November 19, 2013
Shehu Saleh Balami, a Nigerian inventor, successfully launched in 2008 a solid-fuel rocket in Kaduna when he was 28 years old. He was then a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna.
Actually, Shehu Balami has been involved in the making of rockets since the year 2000. And in 2008, he manufactured the first rocket, which he later modified in 2011. The solid-fuel rocket was produced under the auspices of the Movement for the Propagation of Science and Technology in Nigeria.
He produced the two rockets with 100 per cent local materials at an approximate cost of 30,000 naira each (approximately 190 dollars).
African countries are unable to launch their own satellites because they do not trust local inventors. Yet, this inventor, just like Jean-Patrice Keka from Congo-Kinshasa and Serigne Mactar BÂ from Senegal, believes that Nigeria can build its own satellites, as well as the space ships that will propel them into space. They just need to be trusted.