Nigeria is one country blessed with so many creative minds that usually come up with impressive ideas which have potentials of creating a better future for the country. We have seen it many times and now again we found a recent report of a young university graduate who recently built a solar-powered Keke Napep in just 21 days.
This is the Solar-powered Keke Napep built by a young Nigerian graduate in just 21 days
Many Nigerians hardly even know that there are so many other Made-in-Nigeria vehicles that are not Innoson cars. This is probably caused by less funding or support received by most of these other indigenous car designers/manufacturers. Sometime last year, we posted about Alex Ephraim, the Nigerian engineer who makes vehicles with his own designs. And now we are back again with yet another indigenous car designer and manufacturer with an ingenious idea.
His name is Anthony Obinna Okafor and his most recent popular work is a solar-powered tricycle (Keke NAPEP) which he built from the ground up in just a matter of 21 days. According to reports, Okafor is a graduate from the Mechanical & Production Engineering department of Nnamdi Azikwe University in Awka, Anambra State. He is reportedly aspiring to be Africa’s “Elon Musk” as he envisions to spearhead a new era of electric cars in Nigeria and Africa as a whole.
Anthony Obinna Okafor “behind the scenes” when making the solar-powered Keke Napep which took him just 21 days
Reports claim that Okafor unveiled this solar-powered tricycle in Abakaliki which is the capital city of Ebonyi state where he revealed that the project took him 3 weeks (21days) to complete. The young man revealed in the reports that capital funding was his greatest challenge that even delayed the project for that long. He, however, mentioned that he got support from the Ebonyi State Vocation College but never talked about anyone else or any other organization.
Okafor admitted that the controllers, axle, electric motor, and few other parts of the vehicle were indeed imported but stressed that if he had adequate funding, he could fabricate all of them locally here in Nigeria. Okafor says this solar-powered tricycle can self-charge even in cloudy weather and can as well be plugged to a grid power supply like an electric car.
This Okafor projects remind us of a similar project done by Arthur Energy Technology Ltd from 2 years back; check out their own project in the video below;
Assembly of the first solar-powered tricycle in Nigeria by Arthur Energy Technology Ltd [De Solar Giant]