Sierra Leone : 15-Year-Old Self-Taught Engineer from Sierra Leone visits MIT

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Hopefully in Africa where he can continue to help his own community. He comes here, he just gets folded into the machine that creates the poverty in Africa to begin with.

Not necessarily, many Africans come to the US for education and then return to apply their degrees there.
 

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Inspiring.

I look forward to sharing this information with my kids because then maybe they will look back at me and remember to help me like this young man was inspired to help his people at home. He is amazing. Wow! I recognized one of the buildings he was in on that campus. It's the new media lab of which one of my kids gave me a tour a few months ago. Every stairway has a different color and the elevator is glass and you can't even operate that elevator unless you have i.d. card or something.
 

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Not necessarily, many Africans come to the US for education and then return to apply their degrees there.
That's what I hope. But I met one co-worker who told me many Africans obsess over coming to live here in America. She told me she won some a prize like on a show like the price is right and it was her dream to move to America.
 

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That's what I hope. But I met one co-worker who told me many Africans obsess over coming to live here in America. She told me she won some a prize like on a show like the price is right and it was her dream to move to America.
that's understandable. If he could move his family out of that condition that would be good too. My concern was his DJ thing.. you bring him here and take him to Best Buy and that might be the end of his engineering. You know.. creativity and ingenuity are functions of constraints.. it was precisely the lack of resources that led him to invoke his own creativity and ingenuity to solve his problems. Had he lived in the US.. he would have just invoked his wallet.. and his genius would be applied elsewhere..
 
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