Three young Cameroonian engineers from the Will and Brothers start up work on a drone at a workshop in Douala on February 16, 2018. (AFP / Reinnier KAZE)
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Talking fast and dreaming big, William Elong shows off the first "made in Cameroon" drone at his sixth-floor workshop in downtown Douala, minutes from the economic capital's Atlantic seafront.Elong has no degree in IT or robotics but studied strategy and competitive intelligence in France, becoming the youngest-ever graduate from Paris' Economic Warfare School.He founded his startup Will & Brothers in 2015 with a main project called Drone Africa, which aims to provide drones for civil purposes to businesses, the state in Cameroon and elsewhere. The second type, known as Logarythm, has four arms forming a propeller, can reach an altitude of up to 500 meters and is fitted with high-definition cameras, which would be useful in high-risk zones and for precision work, Elong adds.Crucially, he argues, manufacturing costs are lower than those of foreign manufacturers, so the drones produced will be priced competitively across the African marketplace.
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