A talented young inventor from Togo is gaining recognition for his homemade 4X4 car, crafted primarily from recycled materials.
Sourou-Edjareyo Malazouwe, a 25-year-old self-taught engineer with a deep passion for sports cars, decided to build his own when he couldn't afford to purchase one.
In 2016, after completing secondary school, he began his own business selling and repairing mobile phones and computers, which provided him with the funds to embark on the car project.
Around a year ago, work began in his workshop located in the Forever district of the capital, Lomé, and the first model has been successfully driven on the road. Malazouwe has named his creation the 'RAF-X Raptor,' a clever reference to his own nickname, Raouf.
He used many recycled parts for the car, supplemented by some new components. Malazouwe explained that the parts are sourced from various places, such as Titan buses, motorcycles, and cars. He has been resourceful in obtaining materials from different sources.
Malazouwe's achievement has garnered admiration from many, resulting in several orders for similar cars. However, he has not yet responded to these requests as he is currently focused on resolving issues in his garage. His future plans include constructing another vehicle.
Togo takes great pride in his accomplishments. In May, he had the opportunity to meet with Prime Minister Victoire Tomégah-Dogbé Dogbé, who later expressed her amazement and appreciation for his ingenuity. She conveyed the government's commitment to supporting Malazouwe and underlined her administration's dedication to nurturing the immense potential of the nation's youth.