Public Agenda (Accra)

4 June 2012

Ghana: Creativity At Its Best?

Do you want your face to be customized on your car? Vota Vision Motors, a Tema Community 12- based car body designer firm, has the answer to your quest.

The company, owned by a Ghanaian, is manufacturing cars that bear the facial features of human beings. Upon request, a car owner can have his/her face customised for easy identification. Thus the owner of the car could be identified by the designed unique facial features.

The customised cars under the brand name Ama Ghana is, according to Public Agenda's research, the first ever face car manufactured in any part of the world, thus bringing to the fore the technological competence of Ghanaians.

Mr Christopher Mensah, Chief Executive officer of Vota Vision Motors, told Public Agenda in an interview that he intended to take his technological creativity beyond the borders of Ghana and Africa.

His decision is to make a strong case that Africans, when given the opportunity, can effectively compete with the western counterparts on the international market.

He was optimistic that in the near future,Ghana would become a shining example for the rest of Africa and the world in so far as he keeps alive his dream of putting on the world stage his handiwork of car fabrication and interior decoration as well as changing rubber bumpers to metal.

Mr Mensah opined that it was only science and technology that could transform Ghana into a buoyant economy, with its attendant job creation for the youth. He insisted that there was the need to invest in industry to make the youth employable in order to increase the country's productivity.

Asked why he decided to design a car with the facial features, the unique inventor noted, I'm doing this to beautify the street so that it will not be like an ordinary car but rather the person's image. So this introduction is a demonstration on our streets of what we can do. We have so far molded different designs but this is the first ever face car molded in Ghana, adding, I will do everything possible to sustain the work in order to put Ghana on top of the African technology.

The CEO appealed to government and other interested individuals to support his course in order to put Ghana at the pedestal of global technology.

Giving a background to his works, Mr Mensah told this paper that he started the design work in early 1990s at Ashaiman and later relocated to Tema where the company is currently situated. The company, he said, was registered in 2003 at the Registrar General's Department. So any person who wants to undergo apprenticeship?or have his or her car redesigned can contact me on 0546746565/0264746565 or Email: mensahchristopher99 @yahoo.com, he added.

Mr Karim Sulemana, a National Service Person, who saw one of the cars, noted: This should be more than good news for any serious nation bent on using technology to advance its development.We must find a way of encouraging the nation to take charge of this reality and develop it as a vital resource for our technological advancement. The role of the State is very crucial in this endeavour.

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