The Boy who Harnessed the Wind in Africa

“Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope”

Who would expect that young teenager to construct a working windmill that would produce useful electricity, in a poverty-stricken farm community in Africa? It would seem like a worthless dream, except that the story is true. The boy himself would eventually become co-author of the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Its Amazon ranking on May 11, 2013: #4,009

Biography of William Kamkwanba, of Africa - "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" - Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope

William Kamkwamba – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

From the Prologue:

The preparation was complete, so I waited. The muscles in my arms still burned from having worked so hard, but now I was finished. The machinery was bolted and secured. The tower was steady and unmoving under the weight of the twisted steel and plastic. Looking at it now, it appeared exactly as it was—something out of a dream.

From the back cover:

“The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is the inspiring story of a young man in Africa who used the only resources available to him to build a windmill and elevate the lives and spirits of those in his community. Will Kamkwamba’s achievements with wind energy should serve as a model of what one person, with an inspired idea, can do to tackle the crisis we face. His book tells a moving and exciting story.” —Al Gore

Basic Book Details:

  • Published by William Morrow; Reprint edition: July 27, 2010
  • Authors: William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  • Paperback, 320 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061730337
  • Special price on Amazon (May 11, 2013) $11.02
  • Nonfiction, biography, science, conservation


Biography of an inventor boy in Africa

In 2003, a drought struck, causing a famine, in which many people died. William had to drop out of school but still remained determined to learn. He walked to the library & discovered a book on windmills, then a book on energy. He taught himself how to build and power a windmill.


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