Lighting System to Scare Away Lions.
Lion lights are flashing lights set up around a perimeter facing outwards; which are used to scare away lions. The lion lights were devised by Maasai Richard Turere to prevent night attacks by lions on his family’s cattle herd, which was in Kitengela on the unfenced south side of Nairobi National Park, in Kenya.
These types of attacks often lead to the hunting and killing of the lions, which are endangered.
When Richard Turere was 9 he tried kerosene lamps and scarecrows but these proved not to work, but he noticed that the lions did not attack when people were present, and he theorised that they were deterred by moving torchlight. Therefore, Turere placed LED lights around the perimeter of his family’s cow shed, connected them to vehicle indicator flashers, and powered the system from car batteries charged by a solar panel.
The lion attacks ceased and soon neighbours were asking for him to set up similar systems around their farms. The cattle were also calmer because the lights meant that they could see the land around was safe. Based on this invention, Turere won a scholarship to Brookhouse School. Although originally intended for lions, lion lights may also work for other predators such as leopards and cheetahs.
Mpesa Mobile Money Transfer.
The name of the student who invented Mpesa, or at least by his own right, is Nyagaka Anyona Ouko. The certificate of copyright he presented as evidence dates back to 2012; by then Mpesa was a force to reckon in the Kenyan economy. Ouko also claims that other Kenyans contributed to the founding of Mpesa.
M-PESA is a mobile-payment service, developed by Kenya’s largest mobile-network operator, Safaricom. Launched in 2007, M-PESA was originally developed to allow for payments on micro loans to be easily collected. However, it was found that M-PESA users were using the service to transfer money to one other, in addition.
Unique Kenyan Jewelry and Décor Items.
These include kiondos and kikapus (baskets). There are also glass work, bead work, and sandstone carvings unique to Kenya. These artifacts are very original and make great décor items in different homes across the globe.
The Beautiful and Timeless Kikoy Fabric.
A kikoi is a traditional rectangle of woven cloth originating from Africa. Considered a part of Swahili culture, the kikoi is mostly worn by the Maasai and Kikuyu men of Kenya as well as men from Tanzania and Zanzibar. It is most commonly viewed a type of sarong.
The kikoi emerged from cultural exchange between East Africans and their trading partners from nations like Oman centuries ago. In 1987, model Iman Abdul Majjid introduced kikois to the American market with distribution by the Echo Design Group. The garment remains a popular souvenir for tourists visiting Kenya.
In 2006, British company The Kikoy Company sought to trademark the word “kikoy” in the United Kingdom. Under the Cooperation for Fair Trade in Africa, Kenyan kikoi producers fought back against the trademark, arguing it would hurt their sales in the UK market. The Kikoy Company later withdrew their trademark application. Scholar Sonali Maulik cited the incident as an example of how international intellectual property law does not protect traditional cultural markers because the legal outcome of a challenge to the copyright application would be unclear.
Tusker Beer and Leleshwa Wine.
Tusker is a beer brand owned by East African Breweries, with over 700,000 hectolitres being sold in Kenya per year. It is also the largest African beer brand in the Diageo group. It is a 4.2% ABV pale lager. The beer’s slogan “Bia yangu, Nchi yangu” means “My beer, My country” in Kiswahili.
Leleshwa wine is an incredible wine made in the Rift Valley and the Leleshwa winery is one of Kenya’s main wineries.
In 1922, Kenya Breweries (now East African Breweries) was formally incorporated as a private limited company. The company’s first beer was brewed on 15 December 1922. The first batch was delivered to the Stanley Hotel, where it was met with mixed reactions. The beer, originally from Kenya, shifted through to Tanzania and other countries in the African Great Lakes region, and soon began to be exported.
The company’s first annual general meeting was held in 1923. George Hurst, the company’s founder, was killed in an elephant hunting accident and in his memory, his brother Charles decided to name the first beer brewed “Tusker”.
In 1929, the company’s board moved to use malted barley in the beer’s production instead of using imported malt extracts, significantly improving its taste and colour and saving the company at least £780 (approx. US$1,240 or €985) per year. In 2012, that is approximately £35,400 (approx. US$56,220 or €44,690), assuming an annual inflation rate of 2% from 2011 onwards.
Airplane Made in Kenya.
Gabriel Nderitu had always had a passion for flying and he decided to make his own plane. Every so often, he goes to Kambirwa airstrip in Muranga County and the community gathers to watch his new invention. He has tried to make more planes time and time again, but none of them has soared the sky. His dream is to make an airborne plane. He made his first plane with an old car engine and then started making lighter models. He is an inspiration for many students in science and technology fields and he hopes that one day someone in Kenya will build a plane.
Its propellers are powered by an engine that once milled animal feed. Aluminium bars, bolts and plastic sheeting bought from a local shop and held together with cheap gum make up the frame. A large crowd applauds enthusiastically as young farmhand Onesmus Mwangi publically unveils the 25-kilogramme (55-lb) helicopter he has built from salvaged scrap in his backyard in the village of Magomano, Kenya. And for good reason.
Mwangi, 20, dropped out of school at the age of 12 and has no formal technical training. His labour of love took up every spare waking moment outside his farm job for over seven months, not to mention his savings of 57,000 Kenyan Shillings ($650) – about a year-and-a-half’s salary for him.
Bima Bora Insurance App
Students at Maseno University have come up with a system that will help you purchase insurance cover right from your phone with the possibility of comparing different insurance covers and choosing one that fits you best.
Geoffrey Gicheha, Cyrus Kiprotich and Simon Wambua, all Computer Science fourth year students at Maseno University started Bima Bora Insurance app project back in 2015.”Our objective is to use Information Technology to bring more inclusion in the financial sector and specifically in the insurance sub-sector,” says Gicheha the team leader.
The team agrees that they found a gap in the market when they realized that a lot of Kenyans still believe that insurance is for the rich and most do not compare different insurance covers before they made a choice. The team, therefore, came up with a product that would make it easier for an average Kenyan to access insurance covers at the convenience of their homes through their phones.
Although they are still working on getting insurance companies on board, they have already developed the system and it is ready in Google Play Store. To use the product, users go to Google Play Store and download the application. After signing up, they can then choose the category of insurance they want from the provided options. The user can also visit their website, www.bimabora.com and follow the same procedure. Kiprotich clarifies that for now, when you select the insurance cover you want, they provide a direct link to the insurance company so that you can purchase the cover directly but are working on a feature that will allow users to buy the insurance cover directly from the application.
JKUAT Race Car
At the JKUAT engineering workshops, five students are huddled in a corner, working on pet innovation. Rather than join friends in after class indulgences, the mechanical engineering majors are hoping to build Kenya’s first race car using local resources.
It all started when Mustapha Riyaz, a final year mechanical engineering student consulted his supervisor on a possible course project. Coming from a family of mechanics, the desire to build a car was therefore not surprising.
Aware of the amount of work involved, Mustapha sourced for a small team of like minds, that could synergize to actualize the grand dream.
First on the call list was Doreen Mirigo Otieno, a fourth year student who specializes in automotive engineering. Doubling up as a class representative, Doreen would bring to the team her specialization as well as leadership skills.
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