Guled Adnan Abdi is a 13 year old schoolboy who makes toys. Not just any old toys, but electronic ones which he makes out of items he finds discarded in his hometown of Budhodle in Somalia. “I started making toys when I was younger…I used to play with them without any motor. But later I said to myself: ‘Why don’t you make them into a moving machine?’ So I looked at the cars in the town and invented my toys with the same design.” Among the toys he has built are a plane and a truck, both out of old cooking oil containers, as well as a fan that doubles up as a light at night. Remarkably, Guled is completely self taught. “From noon to late in the evening I usually work on my cars. I have never seen anyone make such things and I was not trained by anyone. I investigated and found out for example how a car’s tyres turn.” He then give his toys the power of motion by hooking them up to a battery powered control box. He is so good at making toys that he has gained quite a fan base in his hometown, so much so that people turn up to watch him at work after school. His reputation has even spread beyond Budhodle and he was invited to Garowe, the main town in Puntland, the semi-autonomus region of Somalia, where he showed his toys to none other than President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali. The President was so impressed that he has offered to fund Guled’s education. Good to see a government investing in the future generation.