Engineering awards: Nigerian innovator makes UK list for Africa Prize

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

Finalists for this year’s edition emerged from Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda; each of which is home to a previous Africa Prize winner.

Details of the shortlisting by the UK Academy was contained in a statement by the Account Executive (Digital), Proof Communication Africa, Sphe Mbuso Nzama, on behalf of The Royal Academy of Engineering.

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.”

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

Drivers can save up to 60 per cent in operational costs, including gas or petrol, and 90 per cent in maintenance costs. Eze’s company also trains technicians in the use of the kit. The Revive Kit includes lithium-ion batteries, an AC induction motor, a retrofit shaft, and an electronic controller, which acts as the inverter. It also includes a vehicle-to-home power adapter. 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.