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    THE LAGOS THEME: First Amphibian Jet on Nigerian Soil


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Nigerian iReporter Slumbook5 was driving in Victoria Island in Lagos when he saw a group of people gathered around an unusual vehicle. His curiosity roused, he wandered over to find inventor and entrepeneur Kehinde Durojaiye Obasenjo proudly displaying an amphibian craft/hovercraft he said he had built himself. Sadly it had broken down and Obasenjo was asking those nearby for money to fill the empty gas tank. "This inspired me to help Kehinde tell his story, hoping that it will influence many entrepreneurs like him, as I had very little or no money to offer on that day," he said. "Kehinde can and will inspire many of our African youths to kick start their dreams from scratch, even if it means starting from their garage."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    It is quite unfortunate to discover such a talented citizen of a developing country not being supported by his own government.

    This is Kehinde Durojaiye Obasenjo, a young Lagosian with a technological breakthrough in African aerodynamics by locally engineering the first amphibian jet on Nigerian soil. I met Kehinde, who had at some point in the past visited Silverbird television where I work, while driving by Bar-beach road, Victoria Island, Lagos, after observing a small crowd of people surrounding his craft. On this particular day he claimed to have exhausted the craft’s fuel and needed a little support to refill its tank. Sadly enough I could not be of much help to Kehinde as I would have loved to. It wasn’t one of those days I had loose change or spare cash on me, so the least I could do was to empathize with him by telling his story. I deeply feel Kehinde is one of those who deserve to be celebrated and supported for his ingenuity and invention. In other climes, Kehinde Durojaiye Obasenjo, whose amphibian jet has given him considerable publicity should have received some support financially or otherwise from the state to improve on his invention, but this is not the case.
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