black race’’ In this millennium, the visions and aspirations of Nigerians are so sharp and great that they are recognized not only in Nigeria but internationally. Below are some of Nigeria’s innovators /inventors:
- SAHEED ADEPOJU-Nigerian
Saheed Adepoju is the inventor of the INYE 1&2 tablet computers designed for the African markets. Similarly, he is a co-founder of Encipher Limited, a Nigerian based technology Company that introduced the first android powered tablet into Nigeria.
INYE -1 was unveiled in April 2010. It’s a 7-inch resistive screen tablet. It runs android 2.1 and allows users to connect to the internet using its in-built Wi-Fi Card and to use an external 3G modem from GSM networks. It offers about 3 hours of battery life and allows HDMI output to HDMI capable devices.
INYE-2 was unveiled in May 2011. It’s an 8-inch capacitive screen tablet. It runs Android 2.2
And allows users to connect to the internet using its in-built Wi-Fi Card as well as it’s in-built
SIM. It allows about 8 hours of battery life and allows users to connect to other USB devices.
2. JELANI ALIYU (MFR) Nigerian
He’s credited with designing General Motors’ leading auto brand, Chevrolet Volt. Jelami Was born in Kaduna State, Nigeria in I966. He originates from Sokoto State, Nigeria and Earned an associate degree in architecture from Birnin -Kebbi Polytechnic in 1988. After graduation from the Polytechnic, Jelani worked at the Ministry of Works, Sokoto And later proceeded to the United States of America (USA) for additional qualification. He graduated in 1994 with a degree in Automobile Design from the College for Creative-Studies, Detroit, Michigan and was employed by General motors.
3. SEYI OYESOLA- Nigerian
He is a co-inventor of CompactOR or’’ Hospital in a Box’’, a solar-powered life-saving Operating room which can be transported to remote areas of Africa and set up within Minutes. Seyi is a Nigerian trained Doctor and inventor, who had his basic science and Medical education at the The University of Lagos, Nigeria with a specialist in anaesthesia and Critical Care in the UK and USA In order to help bring surgically care to the grassroots in the continent, he co-developed CompactOR, or the ‘’Hospital in a Box’’, a portable medical system that contains Anaesthetic and surgical equipment. One major advantage of this invention is that the Operating suite is; light enough to be dropped into inaccessible zones by a helicopter And can be powered by solar panels
4. GERALD ODO- Nigerian
This teenager at age 15, fascinated with toys, created his own fashion of toys with scrap Materials, using painted plywood syringes, water, wire, small tubes along with motorcycle Battery to power the product. He made a dump-truck, excavator, and a helicopter.
5. DURO-AINA ADEBOLA, AKINDELE ABIOLA, FALEKE OLUWATOYIN and BELLO ENIOLA (Nigerians)
In 2012, these four secondary school girls were credited to have invented urine- Powered generator which they showcased at Maker Faire Africa.According to these girls, the machine works thus:-Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which cracks the urea into hydrogen Nitrogen and water-The hydrogen is purified with a water filter and is pushed into the gas Cylinder -The gas Cylinder pushes the hydrogen into Cylinder borax which removes Moisture from the hydrogen gas-The purified hydrogen is then pushed into the generator1-Litre of urine gives 6 hours of electricity.
6. MICHAEL ULCOMA-Nigerian
At age 13,in 2016, Michael ULCOMA created a battery operated fans which he Christened Blue Wind Fans. When the fans are fully charged, can last up to 13 hours They are of different sizes eg. Tabletop, free-standing, etc. The materials he uses are Mostly aluminum wires and old cartons for packaging.
7. TIMOTHY ADDIGI TERFA-Nigerian
Engineer Timothy Addigi Terfa , a UK trained Nigerian Engineer in 2016 built a Customized a tractor which he branded ‘ijodo’ meaning ‘labour’ in his native Tiv Language. According to Addigi, the tractor was built with materials sourced In Nigeria and was designed with the ability to cover a wide range of farming jobs.
8. CYPRIAN EMEKA UZOH Nigerian
Cyprian holds more than 126 United States of American patents and over 160 patents Worldwide in semiconductor technology including US Patent No-6709562 ‘’ method Of making electroplated interconnection structures on integrated Circuit Chips, which Earned him the the inventor of the year Award in 2006 from the New York intellectualProperty Association.
Source: Creators archives/Zikoko, NL I P WATCH Website
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