Meet Mamadu Ndulador Bah: The 20-year-old Sierra Leonean Innovator that developed a generator that uses no fuel


20-year-old Sierra Leonean Innovator, Mamadu Ndulador Bah known for his mind-blowing innovations developed a generator that works without fuel, water, or solar energy and it is CO2 free.

Born on the 25th of July 2002 in Calaba Town, Sierra Leone, Mamadu Ndulador Bah is known for his astounding innovations. The 20-year-old innovator made headlines in recent times as he developed the first-ever locally made computer power bank in Sierra Leone that can fully charge a computer twice before it runs out of power. He also developed a solar-powered generator that runs for 24 hours nonstop.

Mamadu Ndulador Bah’s initial dream was to become a pilot but later dropped that dream of his, poverty, unavailability of Aviation Schools in Sierra Leone, and support to further his education. At the age of nine, Mamadu started developing toys. “I didn’t learn innovation from anyone. I learned it all by myself, it’s self-taught, and also it’s an inspiration from God. It’s in me,” he told The African Dream in an interview. In 2012, while watching a movie titled ‘Merlin’ when their generator eventually went off at the interesting scene of the movie due to lack of fuel. Mamadu became frustrated as he went to his room and began to think if he can do something extraordinary like creating a fuel-free generator. The journey to invent a fuel-free generator began. He asked colleagues and family members if it was possible to make a fuel-free generator, and their reply was negative. They told him a “black man cannot do it.”

Mamadu’s fuel-free generator on display

But Mamadu didn’t let those words pull him down. In 2015, during the Ebola epidemic, he invented his first fuel-free generator prototype but it had noise and produced Carbon dioxide, which is not good for the planet. So he decided to invent a fuel-free generator that is free from CO2 and noise pollution. The generator does not use fuel, water, or solar energy – it is mind-blowing.

The African Dream had an interview with him to tell his inspiring and incredible story to the world.

The African Dream: Tell us about your innovation and what prompted you to develop a fuel-free generator.

Mamadu: “I invented a fuel-free generator that uses no fuel, no water, and no sun-power to put it on, and also it is sound-free and CO2-free. What prompted me to invent a fuel-free generator was, when I was nine years old I was watching my favourite movie called ‘Merlin’ when our generator went off at an interesting scene of the movie due to lack of fuel. I became frustrated and angry. I went to my room and began to think if I can do something extraordinary like creating a fuel-free generator. So I started bringing up these ideas on how to do it. In 2015, during the Ebola epidemic, I invented my first fuel-free generator prototype but it had noise and produced CO2. So I decided to take advantage of the global pandemic and ‘stay at home to invent a fuel-free generator that is free from CO2and noise which could be environmentally friendly and which won’t affect our planet – which I invented this year using most of my ‘no school’ free-time. Another thing that also prompted me to invent a fuel-free generator was my community. In the community where I live, there is no access to electricity, and most of my colleague students are also deprived of access to electricity which makes it very difficult to study at night. So I had to think of something creative and environmentally friendly that will help salvage the situation in my community.”

The African Dream: Where and how did you learn innovation?

Mamadu: “I didn’t learn from anyone. I did it all by myself. It’s an inspiration from God. It’s in me.”

The African Dream: Why a fuel-free generator?

Mamadu: “When you look at these generators that uses fuel, they have a lot of negative effects like the release of carbon monoxide that affects our climate and also our health. They are also agents of noise pollution. So I wanted to create something environmentally friendly and health-friendly which won’t affect our climate and our health – so I decided to invent a fuel-free generator that is free from noise and CO2 and one that is 100% non-renewable.”

The African Dream: Your fuel-free generator, what is its voltage?

Mamadu: “This is a prototype, It has a voltage of 220V. It can power an 18 inches flat-screen TV and also it can charge mobile phones. It can power any electrical gadget with 500Watts.”

The African Dream: What are your dreams and aspirations?

Mamadu: “I want to be the Elon Musk in Africa, perhaps do more than him. I have something greater in me that will compete with him. I want to create 100% non-renewable cars, planes, trains, and so on. I just want to change the world and save it from the things that are affecting it; like global warming.”

The African Dream: What are some of the challenges you’re encountering as an inventor in Sierra Leone?

Mamadu: “One is sponsorship, and two is the unavailability of equipment and training. I don’t have the actual partners to team up with and create something big than this. I need sponsors to help me get the required training. With that, I can do something even bigger than this. My innovation ideas are to help change my community, country, and the world at large. So I believe if I have the required training and education, I will accomplish my dreams that will change the world.”

The African Dream: What message do you have for potential sponsors and the government?

Mamadu: “They (the government) have to look for people like us. I want them to support me get the required education and training. They don’t have to be scared to help. I can do much better than this. All I need is sponsorship and help me attain the required level of training and education that I need. I am ready to be the next Elon Musk of Africa!!!”

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