In order to promote clean, efficient energy development that complies with environmental regulations, Mustapha Gajibo, a Nigerian university dropout born in Borno State, Northeast, has made history by becoming the first Nigerian and the first person in Sub-Saharan Africa to locally produce electric vehicles from scratch. Although the 30-year-old young prodigy was unable to finish his studies at the University of Maiduguri in Borno State, northeastern Nigeria, he has still joined a lengthy line of famous people who have made major contributions to society and the entire world.
With the help of his young design team, Mustapha Gajibo has created electric buses that can travel 200 kilometers before needing to refuel. The buses are currently in use in Maiduguri, and the inventor intends to soon extend their reach to become the first home-built electric vehicle in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Mustapha Gajibo received an admissions offer to the University of Maiduguri in 2012, but he was chosen to study general agricultural science rather than electrical engineering. He had to ask for a change of course. He was anxious, but he accepted Mechanical Engineering when it was offered in instead of Electrical Engineering. But as chance would have it, in level three of his undergraduate mechanical engineering study, he decided to discontinue.
Some of his relatives disapproved of his choice, with the exception of his father, who thought he knew what he was doing; some of his friends hated him; and some lecturers, including the head of his department, thought he was crazy. “It was a very tough decision. In fact, some of my close friends told me that it was madness on my part.” Then, Mustapha made the decision to launch his career as a supporter of renewable energy. In 2014, he decided to take a chance and register his company with the Nigerian government’s Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), which issues licenses to eligible people and companies.
Ten minibuses already had their internal combustion engines removed by Gajibo, who then installed solar batteries in their place of origin. According to him, the buses, which have been in use for a little over a month, can drive 100 kilometers on a single charge. The construction of the buses from scratch is reportedly Gajibo’s most ambitious undertaking. Batteries and solar panels will be installed on them. The young inventor predicts that over the next five years, he will begin selling electric cars built in Nigeria in other African nations and throughout the rest of the world.
In addition to boasting about having over 100 employees and a sizable number of part-time employees, Mustapha Gajibo stated that he has also invented other things. He uses solar power to illuminate some sizable schools and medical institutions in Maiduguri and other locations. One of his efforts was to power the Federal University’s online library in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, by installing 80-kilowatt equipment.
“As I am speaking to you now at our workshop, we are building a 12-seater bus which can cover up to 200 kilometres on one charge,” Gajibo told Reuters.
“Before the end of this month we are going to unveil that bus, which will be the first of its kind in the whole of Nigeria,” he said, adding that his workshop had the capacity to produce 15 buses a month.