Renowned scientist and inventor, Dr. Ezekiel Izuogu, Z-600 car inventor, is dead

Imo state mourns a renowned scientist and inventor, Dr. Ezekiel Izuogu of Akokwa clan in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State.

He was known as the African foremost car inventor and manufacturer and he died on Saturday after a brief illness according to family report.

In 1997, the brilliant lecturer at the Federal polytechnic Nekede designed and developed the Izuogu Z-600, the first African indigenous manufactured car.

The car was described by the BBC as “the African dream machine as 90% of its parts were sourced locally. At a projected sales cost of $2000, it would have taken the world by storm and become the cheapest and most affordable car on earth.

“With mass production planned under Izogu Motors plant in Naze Owerri, Imo state the prospects of an industrial revolution in Igbo land and Nigeria, was in the making.”

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