Nigerian makes breakthrough in car design

Nigerian makes breakthrough in car design
 

New York, US, 01/24 - A Nigerian, Jelani Aliyu, has recorded a major breakthrough in the automotive industry in the US, with the design of a state-of-the-art electric car.

"Chevy Volt", described as an "American Revolution", was designed by Aliyu at the US-based world`s largest automaker, General Motors (GM) plant in Detroit.

A statement issued in New York by GM Tuesday, stated: "GM`s most electrifying advanced technology vehicle is the Chevrolet Volt concept, a battery-powered, extended-range electric passenger vehicle".

"It uses a gas engine to create additional electricity. The technology behind the Volt concept, GM`s E-flex System, allows electricity to be produced from gasoline, ethanol, bio-diesel or hydrogen, helping to provide a global solution to diversifying transportation energy sources," it said.

It said that the car was developed by its lead designer "a soft spoken native of Nigeria and 1994 alumni of CCS, Jelani Aliyu after a 10-month marathon sprint to bring the Volt to reality".

The CCS is the College for Creative Studies for automobile design in the US and it produces designers for all the automakers in the country.

"The marathon started with tough competition amongst eight designers and their concepts that were developed in two short months, with 7 of the 8 scale model concepts reviewed and eliminated," it noted.

According to the statement, "Jelani`s model...design incorporates many design elements to complement the electric technology driving the car as well as his love of nature and the ergonomics of a vehicle one can enjoy nature in".

Aliyu, who hails from the northwestern state of Sokoto, was born in 1966 in Kaduna and is married with two children. He attended Capital School, Sokoto and Federal Government College in the same town, where he received an award as a student in technical drawing and creative art.

In an interview with PANA on telephone from Detroit, Aliyu said: "The Chevy Volt is my concept and design and was last week showcased at a motor show in Detroit and will also feature in another one this week in Washington DC".

"I draw a lot and also designed my own cars and even built scale models of them, complete with exteriors and interiors, so that is from where get my inspiration," he said.

He said that he had a brief stint at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, where he initially planned to study architecture, but later got a scholarship from the Sokoto government to study in the US.

"In 1990, I got admitted into the College for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit, Michigan, in the United States to study Automobile Design and completed my four-year degree programme in 1994," the auto designer said.

Aliyu also said that during his studies he received two awards from Ford Motor Company and Michelin, US.

He began work in GM in 1997, as part of a design team for the Buick Rendezvous, which he served as its lead interior designer, before he was transferred to Germany to work at GM`s division in Europe in 1999.

He is now a senior and lead exterior designer at GM headquarters, where he is working on various GM models, with some of them now on sale in the US, Canada and Europe.



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Re: Nigerian makes breakthrough in car design
WayoGuy posted on 01-25-2007, 10:57:04 AM
Fellow Naija, I salute you.
Re: Nigerian makes breakthrough in car design
WaleAkin posted on 01-25-2007, 13:17:39 PM
Good news about a fellow Nigerian, just wondering what that guy would have being if still in Nigeria?

We have lost almost every viable Nigerian to the western world.

Cheers,
Wale Akin
Re: Nigerian makes breakthrough in car design
I Love Nigeria posted on 01-25-2007, 14:47:47 PM
Nigeria was effectively represented at that forum by our diplomats... including our very own Consul General of Nigeria in New York City Mallam Ibrahim Awalu.

And I infact have had the honor to receive emails and I have as well spoken to this genius of Nigerian Mr. Jelani Aliyu by phone several times in the past.

Mr. Jelani Aliyu is in sync with another Nigerian automotive designer/creator who with NIDO met with President Obasanjo last month in New York City .... of whom I wrote about in these words.....

QUOTE:
Apart from the visit to the United Nations by President Obasanjo, and his attendance as the honored guest and cynosure of the tributes and celebrations at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, our president also conducted other important national business, including a meeting with a Nigerian engineer, Bamidele Oyekanmi PhD, an inventor of an automotive part, for which this Nigerian is currently partnering with Ford Motors Company, with a view of possibly producing the particular automotive part in Nigeria, thereby offering employment opportunities to Nigerians in Nigeria.http://www.nigeriavillagesquare.com/articles/paul-adujie/glowing-befitting-well-deserved-tributes-for-president-obas.html
Re: Nigerian makes breakthrough in car design
Obi posted on 01-25-2007, 15:13:37 PM
I hope that Jelani's story will ignite academic consciousness in the North; will make the northern parents and youths alike, see the achievable heights in western education.
Re: Nigerian makes breakthrough in car design
MrOneNaija posted on 01-25-2007, 15:28:08 PM
SINGING THE 'HEART OF AFRICA'

In Nigeria, in the guise of a so-called reform agenda, the current tyrant and his mafia companions are busy expropriating national assets like NITEL and creating phoney corporate entities with proceeds from their loot. It is also called privatization à la Baba Aremu and his confederates. For seven and a half years, these kleptocrats indulged their vanities and basically inflicted a brazenly decadent culture of wanton greed and lawlessness coupled with an administrative truancy that has helped transform the Nigerian nation into a land where life is short, nasty and brutish.

Only recently, with the assistance of their agents overseas, these hedonists organized a jamboree in Toronto that was billed as a gathering for Nigerian experts in the diaspora to help the Nigerian regime of Obasanjo "fine-tune" its "reforms"! Yes, to "fine-tune" the anti-people policies of a dictator who should be in the process of packing his bags to get the hell out of Abuja never to be seen near the seat of government again! That is how so shamelessly ridiculous these charlatans have become. Welcome to 'Heart of Africa'!

Nigeria's potential as a regional manufacturing power has been seriously curtailed, thanks to the crooked ways of the Obasanjo regime and its associates which have badly delayed the taking off of the Ajaokuta steel complex. There are reports in the media linking an Obasanjo scion with crooked contract deals involving the Ajaokuta complex.

The lesson of all this is that Nigerians in the diaspora should learn to primarily count on their determination and especially their sense of community - a commodity which is apparently lacking in the world of the present crop of so-called political leaders - if they want to participate, the odds notwithstanding, in the development of the fatherland.
Re: Nigerian makes breakthrough in car design
I Love Nigeria posted on 01-25-2007, 15:40:02 PM
Obi Ogini ka neme?

You sound condescending and patronizing when you wrote these words up there:
QUOTE:
I hope that Jelani's story will ignite academic consciousness in the North; will make the northern parents and youths alike, see the achievable heights in western education
Mr. Jelani Aliyu is not the first Nigerian in our Northern part of the country to have received formal education in the Western sense.... there are actually doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers from the "North" that I personally know or even went to school with.. and they can serve as examples to Anambrarians, Lagosians and our citizens from Kano and every where in Nigeria

Mr. Aliyu's achievement is no mean feat (no sneering or jeering from me)!.... but, I am sure he is at once a good example for all Nigerians .... South and North (Moslems and Christians) Jelani Aliyu is not exactly your one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind!
While we are at excoriating Obasanjo..
Auspicious posted on 01-25-2007, 15:54:22 PM
And yes, MrOneNaija, while we are at denouncing the misrule of Obasanjo, we should also have the guts to reject once and for all, the re-emergence in our national affairs, of people who apart from their stubborn, deadly militaristic approach to issues, have nothing else to offer us in terms of academic intellect that is required in managing our affairs, in such a manner that will speed-up our liberation from this cocoon of inefficiency in which we have entrapped ourselves.

I speak of our need to free ourselves from the same class of people who have ruled us for so long, and find for ourselves, humble and brilliant minds like the Ghanians have done for themselves with John Kufour (Read THIS interview). We have had enough of semi-educated, recycled hegemons who have suddenly discovered their love for the freedoms that democracy guarantees us all - the very freedoms that they explicitly vowed to "tamper with" when about 24 years ago, they siezed power in a bloodless coup.

These same people have yet to atone or at least shown contrition for their excesses, despite many beautiful opportunities that has come and gone for them to do so. And yet, we are short-sighted enough to clamor for them to come back - to sit idle and watch them roam around the country, claiming they want to come back and rule Nigerians, without even bothering to speak to us eyeball to eyeball, so we know what they stand for or where their values lie.

Mohammadu Buhari can go to blazes with his Presidential ambition, for as long as he won't let go of his ego and confess his 'sins' to Nigerians, he stands condemned for his past and he shall NOT rule this dear Motherland of ours.

Oh, I forgot to add: Insha Allah!

Auspicious.
Re: Nigerian makes breakthrough in car design
Obi posted on 01-25-2007, 16:14:57 PM
QUOTE:
Obi Ogini ka neme?

You sound condescending and patronizing when you wrote these words up there: Mr. Jelani Aliyu is not the first Nigerian in our Northern part of the country to have received formal education in the Western sense.... there are actually doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers from the \"North\" that I personally know or even went to school with.. and they can serve as examples to Anambrarians, Lagosians and our citizens from Kano and every where in Nigeria

Mr. Aliyu's achievement is no mean feat (no sneering or jeering from me)!.... but, I am sure he is at once a good example for all Nigerians .... South and North (Moslems and Christians) Jelani Aliyu is not exactly your one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind!


Comparative statistics in Nigeria, shows that there is aversion towards education in the north. It is well known. Therefore, news like that of Jelani, the now famous international artist/designer, will in no small way, be uplifting to northerners in [B]PARTICULAR, and Nigerians in general. It is heart warming news indeed. Serious eeh!

Abi de wey I take talk am no good?
Re: Nigerian makes breakthrough in car design
Leshak posted on 01-25-2007, 16:24:41 PM
Gloria!

I love that! For sure I am reaching Jelani soon for an interview for the ViewPoint Section of the Journal of Transfigural Mathematics which is devoted to original ideas and breakthroughs.

I said it the other day, it is not just a question of Nigeria is coming. Nigeria has arrived. Not only just in technology as we are witnessing in the case of Jelani but also in basic research in mathematics and science which holds the key to every breakthrough in engineering and technology. And of course in architecture. In arts too, witness the contributions of projective geometry to arts.

I challenge people of my generation to come out with original ideas in their fields, yes, so that this endless political talk will just be thrown to where it belongs : talking shop at best.

See, politics is useless, jobless without the products of the intellect in basic research and other fields. Any talk about balance of payments and gross national product hinges on what the intellect can produce for the market. Of course, you can't buy nor pay for creativity, the gift of God, but some of its by-products alone, with good management which is also a tenant of the intellect, can skyrocket a country to the greatest height.

And just one simple single brilliant idea in one branch alone, with good marketing strategy, can make you become the richest person in the world. Bill Gates is a living example. It is not oil - which will dry up some day - that make a people great. It is the radiance of the intellect and the love of sacrifice and risk.

While a single innovative idea in mathematics can make a difference in some fields, a single basic idea like the mathematics of George Boole which is the power behind logic gates which are behind Large-Scale-Integration that makes the hardware possible can lead to the opening of a new world. And in spite of its fundamental weakness, in spite of the fact that binary logic only applies to how children think which they jettison as they grow up, it is all the same that which makes it possible together with the transitor which is a translation of it, for us to be talking with each other on the electronic highway.

Let's pay more attention to that which gives politicians jobs and which holds the promise of plenty for the people of Nigeria and elsewhere than investing the great resources I have discovered through some contributions in NVS on talking politics, the people's weather.

Let us plunge into the mysteries of being, the secrets of nature and the utopias deposited in the social structures. This we can do if we love the challenges of the spirit, love the battle of the intellect with the belief that if we do our best for humanity, we have fulfilled our part in realizing the Divine Dream of the Human Project.

Salut!

Lere Shakunle

* Sorry for typos. I wrote this online.
Re: Nigerian makes breakthrough in car design
MrOneNaija posted on 01-25-2007, 16:32:47 PM
Auspicious,

Isn't it a shame that you of all people are here citing Ghana as an example of an African "success story" and not Nigeria under your hero Obasanjo and his sidekick, Wole Soyinka? There are stories out there suggesting that Soyinka has been playing the role of marabout to Obasanjo and his regime. There is this saying which goes like this: That appearances can sometimes be deceptive.

It might interest you to know that the Ghanian "success story" began well before the ascendancy of Kufuor - under a former military man turned democrat, Jerry Rawlings. Remember Rawlings? You don't have to take my word for it. Ask the same international outfits that have passed a vote of confidence regarding Kufuor. Better still, ask Ghanians themselves.
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