Illiterate boy provides electricity to farming community
He cannot write his own name because he has no formal education. But to the people in his community, he is more than an electrical engineer.
Every day when the sun goes down and the entire Kakabo community is enveloped in darkness, TT, as the village folks call him, would switch on his machine and there is light.
They all call me electricity boy. There is now electricity here but I have my own plant and I supply them. Everyone who needs it, gets, he says.
Meshack Sogah’s life changed when he repaired an abandoned stone crusher often used by small scale miners and connected some smaller electronic components. He instantly generates enough power to supply 27 homes whick are all now connected to his private electrification system.
Joy FM Western Regional Correspondent Kwaku Owusu Peprah reports that TT switches on his crudely made generator set at 6pm and supplies power to the people till 7am daily.
He takes contributions of 5 cedis from each household with which he buys diesel to power the machine.
Kwaku says the ‘generator’ consumes eight-cedis worth of diesel every night and supplies sustainable and stable power to all the 27 household who are responsible for wiring their homes to receive the service.
Kakabo has no running, clinic, mobile phone network or good roads but thanks to TT, the village people enjoy electricity even if for 13 hours a day.
His father is proud of the boy’s creativity and imagines the excellent engineer his son would have become if he had some good education.
The neighbors and patrons are glad that at least they have light.
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