Mustapha Abubakar Gajibo, a 31-year-old entrepreneur, converted petrol-powered minibuses into solar-powered electric vehicles in Borno state.

He established his company, Phoenix Renewable Energy, and began building electric vehicles in 2017.

Gajibo's motivation was to address the high cost of living and environmental concerns caused by fossil-powered vehicles.

He dropped out of university to pursue his dream of building electric vehicles.

Overcoming challenges including material sourcing and funding, he gained recognition and experience.

Gajibo now designs and manufactures vehicles in his new workshop in Abuja.

His electric vehicle model is designed for short-range urban mass transit, with a capacity of seven seats.

The vehicle covers a distance of 210 kilometers on a single charge and offers battery swapping for quicker charging.

Gajibo's company has been contacted by interested parties from countries including Ghana, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal, and Guinea Bissau.

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