Valuing the African Genius

Shehu Saleh Balami

Shehu Saleh Balami, a Nigerian researcher, successfully launched in 2008 a solid-fuel rocket in Kaduna when he was 28 years old. He was then a graduate in 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 his 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.

The two rockets cost him 30,000 naira each (approximately 190 dollars) and were produced with local materials only.

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 and launch them into space.

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Profile reviewed: January 1, 2017

First publication: November 2013