Corled Nkosi self-made Malawi engineer behind Kasangazi  power plant

He is multi-talented. At 31, Corled Nkosi, an MSCE holder he obtained at Mzimba Secondary School in 2006 is carpenter, a builder and a self-motivated electrical engineer behind Kasangazi Hydro-Electrical Power Plant.

Nkosi: Safe-made engeneer

Nkosi: Safe-made engeneer

His ability to divert water from Kasangazi River, create own water fall through gravitational force and able to generate power of over 300 volts testifies on his behalf.

With just 10-metre plastic pipes and a generator connected to some wires, he is able to generate power and transmit it through a line of about two kilometres to his Yobe Nkosi Village.

Unlike Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) which charges its power per usage, Nkosi is like a Good Samaritan. He provides the power free of charge to over 11 households with a population of over 30 people.

In his explanation, Nkosi says he started doing electrical engineering way back during his secondary school days.

“I used to play with electrical appliances during school days at Mzimba Secondary School. I used to fix electrical faults at school,” he explains.

He says the idea to build his own hydro electric power plant was hatched in 2012 after he had seen someone in Nkhata-Bay who generated his own power.

“I knew I could not fail to build my own power plant and that’s how I came to start assembling the materials,” he narrates.

Realizing that living in the dark was not on and that using candles and lamps was not sustainable, the 31 year old Nkosi thought on how best he could come up with the innovation to make up for ESCOM’s unavailability of power in some of his village’s households.

“I bought a generator engine, plastic pipes and some wires. I diverted part of the water through a 10 metre pipe and squeezed the water through a two-litre Sobo bottle at the end of the pipe to increase pressure and make sure that the water comes out with full force to drive the turbine, thereby making the motor to generate power,” says Nkosi.

Having spent over MK180, 000 to come up with the plant, including the power lines to his village, today, he proudly supplies power to his relatives and the entire village.

Their lives have extremely changed and almost at par with people staying in towns and cities that use electricity.

“Life has changed completely; we are like a village in a city. I am able to watch TV, listen to radio and play music without being scared of power outages.

“I also run a barber shop and I charge peoples’ phones from the surrounding villages from which I make a cool K25, 000 per month,” boasts Nkosi.

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59 thoughts on “Corled Nkosi self-made Malawi engineer behind Kasangazi  power plant”

  1. Mathanyula Gogo says:

    This is good news. Can I suggest to you Nyasa guys, to consider forming a fund to which anyone of good will could donate anything from as little as £5 and help innovators like Nkosi, to set up small projects anywhere there is a river with a falls in our rural beautiful Malawi. Surely we could transform our country in the next few, since these mathanyura gogo’s have failed us.

    Please diaspora Malawians, let’s do this.

  2. The Patriot says:

    Zili makola kwalimwe apa Angoni! Yayi nadi ise taonga vinjeru vyinu vyavwira wanthu!

  3. kate says:

    AYOWOYANIPO ZAKUTI ATUMBUKA THAT ATUMBUKA THIS PAMENEPA. SHAME ON YOU OHHH!. BRAVO MWANA WAKUKAYA! WATICHOTSA CHA MANYAZI. TIKAMATI FEDERAL YIBWERE NKHANI ZAKE TIMANENA NGATI ZIMENEZI. NORTHERN REGION ITHA KUTUKUKA NDI ANTHU AKE KOOPSYA MPAKA PETER ATHA KUTSAMUTSA LIKULU KUKAKHALA KU MZUZU. BRAVO. LET US SUPPORT THE YOUNG MAN.

  4. Francis says:

    These are the types of guys that we need to be running Escom not engineers with just mere papers from whatever college.

  5. kadamanja says:

    NKOSI, THE REALL ENGINEER, WELL DONE! MALAWIANS LETS SUPPORT THIS GUY. NYASA TIMES PLIZ GIVE ME HIS DETAILS I WANT TO SUPPORT HIM.

  6. Mswachi says:

    Malawi needs people like him; those that really dream in colours! Keep it up.

  7. Sharktus Nangwale says:

    Another genius from the warm heart of Africa

  8. real skills says:

    He is a gifted young man.The government and other organisation should support this young man.The inventor of Dyson Hoovers in Uk never had an Engineering degree yet invented one of the best hoovers in Europe.Malawi should support these young innovators.There are many of them in villages and their skills go unrecognised because we believe so much in useless papers memorised from some outdated books.

  9. Matako says:

    People are being creative while your educated fool president is always busy conniving a way to swindle and raid the treasury fwee fwee fwee. The problem with us Malawians is that we always look at educated folk as being the smart ones. Education is useless without a vision and a sustainable plan of action.

  10. gonofanti says:

    ana aku malawi polytechinc zimveleni mtolo

  11. Bongololo says:

    Another tumbuka making Malawi proud while the only expertise seen from the chewas, yaos, and lomwes lies in digging mice and getting ’em fried.

  12. true says:

    Next…..

  13. inns says:

    Thumbs up corled, how i wish u taught m on th hws

  14. true says:

    Support him by following up on his project with expertise on the safety of the beneficiaries. We may have a fire or anything going haywire. Govt should give him scholarship to study at the Polytechnic. Where ware o those graduates from the Polytechnic and Technical colleges

  15. Muru says:

    What he is doing is in line with the introduction of APMs community technical colleges, let the government net him

  16. mlomwe2 says:

    mpaka ku gwiritsa ntchitto botolo la sobo aaaaaaaaaaaa chibuloka posachedwapa please modify it.

  17. yuona says:

    This is very encouraging. Olo a NAC atati ampatse makobidi sitingatinso mfwemfwemfwe……….

  18. atate says:

    These are the kind of people we need in this Malawi of ours. You cooperate world cant you see this boy? Support him. ESCOME ndipanja. Mutampats a chithandizo mwna ameneyi can change lives of many, please think about him

  19. charles says:

    Such people neede in countries like Malawi let him be recognised by Authorities

  20. Mugonapamhanya says:

    The problem is that in Africa in general and Malawi in particular people don’t recognize self-education. This guy is a real engineer compared to a polytechnic guy who graduates with a bachelor’s degree and end up employed by polyplast Ltd a paper bag manufacturing company as a production supervisor. In the West self-education is just as important as formal education. That’s why we have people like Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Will Smith, Michael Jackson, Bob Marley, Jacob Zuma, Isaac Newton etc. These people were self-taught and excelled for the betterment of mankind. Don’t just think of a piece of paper you call a degree, diploma or certificate.

  21. Bigdwag says:

    This is very commendable!! As the late Bingu used to say, Malawi is not poor, but we Malawians are. We have a lot of resources which other countries just dream of! WATER is one of them!! But all these resources are going to waste at our watch and we continue looking West for aid!! MY FOOT!!

  22. NKhutukumve says:

    What can i say to Nksosi!! thumbs up! I don’t wan to hear Fwenfwefwe fwemfwe form MRA and MERA

  23. Mkalapwaga says:

    Jealous down this young man needs support. A PPP is the right solution for him.

  24. Grace says:

    It will not be a surprise for the Europeans to see the high value in Mr Nkosi while we Malawians will be debating whether to arrest him or not for manufacturing electricity….we will be busy searching acts and constitutions ………remember the guy who harnessed the wind? The guy who harnessed the wind has excelled academically and am sure the azungu would be more than willing to give him citizenship…..Can we learn to realise talent and develop it? Inu look at our footballers….netballers….kukonderana too much people without names zimawavuta to progress. Can i appeal to well meaning Malawians with potential and the government inde our ministry of energy and mining to come to his assistance and expand his dream…..Nkosi your dream is indeed in colour……Wishing you a long life, prosperiity and good health in Jesus name!

  25. BRANDON says:

    thats greet

  26. Justin Kamwendo says:

    Number 30. Encourage the boy young Nkosi to increase the supply to other villages with support from well wishers. Osatukwana ana ndi aphunzitsi a pa Poly. We need industrious boys like him to help develop our country. Plea to decision makers- “do not arrest the boys as the one who invented a radio station in Mulanje /Phalombe. Make use of the available talent to develop the country. These people will not go on strike for better pay.

  27. muonosile says:

    This is very brilliant,carry on boy wonderful.

  28. Sinthani Muzindikire says:

    Marvelous! This is the kind of projects the Ministry of Energy need to support as part of rural electricification program. Osamangoganizira za ESCOM all the time. A PPP with this young would be a great ideas and expand to other communities. Keep it up!

  29. Chamwaka says:

    The idiots at Polytechnic- half backed lecturers and their engineering students- should go and learn from this young man what a real engineer does: turning theory into practice solving local problems and making money to boot! All the fools at Poly know is kukanda machende/nyini ndi kutukwana munsewu.

  30. BOLA BOMA LISAKUBELE NDI KU KUCHITILA NSANJE

  31. Saini says:

    keep it up Nkosi we need such individuals if Malawi is to development not cashgate,NACgate, Jetgate,Bingu gate,Muluzi gate ,APM gate and so on

  32. ZISOMO says:

    Bola iwe nkosi sulipira ma bills mmene tikuberedwera ndi ma post paid metres.

    There are pple who can think in Malawi ena ndi awo akukumba golide ku ntcheu.

    Thumbs up for sir Nkosi!

  33. GUTUTU says:

    Dont take your time ask for agrant at NAC they will give you for polishing up on yo project. Believe you me, anapatsa bwanji osesa?

  34. Malawian says:

    Bravo and keep up the good job. That will bring Malawi to a certain level other than always thinking about STREET PROTESTS like ones Trapenze, Ntambo, Kwataine and Sembereka.

  35. Nkhondomukaya says:

    Brainy young man.

  36. Wailing Soul says:

    Very impressive story Leornard Masauli and Nysatimes

  37. ENGINEER says:

    A lesson for our friends at Polytechnic who waste their time on theoretical engineering but have nothing to show us practically.

  38. edward mitala says:

    you are geneous,fantastic and indeed a hard worker please go a head with your high thinking and do more!

  39. chaiwone wawo says:

    Now this is real stuff for productive youth. Do more brother

  40. gerald bt says:

    this guy deserves recognition and honour by Malawi government.hes a pure genious.i thank God for this talent.if only we had a hundred people of this caliblre in Malawi??

  41. Naphi says:

    Apite ku community college ameneyu, azathandize village electrification programmes, well done bro!

  42. tin says:

    at last a story worthy reading

  43. Vyasasa says:

    This type of people are supposed to be assisted so that most people are benefitted to them keep it up guy this is good move and I will support you I have taken your details

  44. Lets not this genius fade away after reading this story,we have rivers criss crossing the country and villages could use this guy to generate low cost electricity for rural development for our country to progress.Govt should utilize this genius promptly!

  45. golo says:

    I like this story. it teaches us a lot that with our brain we can achieve more. we only have ourselves to blame because we limit our own thinking through confinement of knowledge to only what we have studied but I can guarantee that if we remove the veil of our self professed knowledge we boast to have acquired through years of study we can surprise ourselves with how far we can go in life but as it is are still poor unable to think how we can escape poverty because of our indoctrination into believing that someone has to employ us.

  46. DANIEL PHIRI says:

    this tells us that we can actually have competition for ESCOM. THESE Mo*****FU**NG ESCOM are killing us just because they have no one to compete with.

  47. KINGSOLOMONS PALACE says:

    THANX NKHOSI, BETTER YO POWERPLANT THAN ESCOM.MALAWI HAS SOME GRADUATES FROM POLY AND ALL THEY R PROUD OF IS TITLE AND PAPER.WHY IS MOTA ENGIL DOIN ALL MAJOR ROADS IN MALAWI,R OUR CIVIL ENGINEERS INCOMPETENT?EQUIPMENT FOR HIRE IS AT PVHO.OR IS IT HIGH LEVEL CORRUPTION?I GUESS SO .BRAVO YOUNG MAN NKOSI;U DO NOT NEED A DEGREE TO DO WONDERFUL THINGS.

  48. Gudo Gwondwa says:

    We are not at par son, you are better off. We in town are paying through the nose to have electricity.

  49. mba says:

    Wonderful!!!!

    1. true says:

      Can u ask him to give his contact now and bank details so that well wishers can contribute a thousand baa to this genius. I pledge K1000

  50. v machado says:

    Zoona nkhani zoyenera kulemba ndiye zimenezi..

  51. Greencardless Malawian says:

    Good job!

  52. busy man says:

    So much for our poly graduates. Kukhala ine nditakabweza degree

  53. Rodriguas Latata says:

    Soon you’ll hear Government is Charging him tax. Or they’ll go to destroy it.

  54. instead of government promote him there are busy abusing young brilliant talent like this .viva nyinga electricity supply corperation(nesco)

  55. Khunga Andrew says:

    At Msongwe/Kavuzi Mzuzu we have A lot with such power.All are made by them eg winding the generator.

  56. supporter says:

    These are people the govt needs to suppo rt.They are some inventions in Europe were done by people who have never been in the universities corridors.its not about having papers but what somebody can do.Thumbs up to this guy..

  57. cbk says:

    a kazako mwana ndi ameneyotu,tiye nayeni.

  58. God Hear Me says:

    Thumbs up Nyasatimes these are kind of stories we would like to be reading. Creativity and innovation for the good of our country. Not Mtambo Mtambo Mtambo every now and then.

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