Belgium: Jef Merckx, Bamboo Bicycle Already Manufactured In Ghana Before You


Bamboo bicycle made in Ghana, the work of Miss Winifred Selby. Photo credit: Media Ghana.

History remains incomplete, because certain facts about Africa, have been swept under the carpet by Europeans, just to hide the truth and portray Africa as ignorant.

Is it true that apart from the looting of Africa’s rich mineral resources, including gold, diamond, Copper, Bauxite etc; the Europeans stole ideas from Africa to develop Europe, while they underdeveloped Africa?

In today’s (3/17/2016) Gazet Van Antwerpen, one of Belgium’s newspapers, was an article about Jef Merckx, introducing a Bamboo bicycle in Belgium. According to Merckx, Bamboo bicycle is lighter, faster and ecology, with the photo of him and the Bamboo Bicycle he has manufactured.

After reading the entire article, there wasn’t any indication anywhere in the article that Bamboo bicycle is long manufactured in Ghana, by a woman called Winifred Selby, who started her production at the age of 15. It is likely that Ghana is the first country in the world to manufacture Bamboo bicycle.

Like Always, Belgium has denied Ghana-Africa’s intelligence and knowledge and given the credit to someone who has stolen an idea from Africa, above all from a woman. What a shame?

ghana-2Miss Selby working on a new bicycle with Bamboo. Photo credit: Media Ghana.

There are many reasons journalism is said to lose its credibility. Gazet Van Antwerpen’s publication giving credit to Jef Merckx, as the manufacturer of Bamboo bicycle is one of them. Without investigation, they just published the stolen idea and knowledge from Africa. This is a mockery to the entire Belgian media. I told you so, and I will always tell you.


Below is an article I published last year about Miss Winifred Selby.

Ghana Manufactures Bamboo Bicycles

“It’s so sad and so serious that a common toothpick in my country has to be imported from other countries,” said Winifred Selby.

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Bamboo bicycle helps both the urban and rural people in Ghana.

Africa is a great continent blessed with vast natural resources, unfortunately in the abundance of water; Africans are still thirsty, due to lack of ability to make good use of their resources technically, economically, industrially and technologically. It isn’t surprised that at an African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2014, a young Ghanaian girl, just 15 years of age, reveals the reason she was inspired to manufacture bicycle with bamboo.

The question is what motivated Miss Selby as young as she is to have such an ambitious dream? At school, I discovered a number of things about Ghana and Africa in general, which deeply made her sad, she explained. Today her dream to manufacture bicycles with bamboo has captured the attention of organizations globally, giving her award as a ‘Company making bicycle out of Bamboo.’

“I always say Africans are the rich, we have many things which can add value to make a change. But Africans always seem to think they cannot do something extraordinary, but rather only people from foreign countries can,” said Miss Selby.

“It’s so sad and so serious that a common toothpick in my country has to be imported from other countries. We don’t do it ourselves because we look down on ourselves. We think foreigners are the people to make changes. It’s something that pains me because we have been blessed with so many things.”

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Miss Winifred Selby works on a new bicycle.

Transport fares are not easy affordable and school children and student, especially in rural areas, have to walk miles to go to school. By the time they reach the classroom, they are already tired. “What can a tired mind study? Asked Miss Selby?

Again, Miss Selby lamented on the rate of high unemployment levels and the reality that Ghana needs many more growing businesses and entrepreneurs to provide much needed jobs. These problems became such worrying issues to her that she was motivated to create something extraordinary in the Ghanaian community and Africa generally.

Saying earlier that Africa has a lot of mineral resources, the abundance of Bamboo trees in Ghana, facilitated and enhanced her desire to embark on her journey to produce bicycle out of Bamboo. In collaboration with other students, Bernice Dapaah and Kwame Kyei, the dream of Bamboo manufacturing bicycle has become a reality.

The Ghanaian entrepreneur and owner of Afrocentric Bamboo, hasn’t only help to solve transportation problems for students in rural areas but also promoting good health.