1. The Lion Lights
Maasai community popularly known as the “Maa” are pastoralists who live near most of Kenya’s game parks and reserves.
At the age of 11 years, one young Maasai herder by the name Richard Turere, invented a flashlight that he named “Lion Lights”. For years, Richard had watched his community struggle with losing their herds now and then when lions attacked their homesteads.
Due to his love for electronics, Richard was prompted to find a solution to this problem. This is when he came up with the idea of a light system that would imitate the movements of a person using a torch to look after the herds.
His invention saved the whole community as they did not have to watch over their cattle all night. On top of this, Richard’s idea saw him featured at TED Talks show to share his story.
It is impossible to talk about Kenyan inventions without looking at Mpesa. This invention that began as a mere university project turned out to be a massive world-class invention. It not only changed Kenya’s history but world history at large.
Mpesa is a mobile money transfer system whereby one person can send money to another by phone. Today, the invention has immensely grown to incorporate bank transfer services, electronic transfers, and other services like buying goods, paying bills, and other services just to name a few. Mpesa has also gone global as one can send money from abroad through Mpesa.
Mpesa was invented by a JKUAT student by the name Nyagaka Anyona Ouko. At least he is the official holder of the copyright certificate dated back in 2012. Nyagaka’s invention was a force to reckon Kenyan’s history let alone the economy.
3. Kenya’s jewellery and artifacts
Kenyan’s jewellery and artifacts are known and adored worldwide. Although there is no specific inventor of the works, the embroideries, beadworks, soapstone carvings, and kiondos have been used since the time of our forefathers. These creative handworks are original, unique, and their beauty has changed the face of Kenya globally.
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