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Kenyan man hopes to have his solar lamps stocked on Walmart’s shelves

Posted by Administrator on March 9, 2012

David Amakobe who hopes his solar lamp will soon be a Walmart product

David Amakobe who hopes his solar lamp will soon be a Walmart product


A Kenyan man has entered Walmart sponsored Get on the Shelf contest for the chance to get his product sold on Walmart.com as well as in Walmart stores.

David Amakobe who is based in Delaware has invented a solar lamp which he says can be used for camping or domestic use. He said that his lamp replaces Kerosene lamps making them environmentally friendly.

Amakobe in pitching his product asserts that the solar lamp emits no fumes, no yellow light.

He also runs African Wood Inc. which facilitates trade between US and African businesses. The startup company is billed as East Africa’s online farmers’ wholesale market which trades by the name Afrwood Wakulima Market.

Any product in any category currently covered by Walmart is eligible ranging from housewares and electronics to toys and apparel.

The nationwide contest is  similar to the popular American Idol television show and contestants have created videos of their latest inventions.

The public started voting online on the submissions on March 7 and the voting is scheduled to end on April 4.

Ten finalists will be selected and then the second round of voting begins which will determine the top three products to be sold on Walmart.com.

The Grand Prize winner’s product will be sold on Walmart.com and featured on the site’s home page, and also get valuable shelf space in select Walmart stores across the country.


To vote for David click here


3 Responses to “Kenyan man hopes to have his solar lamps stocked on Walmart’s shelves”

  1. Crabtree said

    Brilliant guy with a wonderful innovation! However, such a product can do better in Nakumatt or Uchumi rather than Walmart. Kenya’s a champion in blackouts hence a need for such a lamp which doesn’t need paraffin! Either way, this guy stands out; he’s among the few Kenyans one would be proud of!

    • Thank you. We are hoping to be able to place the lamp on both nakumat and Uchumi shelves. We do appreciate your help in letting the word out. The more people know the more they will vote and we are getting there!

  2. kihoria said

    Hiyo ni Maendeleo,we thank God for you our Kenyan born man.

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