Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Is There An African MacGyver?

Believe it or not, the African version of MacGyver had been found a few years ago. How does he compare to the American named Angus MacGyver? 

By: Ringo Bones 

Believe it or not, the African version of MacGyver had been found by TV presenter Jon Stewart in an interview with one of his hosts. Back in October 7, 2009 one of the guests on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart named William Kamkwamba who pitched a book titled The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – about  Kamkwamba’s his experience as a 14-year-old boy in Malawi who created his very own wind generator using “junk” – i.e. disused building materials. 

TV host Jon Stewart then quipped during the course of the interview that the closest America has to the 14-year-old boy from Malawi who built his own wind generator was the fictional TV series character named MacGyver who uses readily available materials to solve immediate problems he currently faces – most of then life-or-death problems needing timely solutions worthy of an action-packed TV series. Unfortunately for America, the real-life MacGyver this time is a 14-year-old boy from Malawi who made his own wind generator using disused construction materials and with an ad hoc circuit breaker made up of surplus iron nails. Maybe William Kamkwamba will from that moment on be nicknamed “Mac Kamkwamba" everytime he visits the United States. 

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