17-year-old young Sierra Leonean innovator Fofanah Kabba has taken social media by storm after turning plastic wastes into bricks.
At age 17, a young Sierra Leonean innovator, Fofanah Kabba dreamt of setting up a big factory in Sierra Leone where he can convert waste plastic to pavers and bricks. During an interview with Salone Messenger, a global multimedia and public relations firm, he said; “My dream is to set up a big factory in Sierra Leone where we can convert waste plastic to pavers and bricks.”
The 17-year-old Sierra Leonean engineer and inventor would know His idea which he hopes to turn into a business start-up to recycle tonnes of plastic destined for landfill into eco-friendly bricks that are stronger, cheaper, and lighter than concrete. A creation of his own design, these sustainable paving blocks are more durable, stronger, and cheaper than those from concrete.
The initiative, turning plastic waste into pavers and bricks, according to the 17 years old will help combat plastic waste in not just his home country but the globe at large and it will create job opportunities for young people in Africa. But even though Fofanah’s idea might be a solution to end global plastic waste, he is faced with so many challenges like setting up a factory to do his work. Fofanah told Salone Messenger that he is currently using local methods to produce the bricks from plastic waste and that this process causes ‘more carbon emission and air pollution which is not good for nature, my health and those around me.”
Fofanah’s plastic-made bricks are ”more durable, stronger, and cheaper than concrete bricks.” The young innovator expressed his plans to produce in bulk quantity but says he needs modern machines to fulfill his vision. He told Salone Messenger that he needs three machines to produce more eco-friendly bricks for commercial use. These machinery are; extreder, extruder, and compressor. The extreder is used to cut the plastic into small particles; the extruder is used to melt the plastics, and the compressor is used to compress the bricks and pavers to gain their normal weight.
My dream is to set up a big factory in Sierra Leone where we can convert plastic wastes to pavers and bricks. But to achieve this dream I need your support to raise funds to set up a factory, where I can also employ my fellow Sierra Leoneans, especially the youths – Fofanah Kabba speaking to Salone Messenger.
We at Salone Messenger would be happy to see Fofanah’s dream come true and his vision for Sierra Leone and Africa become a thing of the past. It is so rare to see a 17-year-old like Fofanah have such a dream. To support him achieve his goals, you can contact the following: