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Power Supply: Scientist generates electricity from potatoes, says he can fix Nigeria’s problem in 2 years


In an exclusive interview held with Pulse recently,
the self-taught scientist, whose impressive work took six years of
relentless research says he has what it takes to fix Nigeria’s
longstanding power issues in just two years

Sometime in June, a certain Nigerian, 33-year-old Alabi Olusola,
came to public consciousness for an absolutely positive reason – he had
successfully come up with a way to generate electricity from potatoes.
idea of generating power from potatoes is not totally new. Yeah. Just
run a search on Google, you’ll find several articles and videos on the
subject, with some dated 2013 or earlier.
however, does not take away from what Alabi has achieved here, and it is
more remarkable, really, when you consider the fact that he is not
university educated.
During the interview, Alabi, who is an indigene of
Ogbomosho, Oyo State, reveals that after the news of his research got
out, he has been contacted by several institutions abroad- Germany,
Denmark. Finland, China, to name a few- who are impressed by the work he
is doing.
Unsurprisingly, despite the numerous
contacts from other countries, no institution in Nigeria, corporate,
educational, or governmental, has reached out to the self-taught

“The only calls I’ve had were from
people who wanted to know how much it’d cost to have this technology
generating electricity in their homes,”
he says

However, the scientist is more concerned with solving the pressing issue in the country. According to him, “Necessity
is the mother of good invention… The first thing that motivated me [is]
the lack of electricity in the country. [Where] I was living before,
for good eight months, there [was no light.]”
says he is a firm believer in the fact that all problems have
solutions. That, coupled with a sharp inquisitive mind led him into
several attempts at power generation which included research with waste,
plantains, and finally, potatoes.
successfully gotten a working formula at the beginning of the year,
Alabi Olusola wants nothing more than to assist in putting an end to the
ever-present power issues in the country.
“My major aim is, let me do this thing for
Nigerians. Let’s think of what we can do for ourselves. There are lot of
things we can do in this country to generate light.
I get funds… if I am given the opportunity to sit with anybody in
power, I’ll tell them, I know what we can do in this country, that
within two years, the whole country will have [uninterrupted power
supply], I can say it in front of anybody, I’ll [show] them how we can
generate unending electricity in 24 months.”

however recognizes the difficulty in getting those in the corridors of
power to stir themselves and give heed to what he has to offer the

“I know if I tell them now, they’ll say, ‘Oh
don’t mind him’ but if they don’t mind me I know people abroad will soon
come. But this is our land, [let’s make it work]”
he says.
When asked, as a parting shot, to state his most dire need, he was quite unequivocal in his response:
number one thing I need is [assistance. It doesn’t need to be from the
government, it could be from private organizations. This thing needs to
be created on a large scale for it to have the desired effect.] That’s
the major thing”

Time will tell if he gets
response to his plea, and if Nigeria’s electricity problems can once and
for all be put to bed in the next 24 months… or ever!

What do you think?

Culled: Pulse

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