Frank Darko, the Ghanaian who went viral over his invention of a water bicycle – a bike that can be ridden on water surfaces, has come out with an improved version which he has named 'Trifad' and has had his first young volunteer.
The latest advancement of his Water Bike after the prototype, is much easier to use since it has a propeller as seen in the video posted on his official YouTube page.
He has gradually worked on the updates and he believes his add-ons would go a long way to help children between the ages of 5 and 15 years.
In YEN.com.gh’s first exclusive conversation with Frank Darko, he revealed that his inspiration for the water bike came from a documentary he watched on how school-going children had to swim across water bodies before getting to school.
He put his ideas into action and came up with Africa’s first bicycle that travels on water and he received a lot of attention for his ingenuity.
According to Frank Darko, his miniature water bicycle which is for children, would go a long way to assist those in deprived areas who want to get an education.
Speaking in an interview with YEN.com.gh, Frank revealed that he owed his invention to some people who influential roles in his life.
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"Kindly help me give credit to these men. They have really helped me a lot. Master Isaac Badu of Nyame Bekyere Engineering who was my first motivator and also gave me his shop machines and equipment to use for free since I started this project without asking me to pay a penny," he said.
"The sprayer also did same for me. All I say is may God bless them abundantly," Frank Darko added.
The inventor received a national award for his invention from the Ghana Institute of Engineers at the 2018 Engineering Excellence Awards held on February 22, 2018.
According to the Institute, Frank was considered for the award due to his innovation in the field of engineering even though he was not a trained engineer.
Credit: YouTube/Frank Darko
Aside the national award, Frank has been offered to full scholarships by the Takoradi Technical University to come back and finish his course in Graphic Designing and take up another course in Engineering.
He also got featured on BBC Africa and made an appearance on The KSM Show.
Some months ago, YEN.com.gh had an encounter with, Frank Darko after he reached out to us about his invention.
Frank Darko resides in Takoradi in the Western Region. The inventor revealed that the special bicycle was his first invention but he had drawn up plans for many more inventions.
He revealed that his creativity came about as a result of his matchless love for science, technology and the urge to solve day-to-day problems faced by people living in the community.
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