A showcase of Africa's rising automotive industry and vehicle makers. Jonathan Kasumba, An automotive designer consulting on different vehicle projects. Founder of the Africa Automotive Design Association. Follow this blog to get car design ideas and much more.
Defined by the creator of the concept vehicle, Adedapo Paul Akintunde.
The whole purpose of the ivixi car is for us to grow the tech that will serve us. The project as you know, will influence all the other creative 2d/3d disciplines. As you know, the ivixi car has certain quirks about it that stem from here, but like Yoruba and broken in afrobeat music, will later be imbibed and mimicked by a global audience, as the 'quirks' they are, and will add spice to a prosaic existence. Which was what I was hitting at when I was expressing that this design isn't a Ferrari!
The ivixi car project is already being embraced by our local audience, which was the whole purpose: also like afrobeat, we don't really give a hoot whether any oyinbo or Indian or another foreigner sees it or not. It is sophisticated enough in terms of line and surface to be 21st century automotive design, but also local enough in it's functional positioning to be strictly regional, and the detailing on various iterations will underscore this fact.
I'm very careful to keep the drawings within what can be manufactured with the resources at Azuka's factory to keep the authenticity of ownership to that location: when we expand, we will have established that control by that very device of location and situational intelligence. The protection of its authenticity remains what ingredients make it an ivixi car, so punters will be quick to point out potential fakes.
Egusi soup is eaten in a soup bowl and is a 'soup'- but to its user it cannot be drank and isn't normally accompanied by any sort of bread, but that doesn't affect it's self confidence against tomato or chicken soup. Egusi is resplendent against amala, iyan, eba, semo and many other okeles. No English names for egusi soup and okeles, and no English substitutes for these amazing super foods. No need to count their calories even.
Egusi soup is supreme.
The vehicle type we've achieved is just like egusi soup. It isn't a jeep neither is it a sports utility vehicle. It is a car as far as egusi is a soup. It carries people from a-b just like egusi satisfies appetites. However, like egusi, it doesn't go well with bread- as in everyday operations. It is a multipurpose vehicle in that it caters for the Nigerian culture as where it's at, and thus becomes an instrument of the Nigerian advancement story. How is it so?
Apart from the obvious a-b functions, it is the Mallam store, the farmer's utility van, and the soldier's accompaniment to victory. It is the vehicle that Taoreed the welder made, so Mufutau the other welder can fix. It doesn't have any fancy surface transitions, neither can it easily be disfigured by jealousy or negligence of varying degrees. It is tall for protection against its light weight composition, and to prevent death by going under a trailer, or being flattened by one,(gives you a few seconds to escape) but it's centre of gravity is placed very low to prevent any sort of tumbling. It will provide an additional inverter capacity to supply its owner with electricity when that scarce resource is withheld by the ogas that own it, and it will provide illumination to protect it's owner against neighborhood darkness. It also contributes massively to Nigerian advancement by being the vehicle that Taoreed has made, thus removing sole reliance from Toyota and the current Chinese suppliers, further imbuing the confidence to surge ahead and expand the production to various mutations and hybrids.
Amr Zahran, from Egypt, built his dream car in a matter of 5 years utilizing a variety of techniques to end up with his final result. At 28 years of age he is proud with his outcome and desires to carry on this development in future. Exterior body work and brand development has been his motivation.
In Egypt, going through a challenging economic time, has not stopped a 35-year-old entrepreneur Ahmed Saeed el-Feki to launch his own business of building cars. A mini-car to be exact; A sustainable solution in a country that depends heavily on foreign imports to meet the countries transportation needs.
The vehicle he calls Minicar takes on the car with safety, comfort and utility in mind for ease of mass production.
Meet Baila Ndiaye the engineer behind a viral online video, displaying a vehicle he designed and built to race. His design he named The Syndiély is a single seat sports car, driven by a BMW motorcycle engine with a central driving position. A characteristic handling gives it a playful feel why displaying a purposeful acceleration and a stable stance. Courtesy of
Drawing inspiration from his passion for sports cars in his youth, Moses Ngobeni, has managed to build his ideal car by hand in his garage. A resourceful electrical engineer determined and focused, designed, forged and built the body frame and panels to get his Red Sports Car on the road.
Alex Ephraim is an engineer and co-founder of the E&JAAS company and workshop in Nigeria. He works not only for showcasing his skills but to share his knowledge in building, designing and servicing vehicles. Here is a vehicle he built called the Combatant. An all terrain 2 seat demonstrator.
The Nyoka 4x4 is a rugged Vehicle Platform in East Africa built for military and police forces requirements. A product of Impala Services and Logistics company in Uganda manufactured and assembled locally.
The Nyoka 4x4 is in service as an Armoured Personnel Carrier and Weapon Platform variants and is being utilised for urban and rural operations.
The Nyoka 4x4 has a ballistic protection equal to NATO STANAG Level 1 and can withstand a single anti-tank mine anywhere under the hull.
A bold statement from the Obasa Specialty Vehicle (OSV) group in Nigeria. A vehicle called TEKOWI combining a rugged character with a luxury appeal on a military style package. Function following form while attention to detail expressing the craftsmanship. The company OSV is run by two brothers who took the core business of trading in foreign cars a step further by focusing on manufacturing and design of their our brand of vehicles.