- A lot of people are aware of water pistol, but not so many people know about the inventor identified as Lonnie George Johnson
- Johnson came up with the Super Soaker in 1989, a toy gun that is widely known as water pistol
- The toy gun has earned him more than a billion dollars (N386,400,000,000) in sale
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Lonnie George Johnson is a black American innovator whose name cannot be omitted when talking about water pistol, a toy gun kids enjoy playing with.
He is the father of the Super Soaker, which is widely known as the water pistol, How Africa reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Johnson is a rocket scientist, American inventor and engineer, who holds more than 120 patents.
The innovator came up with the Super Soaker in 1989 and the toy gun has earned him more than a billion dollars (N386,400,000,000) in sale.
The Super Soaker is among the world’s bestselling toys every year since its release.
Johnson is the founder and president of Johnson Research and Development Co. Inc.
On his rise from humble beginnings, Johnson said: “In spite of the things that have been perpetrated on my race – holding us in bondage under slavery, then making it illegal to educate us and then subjecting us to long-term discrimination and criticism – we succeed anyway, to a very large extent. We just need to realise what we’re capable of.”
In other news, an elderly white man has claimed Nigerian citizenship, saying he is from Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.
The man, who identified himself as Yakubu Durojaye, could be seen in a video having a conversation in fluent Yoruba with a Nigerian lady.
Durojaye told the unidentified lady that he lived in Ilorin for two years, where he was a teacher, adding that he enjoyed a number of Nigerian delicacies.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) celebrated Dr Wendy Okolo, who is the first black woman to bag a PhD in Aerospace Engineering.
The Nigerian-born woman bagged her doctorate degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Legit.ng gathers that Dr Okolo is an aerospace research engineer in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center.
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