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The Federal Government has appointed a US-based Nigerian, Jessica Mathews, who recently innovated an energy generating football and skipping rope, as an Entrepreneurship Ambassador.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr Olusegun Aganga, on Friday, after the presentation and demonstration of the invented products to President Goodluck Jonathan at the Presidential Villa.

According to the Edo State-Born inventor the soccer ball could generate three hours of electricity after 30 minutes of play and could store power for 72 hours.

She also said the electricity generated by the ball, according to her, can be used as electricity source to power lighting points and other household equipment.

The 25 year old co-founder of Unchartedplay said the airless football used as electricity power source when not in use, has a life span of 18 months before replacement.

According to Mathews, who studied psychology and economics in Harvard University, US, and taught herself electrical and mechanical Engineering because of her interest in the field, the motivation to invent the ball and skipping rope came when she attended a wedding in Nigeria and there was a sudden power outage. http://allafrica.com/stories/201308170133.html

 

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