- Ibrahim Sumaila is the founder of Ibrahim Spider, a venture that builds bikes from discarded scrap metals
- Born and raised in a deprived home, he discovered he could build cars using empty cans at age 10
- Despite the financial limitations, Sumaila is making strides in the Ghana automobile industry
- Sumaila has a quest to help persons living with disabilities with his domestic-made bikes
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Despite being born and raised in a financially deprived home, Ibrahim Sumaila has risen to become the founder of Ibrahim Spider, building bikes that run on oil mixed with gasoline.
His small venture aims to solve a social problem for persons living with physical disabilities.
As a child, Sumaila had always wanted to be part of the people providing solutions in Ghana's automobile industry.
Discovering his talent
Born and raised in Tema in the Greater Accra Region, he discovered he could build cars and other electronic gadgets at age 10.
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Through constant practice at the Akodzo Junior High School, where he received his early education, Sumaila moulded his talent to the admiration of his teachers.
But it was at the Don Bosco Vocational Training School that he finally settled on a career path.
Building the bikes
At 38, Sumaila has defeated impediments and is building bicycles and motorbikes propelled by two-stroke engines that use oil mixed with gasoline or petrol. He uses scrap metals in moulding the bikes, he said.
He told YEN.com.gh that he wants to expand the business to train more people in the craft because he has a quest to transfer his talent to others.
Sumaila further mentioned that this passion drives him towards achieving his goals.
''I need advanced tools to work. Also, I need an investor to finance the expansion of the business because I need a workshop to train people.
''I just love the work, and I want to use my talent to help other people, particularly people living with disabilities,'' he told YEN.com.gh in a recent phone interview.
Sumaila runs his business at Ashaiman, where he also builds camera dollies. He shared photos and a video of his designs with YEN.com.gh.
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Gh Man Behind the Snack Brand Sparkxx Foods & Beverages
In another success story, Derrick Yiiyi Annoh, a Ghanaian entrepreneur and business owner, is the brain behind the popular snack brand, Sparkxx Foods & Beverages, a company that produces flavoured packaged chips.
Annoh's quest to leave a legacy and memorial in the sands of time stoked his passion to start his business from his mother's kitchen with a team of trusted friends.
Though he had mouthwatering offers after graduating with a degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana, he turned down the offers to start small in 2017, he said. And gradually made his way up to success.
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