What Ever Happened to Child Prodigy Kelvin Doe?

What Ever Happened to Child Prodigy Kelvin Doe?

At 13 years old, Kelvin Doe became the MacGyver of the Sierra Leone.

Kelvin Doe (aka DJ Focus) invented batteries, an FM transmitter, a sound amplifier, a three-channel mixer and a mic receiver by using garbage. He started to build his own radio station at 11 years old. The Dwozark resident "focuses' his passion on engineering. By using discarded metal, cargo boxes and cables, he broadcast news, his favorite dance hall tunes and even took up DJing.

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“They call me DJ Focus because I believe if you focus,
you can do an invention perfectly.”

Doe says. Nowadays, 20-year-old Doe runs his own company called KDoe-Tech Inc. He also founded The Kelvin Doe Foundation. He constantly works on new inventions and shares them on his Twitter account. The latest gadgets include an emergency shoe charger and something to help people trace lost mobile phones.

His family initially scolded him for collecting garbage. However, Doe never gave up and focused on his engineering talents. He created batteries to power lights in area homes, and he fixed all of his friends' electrical devices.

The young inventor first emerged as a finalist of GMin's Innovate Salon Idea Competition with a generator made by soda, acid and metal, and wrapped together with tape. That competition led him to meet David Sengeh at a summer camp organized by Innovate Salon. Sengeh is a MIT Ph.D. student.


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“It’s very inspirational. He created a generator because he needed it” says David Sengeh.

Sengeh invited Doe to MIT Visiting Practitioner's Program, as the youngest person to ever participate. His accomplishments and amazing experience were documented and went viral. He inspired billions of people and his videos even got watched more than United States President Barack Obama's election speech, he says.

Afterward, Kelvin spoke on TEDxTeen in 2012 and told his story to undergraduate engineering students at Harvard College.

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In May 2013, Doe's dream came true. He signed a $100,000 solar project agreement with Canadian High-Speed WiFi Service Provider. Now he is the CEO of his own company. This one kid made a big difference for a small town in Sierra Leone.

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Of Doe, Presidential advisor Naasu Fofanah says:

“You can have kids with all sorts of technologies but they are out there doing drugs, being rogues. But here is a kid who has been going to the garbage and basically messing his mother’s very tiny living room with all sort of dirt.”

Follow him on Twitter and stay tuned for new inventions of @kellofocus


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Written by Tamar Melike Tegün