The continent of Africa is ravaged with many problems. These problems have been reported in international news outlets, agencies, multinational corporations, universities and so on. It is a lot easier to find what's wrong with Africa than to find out what is right. But like any continent, Africa is full of young men and women who are working tirelessly night and day to develop and transform the motherland.
Such as one young man named Torpuot Majiok Romdor from Ethiopia. Torpuot was born in Akoba, Ethiopia in the southwestern region. He is currently 23 years old and a student at Dilla University in Southern Ethiopia studying Computer Engineering, in addition, he has completed his Bachelors of Business Management prior. Torpuot, currently right now is known all over the world for inventing a device that detects malaria ''a very serious disease caused by mosquito bites and tiny parasites that get into and multiply in the bloodstream,'' without using blood to determine the diagnosis. This is a huge win because many people in Africa are affected by this disease.
Knowing your status is the difference between life and death. And this young man has created a device that will save many lives. Torpuot lost his brother at the age of ten years old to malaria. That experience shaped him and deeply inspired him to find a solution to this disease that is robbing loved ones from their families and communities. ''Local problems should be solved by local people, '' - Torpuot Majiok stated which is relevant to his situation. African people cannot afford to be at the mercy of the West or the international community but must look within her population for salvation.
Torpuot also encouraged young people in Gambella, Ethiopia to take education seriously and to seize the opportunities at hand. He said, ''we are playing with life,'' when young people take their precious youth, time and energy for granted. He encouraged the youth to be resourceful, conscientious and to be visionaries. Because the future is only available for those that are prepared. Even though the situation is tough, the youth have to fight for their future and be the change they want to see.
In addition to his education and invention, he is also the founder of Empowerment of Gambella, Ethiopia Youth in Innovation, Science, and Technology. He wants more young people to be interested in STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Torpuot, wants young people to have a holistic approach to education. He wants young people to apply what they have learned in school to the real world through businesses, books, inventions and so on. It will be in the execution and implementation of these learned ideas that will save the continent from continuous poverty and diseases.
In conclusion, the youth of Ethiopia must be connected and interested in the affairs of the nation. Torpuot encourages youth to participate in local and national activities, competitions and seminars dedicated to the wellbeing of the nation. Youth should not be idle but productive with their time and education. The investment in the youth will determine the longevity of the nation.
Nyabuoy Gatbel is a South Sudanese Canadian currently living in Calgary, AB. She was born in Ethiopia in 1993 and moved to Canada as a refugee in 2002. She's currently a undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. Besides her studies she's a social entreprenuer focusing on the, ''Paarman Centre project,'' a fashion model, writer and author of the book, ''The Fire Within poetry in Thok Nath and English.''