William Kamkwamba: How I Harnessed the Wind

Updated: February 9, 2010

More than a year ago, I shared an “interview” video from TED Talks 2007 featuring William Kamkwamba, a 19-year old boy from Malawi who at the age of 14, built an electricity-producing windmill for his family.

I found his story very inspiring and reinforced in me the belief that we all have the power to create our own opportunities.

If you haven’t seen the video yet, I suggest you do now here: William Kamkwamba On Building A Windmill

Now, two years after, William Kamkwamba, now 22, comes back on stage for TED Talks 2009. This time, to tell his story in his own words.

In two years time, it’s amazing how much he has accomplished not only for himself but for his community. From an ordinary boy, living in poverty – he has become a hero and a social entrepreneur.

Get to know the humble beginnings of William Kamkwamba in this video below:

Trust yourself and believe. Whatever happens, don’t give up.

That’s how you harness the wind, that’s how you achieve your dreams.

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TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. Visit their official website to learn more about TED Talks.

Moreover, if you want to read more about William Kamkwamba and his amazing story, you can check out his book – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope or visit his blog.


  1. Great story! It’s amazing how one person’s dream becomes an inspiration to so many people! Thanks Fritz for sharing this video. More power!

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