25-year-old Jerry Isaac Mallo has unveiled the first made in Nigeria carbon fiber sports car which he named “Bennie Purrie.”
Jerry Isaac Mallo, who is a Fabrication Engineer and CEO of Bennie Technologies LTD, launched his Nigerian made sports car at Transcorp Hilton in Abuja, on Thursday, November 28, 2019.
Speaking on Channels TV on Friday, Mallo who was born in Jos, Plateau State, stated that he was inspired to create the sports car because Nigeria and Africa is a very big market for luxury vehicles.
“In Europe, we learnt that making the car is just half of the challenge, and selling it is the other half; Africa is usually is the target place to sell these vehicles, so I feel there’s a big market for it here,” Mallo stated.
He also noted that the continent has all the required resources and raw materials used in manufacturing the products, sadly, the vehicles are rarely made in Africa, hence, the reason he thought to fill the void.
— Jerry Mallo (@jerry_mallo) November 29, 2019
Mallo said there are a lot of hand-skilled individuals in Nigeria who are wasting away because the nation tends to favours the theoretical more than the practical.
The young engineer said that the present government of Plateau state under the ruling of Simon Lalong has been supportive, adding that he was the chief guest at the launching of the sports car.
Mallo is the face of MSME in Nigeria and winner of the 2017 National MSME AWARDS. Lalong sustains his vow to make Plateau State a production centre where the economy is driven by entrepreneurship not reliance on government.
— Government of Plateau State (@PlStateGovt) November 28, 2019
He also stated that the government has been key to his success, stressing that the state has helped with publicity for his engineering firm.
According to him, it was the Plateau State government that organised the unveiling of Bennie Purrie.
— Adam Mó (@adamm_mo) November 29, 2019
What makes his innovation, Bennie Purrie, special, according to the fabricator, is that it is from fibres that break like bottles on impact.
That is unlike aluminum or galvanized sheet where people are mashed in during accidents. With four radiators, the car’s cooling system gives comfort regardless of whatever temperature.
On marketing, people who love his sport car may have to wait for two more years when the fabricator will be ready to create one fit for public use.