I really wish I could have gone to be a part of MakerFaire Africa. MakerFaire Africa brought together African inventors, makers and other people for a three-day fair last weekend at the Kofi Annan Center of Excellence for ICT in Accra. It featured the showcasing of different products, services, projects and technologies as well as some panels and speakers. It showed the ingenuity of Africans, especially when it came to using local materials to solve local problems.
A couple of friends, Nii Simmonds of Nubian Cheetah, Emeka Okafor of Timbuktu Chronicles and Henry Barnor of the GhanaThink Foundation and the BarCamp Ghana team were amongst the organizer. Much props to them for organizing such a spectacular fair.
Ameyaw Debrah of the Jaded Renegade also attended MakerFaire Africa. He's a great citizen journalist who reports about different events and happenings in Ghana. You can check out his Youtube channel for a wide variety of interviews, and videos, especially about Ghanaian entertainment. Below is a video he has from MakerFaire Africa.
Johannes Thomas Arthur finds an innovative way to put waste plastic bottles to use. He has constructed a set of living room furniture using containers used for bottling water. He recently exhibited his collection at the first ever Maker Faire Africa.
Oluniyi David Ajao also posted a video about assembled electronics. We know about the Suame Magazine and the great work they are doing there, but there is a lot more going on in various homes across the continent. I have long complained of Africa being a place where things are repaired, I hope we can get more into creating and making more. Here's the video
The three friends I mentioned above are also involved in Afrobotics. They organized a robot making workshop with Lego's Mindstorms. An MIT team I was part of once organized a six-week course in my alma-mater Presec (secondary school level) about robots and MindStorms in 2004 and it was fun. Afrobotics will organize a competition to fuel engineering, science, innovation, and entrepreneurship on the African continent, utilizing robotics.
The next MakerFaire Africa will be in Nairobi, maybe I can make that. :-)
Stop talking, start making. Tsooboi!