No matter how humble the beginnings are, great minds always end up carving their paths to success. Such is true for the likes of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and soon a Kelvin Cruickshank.
Kelvin started creating remote-controlled prototypes at the age of 7. After realizing his passion for building machines, he started working on building his car when he was 15. His journey was far from easy. He had his own set of challenges and faced resistance from his community, family, and even his mother. The people around him thought he was going mad; his mother mistook his passion for merely playing in the dirt. After all, who would dream of technological advances in a country where putting food on the table is already more than enough? Kelvin could not let a few hurtful words crush his metallic dreams.
Despite the doubt, a group of friends was there to support him and help him whenever he needed it. It only took few people who believed in him to prove a hundred people wrong.
Coming from a low-income neighborhood in Ghana with no educational background in engineering, Cruickshank started building his car with only pure talent, passion, and sheer grit. For four years, he gathered materials from junkyards and construction sites and taught himself how to build a car. At just 18, he built a fully functioning car, complete with a radio, all by himself. He is the first person to drive a car in his neighborhood and what makes it even better is that it is his creation.
News of Kelvin’s creation spanned continents. He was featured by the likes of Nas Daily and Drew Binsky. He was featured in BBC News, Amplify Africa, Auto Evolution, and Interesting Engineering, to name a few.
Some of his noteworthy features including on BBC
Taking his dreams, a bit further, he plans to build a car manufacturing garage to give rise to new inventions. He also looks forward to training others who want to follow in his footsteps. In this garage will rise Kelvin Mobil: his own automobile brand.
He has an ongoing campaign on Airfunding to reach his $2,000 goal.