Story By: Jennifer Amoah

Dr. Thomas Mensah, an inventor of fiber optics and nanotechnology, has spoken about his intentions of being a crucial part of Ghana’s development.

He was speaking at the 2018 UNESCO Youth Newsroom during the 27th World Press Freedom Day. The renowned engineer and inventor who believes strongly that “The right stuff comes in black tools…” is made known his commitments to the development of Ghana, his motherland.

Dr. Mensah in a pose with members of the Youth News Room

His dedication comes from the fact that his ability to succeed in his field makes it possible to attain anything.

As part of his ambitions, he outlined about 4 major projects he plans on undertaking. Dr.Mensah is building the first Silicon Valley institution in Ghana. This instistutionis called the Silicon Valley of Ghana and can be accessed on The institution has 5 Innovation Centers across the nation and allows industry and university research collaborations in technology and advanced science  knowledge.

The construction an Airport maintenance facility will be undertaken. This facility is meant to repair all faulty aircrafts in Africa.

In addition, there will be the building of a speed train that will facilitate easy movements and access to all parts of Ghana. The speed train will ease traffic on our major roads and improve work efficiency and productivity of Ghanaians.

Being the chemical engineer that he is, Dr. Mensah cannot help but set up firm foundations of nanotechnology in Ghana. The construction of a technologically advanced setup that will keep the battery of a charged phone fully active for 3 whole days without the need for intermittent charging is part of his stimulating plans.

With such prospects in sight, Ghana certainly has a brighter future.

Dr. Thomas Mensah is a Ghanaian-American chemical engineer and  an inventor. He has received awards for 7 of his 14 patents and in 2015, he was inducted into the US national Academy of Inventors. He also received the Kwame Nkrumah African Genius Award in Science/Technology and Innovation in Ghana in 2017.


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