William Kamkwamba: Harnessing the Wind

Discovering Africa Network meets the Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

It is Friday, April 12, 2013 and Discovering Africa Network is on its way to the 5th Global Opportunities Conference at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. The topic to be discussed is Africa: Creative Solutions for Development and the Keynote speaker is Mr. William Kamkwamba.

Mr.William Kamkwamba is the co-author of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope (William Morrow) a New York Times bestseller, relating the story of how he achieved his dream of bringing electricity, light, and the promise of a better life to his family and his Malawi village.

He has appeared on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, ABC's Good Morning America, CSPAN Book-TV, and NPR. A 2007 TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Global Fellow, he was a student in the inaugural class of the Pan-African Leadership Academy in South Africa.

Kamkwamba has addressed audiences at the 2008 World Economic Forum, multiple times at TED, and at schools and universities across the globe.

William Kamkwamba and Discovering Africa Network

Mr. William Kamkwamba and Discovering Africa Network

As we anticipate William’s arrival we embrace the rich hospitality of Appalachian State University. The beauty of the University is reflected on the students and staff. The institution has a heart for innovation and global development. It is a great camping ground for entrepreneurs. William is a suitable centerpiece on this day.

As William enters the stage for his speech the crowd applauds, knowing his inspirational story. William, a man of humility thanks the organizers for giving him an opportunity to share his story.

Lesson from Speech

As he spoke one of the things that stood out was when he explained that in life we face challenges, but the challenges should not stop us from accomplishing our dreams. Furthermore, he said that it is important to have passion in everything that we do. The passion is the driving force that overcomes any challenge. William overcame many challenges to achieve success.

His speech was inspirational and every attendee went out with a passion to make a difference in the world. We all have the minds to effectively change the world. William harnessed the road blocks earlier in his life, and channeled his energy towards developing Malawi.

William was able to take control of his situation and define his destiny. He is a model for all Africans.

Discovering Africa Network had earlier featured William as one of Africa's bright entrepreneurs. Read more