After 100,000 years of little to no progress in the research and development of African wheel technology, an unknown African engineer claims to have made a break-through. “The wheel,” he says, “has been invented!”
Malawian engineer Gimbo Johnstone-Wawa has been working on The Wheel for fifteen years. A project that begun in 2001 when he heard rumors of a ‘circular device’ used by the white man.
Johnstone-Wawa inventor of the wheel
He then acquired images and even videos of the device in action and decided to attempt to reproduce the highly advanced technology.
“I had no help at all,” says Johnstone-Wawa, “but I knew if I could make a circle from the long grass then maybe I can make a circle out of the branches of the trees. And if I can make a circle stick then maybe it will turn.”
Johnstone-Wawa visited other Africans whom he learned had also been inspired to research the possibility of inventing the wheel.
“Other men and women had used all sorts of things,” says Johnstone-Wawa, “they used bones of animals or of people, they used rocks. Some string together the fishes and see how that may make a wheel. But nothing works.”
Johnstone-Wawa was convinced that the answer was “wood, like what the trees are made of.”
“I said to my friend, look! The tree is already round! We only need a part of the tree.”
Eventually Johnstone-Wawa acquired a part of a tree and, he says, it was almost round enough to be a wheel.
The wheel is expected to be revealed at a meeting of the Afrcan National Congress sometime in 2017.