A young man in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city, has invented a Nsima cooking machine after three years of experimenting and testing till finally the machine is now complete and cooking Nsima by itself without the aid of a human being from start to finish, after it has cooked, someone needs simply to take out the pot from the machine same as a rice cooker.
Zack Salawe Mwale 26, spent only two years at Poly, the University of Malawi, as an Electrical and Electronics student, but dropped himself out in 2012 because he was not learning anything new that he didn’t already know and thought that he was just wasting his time in class which could be utilized to continue training himself in new adventures with his experiments at more challenging projects in his laboratory than the easy stuff at Poly.
Speaking in an exclusive interview to Lilongwe News Agency (LINA), Zack Salawe Mwale said he planned, on his own, challenging projects one of which was to invent a nsima cooker because there was none in the whole world, and that is how he began experimenting how he could come up with a machine that is able to cook nsima by itself.
Zack’s cooking machine is so advanced that it is not only able to cook nsima by itself within 36 minutes but also can cook through remote control many miles away using a pin set on your mobile phone. What you need to do before leaving home is to fill the cooker water tank and the flour port with water and flour respectively.
“As a person is about to knock off from office, he/she can command the machine to start cooking nsima and in 36 minutes as you reach home nsima will be ready. You simply open the cooker door, remove the pot and share out the nsima,” Zack explains.
He continues: “I wanted to create something I believed there was none in the world but also because nsima is the main food in Malawi and many other African countries, and yet many people find it difficult to prepare.”
Zack said the machine has taken him three years to develop and has consumed a large sum of money because of experimenting and in the process he spent more time and more money on gadgets which could blow up during experimentation.
Zack confesses that, taking all in all, he has spent around MK15 million on the project funded by himself, his mother and Mr Victor Mfaumi, a Malawian living in the United Kingdom.
“All the money I sourced from my piece works as a technician was spent on the project buying components for experimenting such as transistors, transformers, ICs, capacitors and many more. My mother provided me with the lab house where I work, she also contributed money, and Mr Victor Mfaumi from the UK always sent me some of the components of the machine I needed,” he disclosed.
He said the cooker is a modern invention using very minimal power, less than any cooker. He also claims that the three years spent developing it was to make sure that it is efficient, effective and durable.
“The cooker cannot easily breakdown, through several trials and experiments; I have made sure that it is effective, efficient and durable,” he emphasized.
He, however, revealed that there is still room for improvement of certain parts such as the cooker part that stirs the nsima (mthiko). He said he wants to produce a better one at Lilongwe Technical College.
Zack is appealing to the Government of Malawi and the corporate world that he has done his part, making the invention, but now it is the government and the corporate world that must come in to assist him to move a step forward.
He said he needs safeguarding of rights for his invention, he needs partnership with Malawi companies such as Airtel, TNM, Press corporation, to mention just a few, including outside companies that produce certain parts of the cooker, all this need money, logistical arrangements and other requirements which he said he cannot afford alone.
Zack Salawe Mwale said he has had other inventions as well in the past such as the Home Saver he developed when he was about 14 years old before he went to college. The machine was mainly for home safety. It reminded the owner that the windows or doors are not locked when it was night, and could send a message to the house owner if a door or window is being banged in case of house breaking. It had many more functions such as remote door opening and closing.
He said his inventions come from God’s given talent where he plans challenges for himself, gets electrical and electronics gadgets for experimenting on the plan, and after trials it develops into an invention in the end. – LINAFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :