Home country: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Activities: Youth for Christ, scientific research
Daniel’s ambition to pursue a career in electronic engineering has grown out of a lifelong fascination of taking electronics apart and putting them back together again.
I am Daniel Sahr Bonga, from Sierra Leone. When I was 9 years old a brutal civil war erupted in Freetown where I was living with my family. During the war, my father’s investments were lost and my mother’s house burnt to ashes, leaving them with nothing but their three children. My parents never thought that starting life all over again should prevent me and my sisters from getting an education. So they tried their best to send us to average primary schools in the city. After writing my junior secondary school entrance examination, I emerged with one of the best results in the country. Through this I was awarded a scholarship which enabled me to study at one of the most respected government schools in Sierra Leone.
At African Leadership Academy I am the Finance Manager of an original idea project called, Niquee. The aim of Niquee is to develop a lotion using milk butter that moisturizes the skin but also serves as a malaria repellant which in the long-term will help alleviate the malaria outbreak in many African countries. I dream of seeing a peaceful and interconnected Africa and plan to design projects that will enable low-income communities in Africa and the world at large to become self sustainable.