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Engineering Awards: Nigerian Innovator, Chukwuemeka Eze Makes UK List for Africa Prize

Chukwuemeka Eze

The United Kingdom Royal Academy of Engineering has shortlisted Nigerian electrical engineer and innovator Chukwuemeka Eze for the 2023 Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

Finalists for this year’s edition came from Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, all of which had previously won the Africa Prize.

The UK Academy’s shortlisting was announced in a statement issued on behalf of The Royal Academy of Engineering by Sphe Mbuso Nzama, Account Executive (Digital), Proof Communication Africa.

Nzama said: “Other three finalists receiving £10,000 each, while two more Nigerians will be competing against each other and nine other innovators, including two Ghanaians for the public voted ‘One to Watch’ Award which carries a £5,000 cash prize.”

Nigerian electrical engineer Chukwuemeka Eze created the Revive Kit, a modular e-mobility service used to convert gas-powered three-wheeled scooters to run on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

Drivers can save up to 60% on operational expenditures, including gas or gasoline, and 90% on maintenance costs. Eze’s company also instructs technicians on how to use the kit. The Revive Kit comes with lithium-ion batteries, an AC induction motor, a retrofit shaft, and an electronic controller that serves as an inverter. It also comes with a car-to-home power adaptor.

The Africa Prize 2023 winner will be announced in Accra, Ghana on July 6, 2023.

The winner will be awarded the sum of £25,000.

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