William lives in a small village in Malawi called Wimbe. Most people in Wimbe are farmers who live in poverty. The people blame their problems on magic and try to use magic to solve them. In this scene, a boy cuts Williams knuckles open and pours what is supposedly a magical powder in them to make William strong. After three days William tests his new powers. He fights the largest person at a soccer game but loses the fight and gets a black eye. William realizes that magic is not real. This makes him look at the world in a different way which shapes his future.
Can you give me my special powers? I have already paid my three thousand kwacha.
William and his friend Geoffrey start to acquire an interest in science. They take apart radios to examine their contents. After a lot of trial and error the two started learning about how radios worked. Soon after, they open a workshop in Geoffrey's bedroom where people bring in their radios for fixing. Since they can't afford radio parts they use recycled parts and a lot of improvisation. William then becomes more interested in how other things are made such as cars. This makes him feel confident with embarking on larger projects.
In this scene you can see that William is nearly starving but he has to wait until dinner. This is because of a large drought that comes upon Malawi. The only meal that William and his family are able to eat is dinner . The price of maize increases rapidly. Dishonest government men steal all the emergency maize and the money. People have to sell anything they have to buy food. This affects William because his family is unable to pay for school so he cannot get a good education and job
You will have to wait until dinner because we don't have enough food.
Mom can I please eat?
Since William's family does not have enough money to send him to school, he is bored at home. He wants to keep up with what is being taught at school so he reads textbooks and his friend Geoffrey provides him with notes from every lesson. He has to work hard to understand the English text for topics like science and engineering without the help of a teacher. William is able to learn a lot of information about topics like electricity on his own. Once he learns about hydroelectric power, William is confident that he can build a windmill to provide electricity for his family.