People Thought I Was Mad: Young Nigerian Man Who Built Sports Car Prototype in Enugu Speaks in Video

People Thought I Was Mad: Young Nigerian Man Who Built Sports Car Prototype in Enugu Speaks in Video

  • A 21-year-old Nigerian man, Amalu Chikamso, without a university education has built a sports car running on an automatic engine
  • The brilliant man said people thought he was insane when he was going from one dustbin to another to search for waste materials for the vehicle
  • Chikamso revealed that he would like to get an education and know more about engineering systems

A young man who became popular online after building a sports car prototype has said that many people thought he was mad.

In an interview with BBC Pidgin, Amalu Chikamso said when he was building his first prototype, he was always going from one dump to another searching for materials. That made people question his sanity.

The man said people thought he was mad.
The man said that his father never supported him. Photo source: @bbcnewspidgin, @a.c.cwhizzy
Source: Instagram

I was searching dustbins

The man said he knows almost all the dustbins in Enugu state as he scoured them for scraps from morning till evening.

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The 21-year-old stated that he has been dreaming of building his first car since he was a child playing with plastics to make toy cars.

Chikamso added that whenever he was going to school, he would branch at a dumpsite to pick materials for his creation, adding that he never got any support.

The first engine knocked

As he grew older, he began dreaming of building something real. In 2013, he built a helicopter prototype.

When he first built his car, he placed a manual Gulf vehicle engine in it which later knocked. He could not replace it because there was no money.

Now running on an automatic engine, the man said he named it Gravity X as he made it in such a way that even in an accident, the car cannot summersault.

I still want to go to school

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Using 10 months to build the car, the young man stated that he was almost frustrated and wanted to discontinue the whole process.

He said he is still interested in going to school not to get a certificate but get more knowledge in mechanical engineering.

Watch his interview below:

Nigerians react

Below are some of the reactions to Chikamso's interview:

enjoyment_daddy1 said:

"Nigeria too get many talents but no sponsor."

ms__amarachi said:

"He’s so smart. He needs to enroll in an Engineering Institute.

generalstriker said:

"Saw him last year December at Yaba never had time to post his video."

fiifi_guidance said:

"Ooohhhh Africa.this guy is whole investment package but he can be a liability due to unsupported system for the visionaries."

Another Nigerian made sports car

Meanwhile, earlier reported that a young man, Ibitoye Olajide Micheal, singlehandedly made a sports car.

In an exclusive interview with, 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.

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He said he would have wanted to study mechanical engineering at the Olabisi Onabajo University but he was denied admission on two different occasions.


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