We are excited to share with you that Nigerian genius Jelani Aliyu who hails from Sokoto State is the creative mind behind the Chevrolet Volt. This is another confirmation that Nigerians are amazing and super intelligent.
Jelani is the Senior Creative Designer of the US General Motors. He designed the Chevrolet Volt which has become one of the most admired American cars globally.
He attended Capital School, Sokoto from 1971 to 1978. In 1978, he gained admission into Federal Government College, Sokoto, and graduated in 1983 with an award as best in Technical Drawing. Aliyu went to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for his A-levels. He later dropped out and enrolled in the Birnin Kebbi Polythechnic in Kebbi state, where he graduated as the best all-round student and earned a degree in Architecture.
Like every genius, Aliyu wanted to learn more so in 1990, he went ahead to study Transportation Design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. He was able to further his education in Detroit on a Sokoto state government scholarship and he graduated in 1994.
He worked at the GM Tech Center for 3 years until when he sent to Germany on an international assignment at Opel which lasted for about 2 years. After his assignment in Germany, Aliyu returned to the GM Tech Center, this was the point in his career where he came up with the design for the Chevrolet Volt Electric Car: a prototype vehicle that was is not only GM’s pride but also has a significant importance in terms of championing eco-system conservation.
The magnitude of the imagination that Jelani Aliyu placed in this car design cannot be appreciated enough. As attested by the magnificent appearance, speed and performance of this car.
He was recently appointed by President Buhari as the director-general of the Nigerian Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC).
Few professionals can say that they lived up to their fascinating childhood dreams and fantasy, but Mr. Aliyu seems to be one of the very few.