The world has evolved over the years from the days when Africa used to be just a passive receiver of inventions. Now, the continent can actually boast of also being responsible for such inventions.
Although there is still a very long way go before we eventually catch up with the Western elite, Africa is gradually making strides when it comes to creativity and invention.
The continent can now lay claim to having people who can make cars and other technological gadgets, and in Ghana recently, there was the story of two brothers who defied the odds to make a three-seater car. This story was reported by YEN.com.gh
Latest to make the continent proud are some Africans who are redefining building construction.
But instead of using the traditional brick, sand and cement in building their houses, these guys rather use plastic bottles, and it actually works.
As amazing and intriguing as this may sound, these inventors actually fill the plastic bottles with sand and then lay them in blocks, just like is done when using bricks to build a house.
The cost of constructing a building with the use of plastics is far cheaper than that of using bricks or sand-made blocks due to the cost of materials involved.
For this type of plastic-made buildings, all that one needs are sand to fill the bottles, cements to hold the bottles together and some water to make mortar.
The story of this invention was first brought to the eye of the world on the Facebook page, 'The Controversial Files'.
The brains behind this new innovative way of constructing buildings have however divided opinion with their works.
While some believe making of houses with plastic bottles should be embraced, others also believe it will come at a cost due to its low quality standard, when it comes to the ability to withstand strong winds and other such unfavorable conditions.
One social media user who goes by the name Wale Skidow Shindara said "We Africans should stop reasoning within our world, let's broaden our creativities ... I appreciate the inventor/s of this but at some point we need to think about the structural stability of this mode of construction!"
Another, Florence Adeniji, who sounded more optimistic also added: "This is waste to wealth mentality! Kudos to the inventor. Pray God to widen your vision beyond your imagination. We need to start from somewhere, for Rome is not built in a day."
There might be varying views on this innovation, but there is no doubt that this is an art of creativity and the brains behind it must be commended.
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