22 June 2012

Nigeria: I Want to Be a Nuclear Physicist - Says Teen Who Fabricated Radio Station

Kano — At the age of 15, Salisu Husseini Musa Bunkure was able to single-handedly set up his own radio station which was called Fasaha Radio in Bunkure, 50 kilometres south of Kano. He started broadcasting from a hand carried wooden object which he constructed with an aerial mounted on it. He further shocked his immediate community and the state at large when he introduced daily and weekly broadcast programmes, ranging from political to children and religious discourses.

Hussein who was orphaned at a very young age, said when he fabricated his radio station nobody taught him how to do it.

"Because of the love I have for engineering, I used to be so keen in anything that is related to it. So, one day, I took my radio receiver to a technician to repair for me, the man kept dribbling me by telling me to go and come back. So when I got tired of his 'go come', I took back the receiver from him.

"I opened the radio, unscrewing it into pieces and repaired it myself. I went back to the technician and told him that I had been able to repair it myself, just to let him know that I could do it too. From then on, I became a radio repairer but soon after, my mother banned me from repairing radios because of arguments that clients raised either before or after the repair had been completed," narrated Hussein.

He also recalled: "One day, I went to our primary school and picked pieces of amplifier that one of our teachers brought. It had been lying there for more than two years. I took them home and reduced everything into pieces. I was just trying to detect why the amplifier did not work. After I had joined the relay from the speaker with that of the battery to the aerial of the speaker, I was just saying to myself, 'can this thing work?' then I heard what I was saying from the radio set a one man that was passing by. It was then I knew that I had set up a radio transmitter.

This incident made the village school boy to become popular; he was interviewed by many media houses on this gift of invention.

Because of the wide coverage and publicity given to the him, the management of Zaria academy got to know about Salisu's ability and they trailed the young Salisu to his village in Bunkure where they tested his educational background. The boy passed with flying colours and the academy gave him free scholarship to study in there.

"Initially I was frightened when security personnel trailed me to our house and questioned me on who authorized me to air programmes on a non-registered station.

"So when I was told I had visitors, I thought they had come to arrest me, but later I came to realize that the visitors were entirely different from the previous ones. They told me they were from Zaria Academy and that they have read my story in the newspapers and wanted to give me free scholarship. They tested me and finally gave their approval. That was how I got the scholarship to study at Zaria Academy." At the academy, young Salisu proved himself to be a gifted lad, as though deficient compared to his peers in the academy that did not deter him from embracing the challenges and also meeting up.

As a student in the academy, Salisu managed to write a physics hand book which his friends assisted in publishing and is now in use at the academy. Similarly, Salisu was among the students of the academy that constructed an electrical inverter via the use of car battery, he is also among the students that invented car security alarm that can be connected to a handset.

Among other successful fabrications that involved the young inventor is the establishment of a radio station at the academy. Having completed his study at the academy, the young engineer is now back home and waiting for WAEC result. Asked what his ambition is, Hussein said he wanted to be a nuclear physicist. "My wish is to specialize as a nuclear physicist," he said.

According to him his talent is a gift from God, noting that if he could get scholarship, the sky would be his limit in his zeal to move his state in particular and Nigeria in general in technological development to higher heights.

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