Trailblazer of the Week: Kevin Doe

Kelvin Doe, also known as DJ Focus, is a  Sierra Leonean engineer. He is known for teaching himself engineering at the age of 13 and building his own radio station in Sierra Leone, where he plays music and broadcasts news under the name “DJ Focus. He was born in Free Town October 26, 1996

Kelvin Doe  invented batteries, an FM transmitter, a sound amplifier, a three-channel mixer and a mic receiver by using garbage. He started to build his own radio station at 11 years old. The Dwozark resident “focuses’ his passion on engineering. By using discarded metal, cargo boxes and cables, he broadcast news, his favorite dance hall tunes and even took up DJing.

Soon after his inventiveness became clear, he was interviewed on local Television, but his fame  skyrocketed when he took part in a local Youth-oriented innovation challenge organised by David Sengeh, PH.D. Student at the M.I.T. Media Lab. Kelvin’s countryman, David Sengeh a PhD student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab (MIT), gave Kelvin the opportunity of a lifetime by making it possible for him to be invited as a visiting practitioner (the youngest to date) at MIT’s International Development Program. For 3 weeks in September, Kelvin was exposed to a world that he has only ever dreamt of, but he handled it with the same ease and curiosity as he did the old scraps of technology that he reversed-engineered. David was so impressed, that he helped Kelvin become the youngest person in history to be invited to the “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” at MIT.

Kevin Doe with David Sengeh @ MIT Media LAb (Paula Aguilera)

I Love Inventing.

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

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, Kevin Doe is one of the most respected among other young African inventors. He has had the opportunity of meeting various leaders of the world including former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Ghanaian President,  Nana Akufo-Addo He has also been able to speak to young people in Africa on different platforms.

Source: Huffington Post, TedxTeen, IdeatoValue, Wikipedia Newyork Daily News, Adofo Akintola (postpositive)

Image Credit: youtube, thnkr


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