Kelvin Bokai Doe is Sierra Leone’s sensational engineer who moved on to be recognized as Africa’s own ‘Wonder-Kid’ Innovator. Born on 26th October 1996 in Freetown, Kelvin is highly known and respected for teaching himself engineering at the age of 13. From scrap metals, he built his own radio station in Sierra Leone that served as a platform to play music and broadcast news under the name “DJ Focus.”
At a time when His country was in the news for all the wrong reasons, Kelvin decided to change the narrative and project Sierra Leone in a whole different light by building batteries, generators and radio transmitters to help engage his community.
Kelvin received a lot of media buzz after his YouTube video at MIT’s “Visiting Practitioner’s Program” went viral in 2012. His accomplishments were documented by radical media and presented on their corporate YouTube channel which saw the likes of CNN, NBC News, and The Huffington Post pick up the story after his video was viewed more times than Barack Obama’s election speech.
He has since had the opportunity of meeting various leaders of the world including former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Ghanaian President, Nana Akufo-Addo. He has also spoken to several young people on different platforms like TEDxTeen and even lectured to undergraduate engineering students at Harvard College.
In May 2013, Kelvin signed a $100,000 solar project pact with Canadian High Speed Service Provider, Sierra WiFi. He constantly works on new inventions and shares them via his Twitter account. The latest gadgets include an emergency shoe charger and something to help people trace lost mobile phones.
Kevin Doe, almost 21, is one of the most respected young African inventors and runs his own company called KDoe-Tech Inc and heads a foundation called The Kelvin Doe Foundation. KDoe-Tech is a Technology company that designs, develops and sells consumer electronics, electrical and logistics services. The outfit also focuses on supporting entrepreneurs in Africa by enhancing the competitiveness of the private sector using innovation.
Kelvin was also listed in the Forbes 30 under 30 list as one of Africa’s most promising entrepreneurs. He recently ended his Innovation Catalyst Tour in Ghana – a 14-day tour of Ghana, where he spoke at 10 universities and visited some of the top Ghanaian tech startups. The Innovation Catalyst Tour is a Kelvin Doe Foundation Project and is billed to be a Global Tour starting with 6 African Countries; Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa and Sierra Leone. The Ghana Tour was in partnership with Idea Factory Africa and Young CEOs Africa.
At such a young age, Kelvin’s contribution to the advancement of technology in his home country Sierra Leone and Africa as a whole has been tremendous. By mentoring other youngsters in the field of engineering and technology innovation, kelvin is relentlessly contributing his quota to help raise the next generation of smart thinkers and innovators.