Photos: This 15-year-old boy designed a wooden standing fan

By Maame Aba Afful
This 15-year-old boy designed a wooden standing fan
This 15-year-old boy designed a wooden standing fan

15-year-old Thomas Owusu has won the admiration of several with his out-of-the-box innovation, a wooden standing fan which is powered by electricity.

 Thomas is a class 5 pupil of the Bokabo D/A Primary School at Sefwi Bokabo, in the Bodi District of the Western Region of Ghana.

The teenager's talent was laid bare when his teacher Max Owusu shared pictures of his work on Facebook. The post has since been shared over 2,900 times, with many commending him.

The post read: "See this young but creative electrical engineer at my school who designed a wooden stand fan that can be operated electronically. I believe in a future that is realized today not tomorrow.”

Thomas built the entire standing fan within two days, crafting the wood to fit the shape of the fan and molding the plastic fan blade all by himself.

He has already made two of these fans and is hoping to add a few more.

Both of Thomas’ parents are cocoa farmers, and he helps them on their farm when he is not in school.

Thomas hopes to make other wooden fans that run solely on batteries and says those will be “easier to build.”

The 15-year-old genius is interested in football, but crafting and innovation come first for him and he hopes to become an engineer in future.

Upon seeing the posts, many social media users have called on the government to support Thomas.

His teacher has also stated that they are looking for funding and sponsorship to help Thomas showcase his talent to the world.