What do an eggbeater, a golf tee, a Chevy Volt and a Super Soaker water gun all have in common?

Visitors to the opening of the International African Inventors Museum traveling exhibit, on display at Humber’s L Space Gallery January 15-16, will know the answer.

Members of the Humber and wider Etobicoke community were on hand to officially open the exhibit on January 15, touring through three rows of informative panels that traced the history of African innovation.

One of the guests in attendance was Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner, Jean Augustine, who, in 1993, became the first female African-Canadian MP and federal cabinet minister.

“Humber represents the real face of Canada,” Augustine said in her brief address to the gathered crowd. “This exhibit calls not just to African students, but to all the students of the school. What’s here speaks to the overall learning environment that is an integral part of Humber College.”  

According to Francis Jeffers, the curator of the exhibit, the information highlights important role models for all students.

“I want the students to see the incredible range of innovations that are here,” explains Jeffers. “From simple things to more complex breakthroughs, this exhibit shows students that many different people, from many different circumstances, have contributed to the world. I want students to be inspired to do the same.”

The exhibit is open at the L Space Gallery from 10-4 January 15 and 16. Admission is free.