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Kelvin Odartei: This Ghana’s Creative Genius Built His Own Car At 14



Kelvin Odartei’s mother was opposed to him walking around picking up empty containers and scrap metals to build small vehicles for exhibitions when he was younger.

“I was trying to stop him because I don’t want my son to be a nomad,” Abigail Perbi explained. However, a few years later, Kelvin has produced his own stylish sports car, dubbed “Kelvinsuik-2020,” to the delight of many, and Perbi is now proud of her son’s accomplishment.

The 18-year-old Chantan M/A Basic School student in Accra, Ghana, who recently completed his Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), rose to prominence after videos of him driving to school in his Lamborghini-like car on the last day of his BECE exams went viral on social media.

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Kelvin and his mom in his stylish sports car, which he calls “Kelvinsuik-2020”


The young creative genius stated that he began building the car when he was only 14 years old.


“I saw a moving plane pass by and something told me to build a plane, so I started building an aeroplane the next day.” It got to the point where I couldn’t fly the plane the way I wanted to, so I decided to build a car.

“Then I began building a car for exhibitions, to show to people, and one day I got friends who are very excited about it, and they came part so we could all work together.” So, for one thing, I started working on this massive project one day.”

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Patrick Yaw Adjei, his teacher, has been nothing but encouraging and supportive.

“I’d say Kelvin is the type of student who is very…

I mean, he’s always eager to take advantage of any opportunity that comes his way. When you give him something to do, he wants to do it very well, if not exceptionally well.”

And so, even when faced with difficulties, a young Kelvin never gave up on his dream.

“I learned how to build the car on my own, and if I run into any problems, I go to one of my friends for help and to learn the functions and names of the other car parts,” he explained.


Kelvin has been calling on government and private entities to support him to build more cars


Adjei, who has been calling on the government and private sector to support Kelvin, believes it is past time for schools to prioritize practical knowledge over theoretical knowledge, particularly in skill-based subjects.

“Most of the time, we train these kids in school, they do very well and they write their BECE and their WASSCE, they do very well, but we are not able to develop them on the ground,” he said.

“We’ve always wanted our children to be doctors. We always want our children to be lawyers or accountants, but after seeing what this boy has produced, I can see that he has a very bright future, which is why I want to encourage everyone out there.”

Kelvin’s mother couldn’t be more certain. “For the time being, his father has died, and we face numerous challenges, but God is in control.” It is indeed God. My ambition is for him to become a massive engineer.”

“My future plans are to build a car and manufacture cars in Ghana and around the world,” Kelvin said.





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