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Once A Baby "Thrown Away" At A Dumpster, Freddie Figgers Beat All Odds To Become A Millionaire Tech Inventor

Life’s circumstances don’t have to be the defining point in your life. Freddie Figgers is a testament to this after finding out at the age of eight that his biological mother had abandoned him as a newborn next to a dumpster, reports BBC News . “Listen I’m going to shoot it to you straight, Fred. Your biological mother, she threw you away, and me and Betty Mae, we didn’t want to send you through foster care and we adopted you, and you’re my son,” Freddie recalls his father revealing to him. After the news that he had been discovered by his adopted parents near a dumpster, he shares the thoughts that ran through his mind. “When he told me that, I was like, ‘OK I’m trash,’ and I felt unwanted,” said Freddie. “But he grabbed my should and he said, ‘Listen, don’t you ever let that both you.'” Thankfully, Freddie continued to persevere, although the circumstances of his adoption continued to follow him throughout his youth. “Kids used to bully me and call me, ‘Dumpster baby,’ ‘Trash can...

Shanique Yates

Jun 7, 2021

3 African Tech Inventions Created to Fight COVID-19

On Feb. 14, 2020, Africa recorded its first confirmed COVID-19 case in Egypt. According to the World Health Organization (WHO ), the virus reached the continent via travelers from Asia, Europe, and the U.S. As of last week, WHO reports that cases in Africa have risen to over 30,000 with nearly 1,400 deaths. While some doctors saw Africa as nothing more than a testing lab for COVID-19 vaccines, citizens of Africa have honed their intelligence and innovation to create inventions that aid in the reduction of the virus within their continent. Check out these three Africa-based inventions that are contributing to COVID-19 solutions. RESPIRE-19 Portable Ventilator According to Face2Face Africa , Usman Dalhatu, a 20-year-old mechanical engineer student at Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria, invented and built a local ventilator. With the help of his partners, Dr. Yunusa Muhammad Garba of the Human Anatomy Department, Gombe State University, and Aliyu Hassan, a graduate of Mechatronics...

Devin Crudup

Apr 29, 2020