One day, Mubarak Muhammad Abdullahi hopes to persuade the Nigerian government to invest in his aircraft manufacturing company. Abdullahi, who learned the rudiments of flying from the Internet, has spent years tinkering with old cars and motorbikes in his quest to construct his own chopper. He’s had some success, too, though to date his designs haven’t soared more than ten feet above the ground.
How exactly do you plan to change the world?
As part of my effort to promote science and technology in Nigeria, Africa and the whole world, I want to open an engineering and research company, where talent like me and others will have the opportunity to bring out their ideas and put them into practice by sharing them with the other talents in the company, to find the solution on how to improve it and makes it acceptable to the society or government. The talents will be between the age of 10 and 25 years. All the necessary tools, machines, and materials will be provided by the company under proper safety precautions. To start a company like this would not cost a lot of money, and the return would be a lot.
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