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2019 Africa Owned Car Brands Manufactured In Africa

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Africans are taking the plunge into the automobile industry, positioning themselves to compete against more established car brand. To succeed, they have to do a little more for their demographic and be a little better than their counterparts. Cars made in Africa, and by Africans, are changing the narrative about Africa’s ability to produce state-of-the-art machinery.

These cars produced in Africa. The end products is evidence of Africa’s automotive industry positioning itself to compete with seasoned and established foreign brands.

Africa Owned Car Brands Manufactured In Africa

Mobius Bus-Kenya

Joel Jackson, a British entrepreneur, started Mobius Motors, a car factory in Kenya. Mobius motors released Mobius bus, a low cost designed for common African road terrains. Mobius bus is an eight-seater vehicle with large cargo space. The vehicle can reach a maximum speed of 160km/h on its manually transmitted gearbox.

The company later manufactured Mobius II which is an advanced version of the pioneer model—Mobius one. The new version has a better interior, higher ground clearance, power steering, and sealed side windows.

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Mobius 2

The Kantaka-Ghana

A shift in focus from agriculture to industry in Ghana has yielded great results. The Kantaka is a proudly made in Ghana car. The car is available in various models, shapes, and colors—the Kantaka pickup, the Kantaka SUV etc.

The Kantaka Group of Companies manufactures the Kantaka. Apostle Kwadwo Safo owns the company which is located in Gomoa Mpota. The Kantaka is probably one of the most promising cars made in Africa. This is a unique feature that distinguishes its style from Chinese and Japanese cars. Specifically, the Kantaka is designed for local conditions in Ghana.

The Kantaka

Innoson-Nigeria

The brain behind Innoson, a Nigerian car, is Chief Dr. Ifediaso Chukwuma. Dr. Chukwuma is the founder of The Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company.

The company manufactures luxury, trucks, and minibusses. Some of the advantages that set Innoson car apart include: its affordable price; three years warranty on gears, axle, and engine, and; the ability of the car to correspond with needs of an average car user in Nigeria. In addition, Innoson is a modern and comfortable car.

Innoson luxury SUV G80

Bailey Edwards-South Africa

This is a replica sports car made in South Africa. Brothers Peter and Greg Bailey started the manufacturing company in 2003, creating the brand name of Bailey cars.

The company builds and customizes performance cars—such as the Ferrari P4 and the Porsche 917. In addition to its South African base, the company has a factory in New York. The New York factory caters for the North American market.

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Bailey Edwards

Birkin Cars Ltd

This is another South African car manufactured by Birkin Ltd. John Watson owns Birkin Ltd. The company specializes in making the S3 Roadster. the company has manufactured more than 8,000 S3s  since 1988. The S3 bears resemblance to the original Lotus.

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Birkin S3 Roadster

Wallyscar-Tunisia

Wallyscar is a small but powerful car made in Tunisia. Brothers Zied Guiga and Omar Guiga founded the company in 2006. The car is designed for off-road driving with its largest market being in Africa and the Middle East. In addition, the car has a market in Europe. The manufacturer plans to make the car more colorful, sporty, and more environment-friendly.

The Kiira EV Smack—Uganda

The Kiira EV Smack is an invention by engineering students at Makerere University in Uganda. It is an electric hybrid car by Kiira Motors Corporation. Kiira EV Smack is an advancement of the original prototype by the students. The car is cost-effective. Both diesel and electricity can provide power to the car. The car is expected to become available to consumers before the end of 2022.

Kiira Ev smack

African Ingenuity

Several cars made in Africa show the creativity and ingenuity of the African motor industry. For example, some of these cars, when fully developed, can run on solar power. Others are electric hybrid cars.

The Turtle-Ghana

Another car made in Ghana is the Turtle, which is designed to meet local needs. However, the Turtle is not as sophisticated as the Kantaka. the ingenuity in this car comes from the fact that it is a 100 percent recycled car.

The Wind and Solar Powered Car-Nigeria

Segun Oyeyiola produced this wind and solar powered car as a student at Obafemi Awolowo University. The car was Segun’s final year project at the institution. This car is a product of a Volkswagen Beetle and other materials.

The car was to function on both solar and wind power. During the day, the car uses solar energy. At night, the car uses a wind turbine. This car, however, is still a work in progress.

Cars that Never Survived to Mass Production

Laraki Epitome-Morocco

A product of Morocco, Laraki Epitome is manufactured by Laraki. Moroccan yatch designer Abdeslam Laraki owns the manufacturing company. In addition to Laraki Epitome, the company manufactured the Borac and the Fulgura—supercar and luxury car. Laraki Epitome is a perfect combination of luxury and speed.

Compared to large scale manufacturers, Laraki makes its cars based on a concept. As such, cars at Laraki are custom-made for each customer. In 2015, Laraki cars were ranked as some of the most expensive in the world—priced at over $2 million. This fete definitely makes Laraki the most expensive cars made in Africa.

Saroukh el-Jamahiriya-Libya

The Saroukh el-Jamahiriya was originally designed for former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. As you would expect, this is a luxury and safe car.

The car had an inbuilt electronic defense system. In addition, the interiors had airbags to increase safety of the vehicle. Furthermore, the car could run over hundreds of miles on flat tires. Definitely one of the best cars made in Africa.

Although the car competed with other luxury cars from Germany, it never went into full-time production.

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Saroukh el-Jamihiriya

Perana Z-One

The Perana Z-one is a product of the Perana Performance Group. Perana Performance Group is based in South Africa. produced as a limited edition car, the Z-One is a highly desirable sports car–there are only around 10 of them in the world.

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Perana Z-One

Non-African Players

Although African countries continue to produce cars, cars from Japan, China, Germany, and other foreign countries still dominate the African market.

A common concept is an assembling industry, where foreign companies such as Nissan, Volkswagen, and Toyota fully assemble their cars in Africa. In 2018, Volkswagen opened a car assembly plant in Kigali, Rwanda. In Kenya, Volkswagen has an assembly plant in Thika.

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One of The Oldest Tribes In Africa Was Kicked Out Of Their Homes And Here Is What Happened

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Displaced Batwa Tribe

The Batwa tribe is one of the oldest in Africa. They originally resided in the rainforests of Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda. They survived many decades through hunting and gathering. However, in the 1990s, the government evicted them from the rainforest leaving them homeless. This and subsequent events threw them into poverty.

The actions of the governments of the three countries were prompted by the need to create a national park. The national parks helped to preserve the population of endangered gorillas in the Virunga Mountains. Since then, the population of the gorillas has grown to 880 in 2018 from 284 in 1981. Tourists now pay a huge amount to spend one hour with the apes. The parks have become a huge money spinner for the East African countries. However, the Batwa tribe paid the price.

A glimmer of hope for eighteen Batwa families

Volcanoes Safaris, a luxury lodge operator was drawn to the plight of the Batwa tribe condemned to squat in Uganda’ farmland. The founder of Volcanoes Safari, Praveen Moman was touched by their appalling livelihood. Moman first met the Batwa tribe when he opened the Mount Gahinga Lodge in 1997 on the outskirts of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The encounter sparked their relationship.

Through the Volcanoes Safari Partnership Trust, Moman gifted ten acres of land to the tribe.  When asked about what motivated his actions, Moman said,

“Generally, we want to support people and improve their livelihood in relation to the work we do at our lodges. It was a bunch of rocks on which they built little shacks of twigs, of tarpaulins, of cardboard—whatever they could get.”

All the material used for the construction of the new village were donations from the guests at Mount Gahinga lodge and the Volcanoes Safari Trust. However, Uganda-based Studio FH architects’ contribution was in terms of supervision services and free designs.

A glimpse into the new settlement for the Batwa tribe

The village consists of eighteen houses each measuring twenty square meters. Each of the homes boasts of a bedroom, common room and a covered veranda which also serves as the kitchen. Eucalyptus poles with bamboo crisscross form a grid and make up the walls. However, the roofing consists of metal sheets with papyrus coating.

Batwa Village Home

The builders took some steps to ensure the safety of these eco-friendly homes. First, the buildings have compact spacing for wind protection as well as to conserve farming lands. Secondly, the verandas face opposite of the direction of strong winds from the volcanoes. To ensure proper sanitation, two buildings containing latrines lie in the slopes on one side of the village.

The Batwa tribe village also has a community center on a 100 square meter space. Consequently, the dome-shaped community center is intended to be used for multiple purposes that involves public gathering. The official opening of the village was in May 2018.

Batwa tribe village community center

The 2018 Emerging Architecture Awards

The contributions of Studio FH Architects to the Batwa tribe also earned them a place on the 2018 Emerging Architecture Awards list. The prestigious award instituted in 1999 honors young designers who create a positive impact in their environment through architectural designs.

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Anzisha Prize is the Program Giving the Youth an Opportunity to Prosper

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Have you ever heard of the Anzisha Prize? Africa has for a while now been facing challenges with availing job opportunities for its people in particular. As a result, this has caused a string of other problems like poor health, lack of education and so on. However, this is not going to last. With the establishment of initiatives that seek to support youth innovations and development in Africa, there is a lot of hope for Africans and especially the youth.

Anzisha Prize Africa believes that to change the continent, it all has to start from the grassroots: the youth. Holding to that thought, the Anzisha program has as a result partnered with bodies such as the African Leadership Academy and MasterCard to nurture youth with potential and support them to reach their full potential. The program has seen willing and talented youth with innovative minds being able to achieve their dreams.

When Did Anzisha Prize Launch? 

Anzisha Prize program has been in play since 2011, which of course, was the year of its first launch. Since then, many youths have been prized for their innovative ideas. Additionally, their businesses are now a success thanks to the over $100,000 in funding they receive every year.

The organizers of the program are working tirelessly to see to it that youths aged 15-22 get encouragement to be innovative and grow their ideas into large scale organizations. This is in a bid to provide employment across the continent. Above all, the Anzisha Prize has been running for more than five years. We are at a stage where we can showcase the success of very young entrepreneurs so they can serve as relatable and reachable examples to their peers,” said Anzisha Prize programs manager Melissa Mbazo.

True to her word, youths like Mabel Suglo, founder, Eco Shoes (Ghana) have had a lot to benefit. It goes all the way from getting funding for their projects and management insights on how best they can run their organizations. The exposure and opportunities that these young and great minds have been given by Anzisha Prize is priceless.

Backing Youth Leadership With Anzisha Prize

With more programs like the Anzisha Prize in Africa, a lot is going to change. Consequently, youth leadership will be cultivated by being backed by all the skills and exposure needed to make the continent great. That is, when it comes to the availability of opportunities. Anzisha Prize looks to extend its horizon every year by seeing to it that there is more fellowship, more sponsors and partners to make the project a long-term success. Anzisha Prize believes that for the economy of the African continent to prosper, the youth has to be empowered.

The applications for 2019 Anzisha Prize are now on-going. Apply today and get a chance to share the goodies that come with the prize. In 2018, the winners went away with $100,000 cash. Why wait any longer? This is one of the programs that seek to promote youth empowerment, innovation and development in Africa.

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Samson Ogbole Takes Agriculture Innovation To Nigeria

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growing crops in the air

With a merger of technology and agriculture, Samson Ogbole aims for self-sustainability to cope with the shortage of farming land in Nigeria. He introduced the method of growing crops in air to Nigerian Agriculture.

As the population grows, the land required for farming food to keep up with the growth is falling short. According to the International Trade Administration of the United States, the farmland under cultivation is 38% of the area required for food production.

Ogbole devised a farming strategy that rules out the use of soil. This will help in overcoming of food shortage for his people. This unconventional method is known as Aeroponics i.e. growing crops in the air.

Samson Ogbole Makes The Case For Growing Food In The Air

Ogbole began working with soilless farming back in 2014. He later founded PS Neutraceuticals, a company that aims for food security by implementing technology in agriculture for efficient food production. The process incorporates substitutes for soil and uses fertilizers for plant growth. According to Ogbole, one of the many advantages of this process is that “we can grow crops any time of the year.”

Without the use of soil, the pathogens residing in the soil can also be eliminated. So, this method also reduces the harm to production significantly. According to Ogbole, only 46% of the soil in Nigeria is fertile for crop growth. In an interview to CNN, he stated his belief that the “war of the future will be fought through agriculture.” Hence the role of technology in agriculture has become even more indispensable. The agricultural technology paves way for food production throughout the year independent of seasons. He intends to introduce smart sensor technologies in order to receive feedback from the production.

Ogbole always wanted to be a doctor when he was little. But now he aims to have a high level of food production for his nation, Nigeria. His goal is to eventually bring the idea forth to the world.

'The future of the economy is dependent on the few people who have bright ideas that can think outside the box for us to latch on. Money does not solve problems, ideas solve problems.' - Samson Ogbole Click To Tweet

Ogbole is now devising campaigns that encourage the youth to take interest in agriculture since he is of the view that “people will always eat.” Food, being the prime need of life, will definitely never go out of trend.

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