Ibitoye Olajide Micheal, a graduate of Plant science from Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) has singlehandedly built a sports car for himself. In an exclusive interview with BBC pidgin, the man said that he is from Orin Ekiti in Ekiti state.
He had his secondary school education at the Polytechnic High School in Ibadan. He said he would have wanted to study mechanical engineering at the Olabisi Onabanjo University but he was denied admission on two different occasions.
When his admission finally came, he was given plant science instead. The young man said he started building the car during his final year.
With a strong passion for machines, he decided that his first car will be the one built with his hands. On speaking about his challenges as an engineer, he said: “The first one is money, I couldn’t get sponsors, the second is tools and the third is people perspective, what they say about the project but I didn’t allow those things to weigh me down.”
The man revealed that he spent a total number of four years to conclude the project. During his National Youth Service Crops programme, he was able to save 80% of his allowance to fund car production.