Over here at MyWeku nothing gets us as giddy and excited as coming across a new “creation” or “innovation” on our beloved continent – Africa. However, once in a while as obsessed as we are about all things African, even we have to scratch our heads in slight bewilderment often followed by the question. Would our readers and fans really want to see or read about this?
This is one such piece. It is the story of a Chris Nsamba, a Ugandan’s dream to thrust Africa into space with an aircraft that could penetrate the surface of space. Whilst America, Russia and others cut back on their multi-billion dollar space exploration programmes, Uganda’s own “Yuri Gagarin” is busy building a space craft with no funding and in his mother’s backyard! Mr Nsamba states “I’ve got a jet engine on order so I’m planning to build a tunnel, put the engine at one end and when I throw a guy in he’ll float in a similar way to how he would in space.’
He also states in the video below that, ‘It isn’t about money, it isn’t about competition or pride. The mission is about advancement in space technology as a continent and what we can contribute towards that”
This man clearly has his heart in the right place. If only some of our leaders had his zeal and foresight his project would not have been described as “Africa’s first” and perhaps certainly not as a space aircraft. There are great new innovations coming out of Uganda such as the country’s first home built electric car and its award winning mobile and web apps. This sadly is not one of them.
Photo Courtesy: daily mail (UK)