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Africans in science…a new jack swing! | Blackmystory’s Weblog

From the late 1980′s to the early 1990′s Teddy Riley and Bernard Belle, hit up the dull and repetitive “pop” music scene with an explosive mix of old school jazz, smooth jazz, funk and rap (when it was good)  and R&B. The new jack swing style developed as many previous music styles did, by combining elements of older styles with newer sensibilities. It used R&B style vocals sung over hip hop and dance-pop style influenced instrumentation. The sound of new jack swing comes from the hip hop “swing” beats created by drum machine, and hardware samplers, which was popular during the golden age of hip hop, with contemporary R&B style singing. Like all things African, the life essence of African sensibility is to have a symbiotic co-existence between art, artistic expressions and reality. This is why African music can never die because no savage breast can go for long without the beat of the heart…which is our music.

They say that art imitates life, therefore the life science or the science of life is as intricate to African essence and existence as any other discipline. It is mot accepted by the doers of Isfet that denying the African origin and influence in what is described as modern science is a waste of time and breath and the y just choose to co opt it, pay us to create for them, while continuing to fool the idiotic sheeples that Yurugu is and has been the creator of “science”. Unlike the New Jack Swing, the African presence in modern science is not a NEW phenomena, even while it infuses old school essence with newer efforts to produce a wholly unique, distinctive and thoroughly refreshing presentation of a previously boring, white bread and flavorless entity.

At the Maker Faire Africa in Lagos, Nigeria, four teenage girls came up with a rather remarkable invention: urine-powered generator. These young  Nigerian geniuses are Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15), who with the help and encouragement of mentors that actually provide the kind of teaching that is lacking in western (white society) has produced the worlds first Urine-Powered Generator, which uses 1 Liter of urine which produces up to  6 hours of electricity.

The system works like this:

– Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.
– The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
– The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
– This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.

check out the video below:

Teenagers in Nigeria create a urine-powered generator

Respects to by Anne Mireille Nzouankeu, Yaoundé for bringin this story to the world.

In Cameroon a young engineer has built the first full touch screen medical tablet,  that will soon save African lives. However at the time of the braking story, he was seeking funding to mass-produce the device.   In a country that has only 30 heart surgeons for more than 20 million people, the dream of Arthur Zang, a 24-year-old Cameroonian engineer, is to facilitate the treatment of patients with a heart disease across Cameroon.

Save lives
In 2010, he created a digital tablet known as Cardiopad: “It’s the first fully touch screen medical tablet made in Cameroon and in Africa. It’s an invention that could save numerous human lives”, explains Arthur Zang. In fact, Cameroon’s thirty heart specialists are all based in either Douala or Yaoundé, the country’s economic and political capitals. Heart patients often have to travel across the country for a consultation. Appointments sometimes must be made months in advance, leading to death of some patients.

Hassle of travelling
The Cardiopad solves this problem by enabling medical examinations to be performed remotely and the results transmitted electronically, saving patients the hassle of having to travel to the city.

Arthur Zang explains that the Cardiopad is above all a scientific project. He started his research three years ago and carried out several scientific tests that were validated by the Cameroonian scientific community. “The reliability of the Cardiopad is 97.5%”, he says.

Distance consultation
In practice, the Cardiopad is a device that can perform tests such as the electrocardiogram (ECG). The medical tablet also makes it possible to wirelessly send the results of the tests from remote locations to the specialist who will then interpret them.

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“The tablet is used as a classical electrocardiograph device: electrodes are placed on the patient and connected to a module that, in turn, connects to the tablet. When a medical examination is performed on a patient in a remote village, for example, the results are transmitted from the nurse’s tablet to that of the doctor who then interprets them.

Digitalised and transmitted
Software built into the device allow the doctor to give computer assisted diagnosis”, explains the young engineer.

Pointing out the differences between the Cardiopad and the classical electrocardiograph, Arthur Zang explains: “The Cardiopad has more functions. With the classical electrocardiograph, the results were usually printed on paper and handed to the cardiologist for interpretation.

It wasn’t possible to send or save the results electronically. With the Cardiopad, the results are digitalised and transmitted. There is no need to print them, the heart surgeon can interpret them, even remotely, from his tablet and then send the diagnosis and prescribed treatment”

Accessibility
“The Cardiopad will cut down the cost of examination. We intend to sell the device for 1500 euros, while the current price for an electrocardiograph device is 3800 euros. If hospitals purchase the device at a low price, they will be able to lower the prices of medical examinations”, Arthur Zang hopes.

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However, there is still the issue of energy, as many of the country’s remote regions do not have access to electricity. “The Cardiopad is equipped with a battery that can independently power the machine for more than seven hours”, the engineer assures. He further explains that a prototype and sample of device is already available. “We are currently producing the first units of the device which will be available for hospitals before July”, says the young engineer who is still looking for funding to mass-produce the Cardiopad. “Besides the funding, I am also looking to start a company to help improve the medical care system in Cameroon”, he concludes.

Note: This year he has completed around 30 of them and still hopes to get funding to produce more.

Saheed Adepoju

Nigeria’s Saheed Adepoju is a young man with big dreams. He is the inventor of the Inye, a tablet computer designed for the African market. According to the 29-year-old entrepreneur, his machine’s key selling point is its price – $350 (£225) opposed to around $700 for an iPad. He believes that, because of this, there is a big market for it in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, particularly among students. The Inye is a mobile internet device. It gives you access to the internet; it allows you to play media files and watch movies”

Saheed Adepoju is also hoping to sell his tablet – which runs on the Google Android operating system – to the Nigerian government and plans to have at least one computer in each local government area. What we have is an 8-inch device, a device that is half-way between a laptop and a mobile phone,” he said in an interview. ”You have the standard software applications that come pre-installed and then you have the ones that we are working with various local developers to bundle on,” he added.Among those local apps there is one designed to raise awareness about HIV and others related to water and sanitation.

“We work with local developers that have expertise in particular areas so that we don’t end up doing so much work and we just have a collaborative way of doing things together,” he said.

short biography:

  • Age: 29
  • Degree in Maths and computer science, The Federal University of Technology, Minna, Nigeria, 2005
  • Advanced Computing, Bournemouth University, UK, 2008
  • Worked briefly for a consulting firm
  • Cofounded Encipher Group with Anibe Agamah
  • Starting capital: $60,000
  • The Encipher Inye was released in 2010
  • Inye means One in Igala, a language in Nigeria

After doing a first degree in maths and computer science in Nigeria, he completed another one in advanced computing by research at Bournemouth University, in the United Kingdom.

Upon graduation in 2009, he returned to his home country and started working for a consulting firm.

“Within eight months I got fired, primarily because of differences in approach to doing business. In the middle of all this, the Apple iPad launched, back in January of 2010, which inspired us to actually look to build such [a] product within the African marketplace,” . He said that, with that goal in mind, he borrowed money from friends and family, raising a total of about $60,000. According to him, all of that went on the devices and the logistics – there was no budget for marketing, so early advertising was “word of mouth” on social media.

The first 100 units of the Inye, which means One in Nigeria’s Igala language, were built in China and, after receiving feedback from its users, a second version was launched in May 2011. Encipher Group, the company he co-founded with web developer Anibe Agamah, also offers customized IT services and products, including cloud computing, which are mostly based on open technology to keep costs down.

Fortunately the African genius is not only regulated to the hard sciences but to everyday activities, which is what the mind’s creative process was all about.

At the end of the day, as they say you can’t keep a good man down. Or in this case you can kill a revolutionary, but you can’t kill a revolution. This is the African revolution of the 21st century. Not ask kissing for hand outs or sitting down and waiting for the government to steal your hard earned wages then give you pittance in return. Now if more scientific would leave NASA, and the other corporation and build viable, sustainable products that truly enhances the lives of every one on the planet instead of causing wars to profit the rich. Maybe…just maybe we may bot end up as casualties when the day of reckoning come for the planet.

14 year old  high school freshman, Tony Hansberry II  has developed a stitching technique that can be used to reduce surgical complications, as well as the chance of error among less experienced surgeons.

“I’ve always had a passion for medicine,” he said in a recent interview. “The project I did was, basically, the comparison of novel laparoscopic instruments in doing a hysterectomy repair.”

In April, the brilliant teen presented his findings at a medical conference at the University of Florida before an audience of doctors and board-certified surgeons. Hansberry attends Darnell-Cookman, a special medical magnet school that allows him to take advanced classes in medicine. Students at the school master suturing in eighth grade.

“I just want to help people and be respected, knowing that I can save lives,” said Hansberry, the son of a registered nurse and an African Methodist Episcopal church pastor. His goal is to become a neurosurgeon.  The idea for his procedure developed last summer during an internship at the University of Florida’s Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville.

Hansberry responded to a challenge to improve a procedure called the endo stitch, used in hysterectomies that could not be clamped down properly to close the tube where the patient’s uterus had been. The teen devised a vertical way to apply the endo stitch and, using a medical dummy, completed the stitching in a third of the time of traditional surgery.

Ivan Van Sertima on little-known African achievements.

In this lecture, Dr. Ivan Van Sertima discusses African history and African Science. This video was recorded in 1986, at Camden Town Hall London, in the Caribbean Cultural International & Karnak House. The topic of this lecture is entitled, Afrikans in Science (Ancient & Modern).

Ivan Van Sertima was born in Guyana, South America. He was educated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London University) and the Rutgers Graduate School and holds degrees in African Studies and Anthropology. From 1957-1959 he served as a Press and Broadcasting Officer in the Guyana Information Services. During the decade of the 1960s he broadcast weekly from Britain to Africa and the Caribbean. He is a literary critic, a linguist, an anthropologist and has made a name in all three fields.

As a literary critic, he is the author of Caribbean Writers, a collection of critical essays on the Caribbean novel. He is also the author of several major literary reviews published in Denmark, India, Britain and the United States. He was honored for his work in this field by being asked by the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature from 1976-1980. He has also been honored as an historian of world repute by being asked to join UNESCO’s International Commission for Rewriting the Scientific and Cultural History of Mankind.

As a linguist, he has published essays on the dialect of the Sea Islands off the Georgia Coast. He is also the compiler of the Swahili Dictionary of Legal Terms, based on his field work in Tanzania, East Africa, in 1967.

He is the author of They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America, which was published by Random House in 1977 and is presently in its twenty-ninth printing. It was published in French in 1981 and in the same year, was awarded the Clarence L. Holte Prize, a prize awarded every two years “for a work of excellence in literature and the humanities relating to the cultural heritage of Africa and the African diaspora.”

He also authored Early America Revisited, a book that has enriched the study of a wide range of subjects, from archaeology to anthropology, and has resulted in profound changes in the reordering of historical priorities and pedagogy.

Professor of African Studies at Rutgers University, Dr. Van Sertima was also Visiting Professor at Princeton University. He is the Editor of the Journal of African Civilizations, which he founded in 1979 and has published several major anthologies which have influenced the development of multicultural curriculum in the United States. These anthologies include Blacks in Science: ancient and modern, Black Women in Antiquity, Egypt Revisited, Egypt: Child of Africa, Nile Valley Civilizations (out of print), African Presence in the Art of the Americas (due 2007), African Presence in Early Asia (co-edited with Runoko Rashidi), African Presence in Early Europe, African Presence in Early America, Great African Thinkers, Great Black Leaders: ancient and modern and Golden Age of the Moor.

As an acclaimed poet, his work graces the pages of River and the Wall, 1953 and has been published in English and German. As an essayist, his major pieces were published in Talk That Talk, 1989, Future Directions for African and African American Content in the School Curriculum, 1986, Enigma of Values, 1979, and in Black Life and Culture in the United States, 1971.

Dr. Van Sertima has lectured at more than 100 universities in the United States and has also lectured in Canada, the Caribbean, South America and Europe. In 1991 Dr. Van Sertima defended his highly controversial thesis on the African presence in pre-Columbian America before the Smithsonian. In 1994 they published his address in Race, Discourse and the Origin of the Americas: A New World View of 1492.

He also appeared before a Congressional Committee on July 7, 1987 to challenge the Columbus myth. This landmark presentation before Congress was illuminating and brilliantly presented in the name of all peoples of color across the world.

Dr. Ivan Van Sertima: Afrikans In Science (Ancient & Modern)

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