Meet Jessica Mathews,25, who invented energy generated football and skipping role

You probably haven’t heard of her before, but since her recent appointment, her name and invention has been creating quite a buzz.
The Minister of Trade and Investments, DrOlusegun Agangahas announced thatJessica Mathews, a U.S basedNigerian who invented energy generating football and skipping rope would be the country’s “Entrepreneurship Ambassador“.
He said this yesterday after the presentation and demonstration of the invented products to PresidentGoodluck Jonathanat the Presidential Villa.
About the Soccer Ball
Speaking at the demonstration of the soccer ball, Jessicasaid it could generate three hours of electricity after 30 minutes of play and could store power for 72 hours. The electricity generated by the ball, according to her, can beused as electricity source to power lighting points and household equipments.
The airless football used as electricity power source when not in use, could span for 18-months before replacement.
About Jessica Mathews
Aged 25, Jessica was born in Edo State and studied Psychology and Economics atHavard University, U.S.A. She said she taught herself Electrical and Mechanical Engineering because of her interest in the field.
Speaking to Vanguard, she said her motivation to invent the ball and skipping rope came when she attended a wedding in Nigeria and there was a sudden power outage.
“I am a Nigerian and was in Nigeria, it was my Aunt’s wedding and we lost power. How many times, is there anyone who has not been affected? For me, I was raisedto seek a solution when there is a problem. To be as creative as you can and be opened to different ways so you can address the situation.”
Speaking on why she chose to use a football, she said:
“We all know that football is the most popular thing in the world. To most people, football form is the most convenient; any man on the street will be attracted to kicking football. So, the idea is to put something that people really love and get more out of it.”
According to her, the innovation has been accepted and is already in use in the U.S.A. It would be affordable when mass-produced and introduced into the Nigerian market.
“Right now, if we are going to sell it here in Nigeria, it will be equivalent to what you will pay for a solar inverter. Right now, we have not started making them here, we are selling them in New York and in New York, we charge people a lot because it is New York,’’ she said.
Congratulations Jessica!


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