He can turn your pee to sparks!

There are many, unfortunately little known, remarkable people amongst us. People who have taken upon themselves the quest to better our world. I stumbled on another last week while going through some comments of Facebook. I had to make contact and we subsequently arranged a meeting. 
A long read but worth every line.
Hello, Ejikeme. Tell us a little about you and how you got started as an inventor.

I was born and named Ejikeme Nwosu on 4th February, 1983 to my parents, Chief Christopher Nwosu and Mrs. Mary Nwosu. I was the seventh child of family of eight children. Right from my kindergarten days, I found it much easier to understand and learn things compared to my peers. Apart from that, I loved asking questions and always wanted to know how things happen. I remember vividly one night as I was trekking with my elder brother on the street of Awka, Anambra state, and there was darkness everywhere as the electricity supply was lost but I noticed that cars on the road still have their lights on. I asked him, ‘Obii, why is it that NEPA has taken our light without taking the ones used by the cars?’. I can’t remember his responses then but I am pretty sure that I wasn’t satisfied with whatever he told me. I was in kindergarten then. The questions remained in me until at a point I got to know that cars are not powered by the national electricity grid, since the electricity supply of cars are more reliable, we can duplicate such in our homes, estates etc.

I loved reading lives of great scientists and philosophers, in fact I so much admired the way they do things like being non materialistic and keeping beards. Laughs.

My secondary school Chemistry teacher, Mr. Umeh, was god-like in his ways of teaching us Chemistry. His inspiration was so much that I started conducting little experiments at home using equipments I fabricated.

As an undergraduate I joined American Chemical Society and received weekly publications of Chemical and Engineering News and other Chemistry Journals. Joining this Society made me understand that I need more than passing exams to become a great Scientist. This new way of thought made me to run independent researches and publish research works as an undergraduate.

I am no scientist but I can deduce that that was the longest ‘little about yourself’ ever.

You coined the name Gason, given to a different state of water you discovered. How has the acceptance been?

Yes, I coined the name GASON as a new state of water. I did series of studies to arrive at conviction that water vapour from hot water and ice are different. It sounds crazy, but my guts never failed me.. I had challenges getting the research article published, but I later published it in a Journal recommended by one of my Lecturers. I was eager to get the work published then, but now I realize that I have to do more works on the Theory and get the work published in a more influential Journal or at least attend high impact scientific conferences to discuss this theory. But I am sure that the world and entire scientific community will celebrate the work someday, of course after some initial ridicule.

What is the first thing a new inventor should consider? What are things an inventor should avoid?

I would love Inventors to think of the usefulness of what they want to invent. Inventors should focus on inventing what makes life better and earth safer.

Inventors should avoid plagiarism and give due recognitions to whoever is due.

How did you finance your business, and how have your finances changed as you’ve grown your business? 

Business financing hasn’t been easy, because I finance both the Research and Business aspect. Although we are working on bringing in partners. We need governments support especially in the areas of advocacy, our people need to be told that their wastes can be used to generate electricity for them and more. We did series of presentations with the federal government via the Ministries but no serious commitment so far has come from the FG. But we are re strategizing on way forward.

What secrets have you learned in terms of marketing your product and getting it into stores? 

Ok don’t answer that.

As a young man above 30 years, you mind giving me a rough amount of megawatts I have peed off in my lifetime? 

Laughs


Going back to your business’s beginnings, what process did you follow to develop a prototype? 

We have been able to fabricate a pilot plant that converts urine into energy, the functioning is very okay. We are trying to secure some deals from different organizations to install these facilities for them.




And has the government been in any way involved in your work?

NO.
I don’t even know why I asked that question. 


What licensing deals are in place?

We have been able to secure an invention patent right for this technology.
Cool..

What has been your greatest success so far?

I can say that the greatest success so far is the construction of a functional plant to uses this technology. We are just sowing now, I hope that we will reap bountifully soon.

…and your lowest point? 

Lowest point was when we were trying to secure a deal from a very big facility in the country, we were still doing checks to know what could be the cost of the project, someone asked that I should bribe him out rightly based on what he anticipated could br the project cost. I told I am no longer interested. Yes, we all need money but our love for excellence and patriotism must rise above our love for money.
I love that last line. You probably should have it as your company slogan. It would be the longest slogan ever but hey, you have a knack for long lines. 






Lastly, what advice would you offer other inventors developing products?

Keep doing the good work even if you are not paid, one day someone that knows your value will reward you.
I’m sure people out there would say the same to you sir: to keep doing the good work. The world would be a much easier place with people like you.

again and again!

I am reminded of this one time I was taking a stroll just as the sun was setting. OK I wasn’t strolling, I was starving and had to go buy what to eat. I get in front of this gas station and thud! the pavement hit my right big toe. I finished one round of cussing and thought to look back at the spot so I can ponder on how it happened. I shouldn’t have. Thud! the raised opening of the underground tank hit my right toe again.

What in Trump’s tupee is this about?!

So I had to massage the toe and take my time walking. I stepped in the mini mart at the station and as I move to open the refrigerator door. Thud! my right shin. I swear i could see the galaxy in all its shades.
Indeed life wasn’t being fair to me but I took it like a man with a single tear waiting for the slightest opportunity to slip through the eyelids.

But then some days after, I got my first ever nomination on WordPress from the ever cool O’Shine . And I was still busy stretching out and relishing that moment when I got another.

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It was from Madhumita and
Rohit Srivastava
, the amazing blogger duo

I hadn’t let that sink in yet and was still thinking on how to respond when I got yet another!

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This one by Confabler the amazing writer.

Yea, maybe it’s not much, but hey, its got me feeling like this…

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Many thanks to these guys who thought I deserved them, it’s such a good feeling knowing you are there.

My toe still hurts though.

I was nominated!

So about two weeks ago I was doing the usual stuff I do every day which involves writing, reading, laughing and breathing, for the most part.
Then O’Shine, the man with the most interesting personality over forty-five, pointed me to a nomination.
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Me? Woo-hoo!

I’ve known this man, online, only a few years but that’s enough for him to become a part of me. I owe him more than he realizes. His witty, funny, no holds barred pieces have been a part of my everyday for so long.

If O’Shine thinks I deserved it then I really do. Y’all should thank him with me. :mrgreen:
He blogs here

Oh, by the way, irrespective of what he might eventually have you believe, he’s no womanizer.

PS: this should have come much earlier. I must’ve saved it as draft back then instead of posting immediately.

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Ire ni o!

I’m lucky to be acquainted with alot of geniuses. This guy happens to be one of them, a musical genius. From South Africa to Liberia and back to Nigeria he has been dishing out beautiful pieces of music both as a music producer and an artist.

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Checkout that smile… Hehehe!

His most recent release sung in English and the local Yoruba dialect is titled ire meaning Blessings and is such a beautifully delivered track that one cannot but move to it.

“I am a musician who is inspired by personal experiences. One of my experiences made me write this song.”

Please convert for us more of such experiences. Looks like them experiences will make good music. It did sound abit like gospel music, so when I asked, he said:

“It’s a song of assurance, of hope. Although the elements are there, It’s not a religious song at all”

Oh, OK. It’s all good. Still the kind to rock the club, the house and the church. Awesome!

To download the song click here or here

One more thing, you have to Share!

To connect with him on Twitter and Instagram, see the photo above.

Beep-Beep!

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It’s been a long time coming!
One of the few truly talented artists in Africa, and one that I have been privileged to work with has just  released the music video to her awesome track.
Finally, the video for Beep-Beep drops!

Watch

Temidollface is known for her knack for perfection, be it in her music or whatever else she delves into. She’s such a… enough, just watch this video! There’s a long story behind this video though.
But just watch!

Do share it too!

Go ahead and watch

Director: James Slater

Director Of Photography: Carl Burke

Styling: Temi DollFace And Natasha Lawes

Artwork : Chief Emmanuel

“Beep Beep” features Black Magic, was written by Temi DollFace, produced by Ikon and co-produced by Temi DollFace.

Temidollface is on: Facebook Instagram Twitter Google+ and Tumblr

With a ball-point Pen? No way!

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Yes, a ball-point Pen! And not a Harry Potter type pen, just a regular pen!

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Me oh my! It’s almost like he took a picture and added a blue filter.

     
        

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Notice the details?

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Obama looks better here.

This extraordinary talent, Oscar Okonu, has been drawing since he was the tiny age of nine, though he only started using the ballpoint pen in 2014. He makes it look easy, doesn’t he?

     

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The twenty-three -year old chose the ballpoint pen for his works that turn out so darn photo realistic. This art form has obviously been around for a while but, this Oscar guy gives it another life!

“What inspired me mostly is because I have seen people do it. Artisans who don’t have professional tools, but when they look around them and see something they can use, something that is available for them, they turn it into greater works that people who have the professional tools will envy them,” Oscar Okonu

So this kid studies a picture of his subject for a long time before drawing them. And because he wants a strong connection to his work, he most times uses their photo as a wallpaper on his various mobile devices. Now that is passion.

“After getting the reference photo that I want to use, I study it for about two days. So when I’m studying it, if it is a musician, I have to listen to the music to get inspired and get connected.”

Whoa! The music too?!! I can never draw anything from music. I mean I can sing the song eventually, but I can’t draw shit.

            

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It’s always painstaking work. Each piece requires anything from 20 to 150 hours to perfect.

The young Nigerian, Oscar Okonu plans to hold his first solo exhibition this year.

Wait, what?

I have to showcase my new talent too. Where’s my pen?!
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There!
    

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I just need to use the right pen. That’s all I need.

Oh, and by the way, Oscar can draw you for a token. But if you want a free drawing, tell him I sent you. Then send me the token.

*goes in search of other pen*

Toothpicks! Really!

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I’ve met some really talented people in my life. The guy you are about to meet being one of them. It was by sheer happenstance that our paths crossed. It was back in the University when myself and a course mate decided to go visit a third course mate at her house. So there we were, waiting for the Indomie noodles to get ready and planning how we would mock her life out if it didn’t taste better than the one we cooked ourselves in our individual houses. I decided to have a look around the building as i liked to do amebo explore. I stepped out her room and wore the the pair of slippers I set my eyes on. Long story short, it was his pair of slippers and we quickly bonded. Cool guy he was. We talked extensively about concepts for films and then he showed me an artwork he was working on. Made of toothpicks and glue!
Ladies and gentlemen Adeoye Adetunji

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He is a graduate of Mathematics from the University of Ilorin. He’s now an Actor, Artiste and Production designer.

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So much for mathematics…

He doesn’t think he’s got many talents cos all he does is Art. Funny.

Oh, I mentioned he’s an actor, right? Well, he came out First runner up in the just concluded “Next Movie Star” reality tv show.

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He still doesn’t think he’s got many talents cos all he does is Art. Still funny.

So this guy discovered a way to express himself through art about ten years ago and he does this using your everyday toothpicks.

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Toothpicks! I thought those were for teeth and cleaning fingernails… and ears?

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He labels his form of art 2thpickart.

His work has been featured on  CCTV Africa, Channels TV, Moments with MO, Life TV , AM Express, TVC , Architecture magazines and many more.

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He doesn’t think he’s multi talented though….

Wait, there’s more. He also has to his credit “Art director/Production designer” in host of movies, music videos and series!

He’s got plans to bring all experience, craft, personality and exposure to his very own movie that’ll be titled “NEGA“. He says we should expect it to be coming out sometime in the near future. The movie will be about events in an imaginary “Wooden age” to state the fact that there was technology before civilization. Now who wouldn’t want to see that!

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Li-Fi is here!

Heard about Li-Fi? Well, it does sound strikingly similar to Wi-Fi doesn’t it? That’s because it also has to do with data sharing and transfer and such. OK, before I go any further let me quickly join the trend. I’m a Li-Fi person now…that’s until I start to actually start to use it.

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There we go!
Moving on…
There’s this really smart guy, a Professor, actually. Harald Haas He coined the term Li-Fi. That was way back in 2011. Can you believe that? I just heard about it days ago?? Anyway, the technology uses ordinary LED room lights to transmit data around the house. LED!! No modems no antennas. Just light. That’s just bright!

With this Li-Fi which uses multiple lights in a room, interference is a no no. Li-Fi enables devices to use their in-built stand by LED lights to transmit data. Lights! Oh me oh my!!

Don’t beam just yet

I saw this line flash across my screen this morning:
Astronomers would like to beam the entire contents of Wikipedia into space in the hope of contacting aliens.

So obviously, a group of scientists have plans to somehow transfer the entire content of  Wikipedia onto a planet on which they believe exists extraterrestrial civilization. Lets hope they have WiFi. 

They want to send messages to hundreds of star systems and planets 20 light years away using radio telescopes.

OK, lets hope they have Radio telescope receiver..things.

While this seems like a brilliant idea to many people across the globe and a very bad idea to many others, I for one, think it is unacceptable. Why now? Why so soon? They can hang on for a bit, I’m not on Wikipedia yet! The aliens need to know about me. Assuming they don’t already. They need to know about Charly too; one of the very few weird fellows I know. They need to see his dogs. His crazy life.

David Black, the Institute astrophysicist said: “One question is if there are predators we might be drawing attention to ourselves. Another is if we go ahead, what message should be sent?”
Oh that’s where Cindy Knoke; comes in. She has amazing photos of what our world looks like up close. Birds, fish, landscape, you name it. What more could send a better message? Beautiful soul, that Cindy. 
And of course, some scientists fear a reply from ET might not turn out to be friendly but wait till they see posts from John. This warm-hearted yet hilarious guy will soften the hearts of the legions that plan an alien invasion.

They are very many other amazing people the aliens should be informed about. So until we all get a Wikipedia page, then, only then can they beam anything out there.

Characteristics of creative people

I found this list of things one can use to identify creative people and I was just shocked! I swear I experience every single one of them. Including the disgust for mathematics.

Creative people:
 Watch the world with the eyes of a child
There’s a part of them that never grows up, and maybe this is the real secret, observing the world with the eyes of a child.

They daydream. A lot.
They are here, but they’re not. They can fly away with their mind at any given moment during a conversation. Don’t be mad at them, it’s just the way they are.

They get easily bored.
They need to stay stimulated in order to stay active. They won’t focus on something they don’t like. Call them ADHD or whatever you like, this is just part of their genius.

They will fail, and you can be sure they will try again
Life it’s not always easy for a creative, especially for the professional ones. They will fail one thousand time in their life, then they will rise and succeed, only to fail again. Every creative, even the most successful one, has failed and has been rejected one million times. But they finally did it.

They get inspired at the least expected moment.
They can’t decide when the next big idea will come. It just will, in the least expected way, at the least expected moment

They are told to get a real job
It’s not easy to be accepted as a creative, especially when your loved ones expect something different from you. Real creatives will follow their dreams.

They will follow their heart, even if often their mind thinks otherwise
It’s said that creative people are more likely to worry less about problems and take more risks. This can brings to a thousand fails, but a million satisfactions.

They get lost in time
When they are creating they get lost in time and space, they can forget to eat, to drink and even to sleep. When words, colors or ideas start to flow out of their mind there’s nothing else that really matters to them.

They work when you sleep and they sleep when you work
Like we said at n.1, inspiration comes at the most unexpected times. Just take it and make something great out of it.

Where most people see a difficulty, they see an opportunity
They can see the bright side of things, and brilliantly come out of troubles in unusual ways.

They’re weird!
This is still a mystery, but there is some kind of process that makes them extremely fickle about their creations and again They hate what they’ve just created, but will totally love it 12 hours later

They are humble and proud at the same time
They are always willing to learn, but will be extremely proud and confident when it comes to their ideas and creations

They are always looking to new ways to express themselves
Both if you do it as a job or you are just a creative person, you know there isn’t just one way to express creativity. If you are a photographer you’ll probably love to create in so many other ways. The same applies to painters, art directors, writers and every creative person in general.

They procrastinate
Give them a deadline and they will comply with it, but you can be sure they will do 90% of the work the night before the term.

They see the other side of the coin
They can always observe situations from a different point of view.

They don’t like boundaries
Rules and boundaries are not for them. Many popular creatives in history have even been labelled as rebels.

They often don’t like numbers
They are brilliant and can really amaze you at times, but try to let them do the math and you will be surprised by how much they dislike numbers

They are great observers
They often are great people watchers and notice even the smallest detail. People and basically everything can be the inspiration for their next idea

They always make new experiences
As we said before, they need to be stimulated to stay creative. Is there a better way to escape from routine by trying something you never did before?

They do it all over again
No matter how far they’ve come with their last creation. If at a given point they don’t like, they won’t think twice and will trash it just to start all over again. And again. And again.

They love
They love. Everything. They love life, they love people, they love emotions, they love animals, they love beauty. They can stay in silence watching the most beautiful sunset they’ve ever seen, or be excited for the next big art exhibit in town.

If you have any friends like this, stick with them. They will make your life a little more awesome. I know i do.
Have you got any of these?

Coined from Whydontyoutrythis.com