We have heard it said often…

Necessity is the mother of invention.

But what does it really mean?

when the need for something becomes imperative, you are forced to find ways of getting or achieving it. – Oxford Dictionary


At the age of fifteen, I had no clue about what I wanted for myself or how best to impact my community. I had no genius skills, my imaginations were wild and free but also uncoordinated. The most creative thing I probably invented from scrap was converting an old telephone handle into a microphone. So, pardon my awe and amazement at what Kelvin Doe, a young inventor and innovator from Sierra Leone, was able to achieve at that age with his pin point focus. And of course he adopted the On-Air moniker DJ Focus.

WATCH: 15-Yr-Old Kelvin Doe Wows M.I.T.

It took me three years to discover this gem and now my remote mentor, whose activities I’ll be monitoring closely. His next mission was to develop a windmill which would provide electricity to rural homes in his vicinity. Not surprisingly, bureacratic red tape affected these plans and I heard he was increasingly disillusioned by the gap between his growing popularity and its minimal effect on his community for which his inventions were originally intended.

Kelvin is a prodigy, and so not many may have his “calling” but beyond his skills and ingenuity, lie his desire to serve, to provide solutions to gnawing problems.

His radio station (consisting of portable disc players, a 3-channel mixer, a generator and transmitter), was built with the intent to entertain his community as well as provide a voice for youths to air out their problems and share ideas on how to solve them.

Kelvin could have blamed the seeming inability of the country’s government to provide basic amenities (like electricity), on his inability to fulfil his dreams but instead used those circumstances to galvanise a movement that resonates world wide.

It will be nice to see him patent works in the not too distant future.

Meanwhile, I will continue to learn from him.

ps: We’re not related as my adoption of Doe was for entirely different purposes. But I now see the Divine connection as we do share common interests in radio and we are both southpaws.

They call me DJ Focus because I believe if you focus, you can do an invention perfectly – Kelvin Doe


Author: Tony Doe

Voice-Overs, Radio Imaging & Production, Podcasts, Internet Radio.