Creativity is universal, and can be found in places where one does not expect to find it. Perseverance and passion are essential to nurturing that creative ability. – Kelvin Doe
A young boy, Kelvin for from Sierra Leone successfully built his own music set-up including a 3-channel mixer, amplifier and microphone receiver.
Electricity is scarce and unreliable in Sierra Leone, so he either powered the system with batteries that he restored from scrap, or from a battery he built himself. Kelvin even made a 12V generator out of old DVD players, which he used to keep his battery charged.
Kelvin met David Sengeh, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab Doctoral Student, at a summer innovation camp which David ran in Sierra Leone. The camp challenged students to think about issues facing their local community and come up with solutions. Kelvin believed a community radio station would enable everyone to communicate and share ideas in an unprecedented way
As a result of his accomplishment, he received an invitation to the United States and subsequently became the youngest person to participate in the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT . His accomplishments were documented by RadicalMedia and presented on their corporate YouTube channel.
When the video went viral, the story was picked up by CNN, NBC News , and The Huffington Post
Doe subsequently was a speaker at TEDxTeen and lectured to undergraduate engineering students at Harvard College. In May 2013, Doe signed a $100,000 solar project pact with Canadian High-Speed Service Provider Sierra WiFi.
Today, Kelvin Doe is one of the most respected young African inventors. He has had the opportunity of meeting various leaders of the world including former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton