Nigerian man produces customised cars (Photos)
By Rita Chioma
Automobile whiz, Alex Ephraim, who hails from Imo State, and reportedly has a catalog of car designs and specifications and builds cars according to his customer’s taste has unveiled a new automobile in his workshop in Owerri.
Tony Izuogu who shared his story and posted pictures on Facebook wrote: “The story of Alex Ephraims will do no less than inspire and excite every sound mind. He was one of very few competent modernized and automated mechanic workshops in Owerri.”His exploits were so much that IMO state government of Rochas Okorocha entered into a deal with him (back in Rochas’ first term) to do all kinds of things that would have transformed the state to a large extent under the auspices of ICAPS. (Well, government eventually frustrated the deal and Engr Alex pulled out).
“The foreign-trained automechanical expert relocated to his own base here in Owerri and continued pursuit of his dream.
“As soon as I returned to Nigeria from a business trip a few months ago, I was invited to see what he has been up to. What I saw left
me thoroughly impressed.
“In a private workshop of no larger than two plots of land, he had set up a car manufacturing plant here in Owerri. And he already had a finished product sample.
“That’s not the best part. What he does is akin to what a tailor does. He has a catalog of various car designs and specs. You peruse the catalog, choose any design you like and he produces it for you with any type of facilities or utilities or technology you desire, be it reverse camera, or air conditioner, or speed control system. His is the first known car manufacturing firm with well developed customization services in Nigeria.
“He has a team of young men he picked and trained. They are specialists in their various fields of auto mechanical craft.
“No material is a waste. He runs a very efficient recycling process.”
Meanwhile, recently, Alex carried out a road test of his sample car. The IMO state commissioner of Police was excited to see such innovative work from a Nigerian, as he took the sample car on a the road test from his workshop to certain parts of Owerri.
The cheering crowd was massive.
Alex hails from Nwangele LGA of Imo State.