Meet Jelani Aliyu, Nigerian genius who designed Chevrolet Volt (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Jelani Aliyu, hails from Sokoto State, Nigeria and is General Motors Lead Exterior Designer and the designer of the Chevy Volt. General Motors is the world’s largest automobile maker. The car has been described as an American Revolution and one of the hottest concepts in the design line.

Jelani was born in 1966 in Kaduna, to Alhaji Aliya Haidara and Sharifiya Hauwa’u Aliyu. The fifth of seven children, theirs is a very close-knit family. For him, it was an amazing experience growing up in Sokoto, surrounded by the rich culture of the people and the state and enjoying excellent access to the latest and international information.

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Meet Jelani Aliyu, Nigerian genius who designed Chevrolet Volt (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Meet Jelani Aliyu, Nigerian genius who designed Chevrolet Volt (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Meet Jelani Aliyu, Nigerian genius who designed Chevrolet Volt (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Meet Jelani Aliyu, Nigerian genius who designed Chevrolet Volt (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

From 1971 to 1978, he attended Capital School, Sokoto, an excellent school and this served as a very productive educational experience for him. In 1978, he gained admission into Federal Government College, Sokoto, from where he graduated in 1983 with an award as the best in Technical Drawing.

Jelani was privileged to meet and make many good friends from all parts of the country and beyond during this time. He had tremendous encouragement and mentoring from his family and friends and his creative art develop the ed. He drew a lot, designed his own cars, and even built scale models of them, complete with exteriors and interiors.

After FGC, he got admission into the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to study Architecture, but soon discovered that curriculum did not support his future vision and plans.

After considering other institutions in Nigeria and their academic programmes, he concluded that only one of them had the study criteria that would support his future goals. The institution in which he chose to pursue his education was one he felt offered the best creative programmes and had experience that would give him the best foundation required to study Automobile Design abroad. That institution was the Birnin Kebbi Polytechnic. He was there from 1986 to 1988 and earned an associate degree in Architecture, with an award as Best All-Round Student. While there, he did some in depth research into home design and construction, looking into materials and structures that would be most compatible with our environment and climate; buildings that would stay cool in a hot environment with little, or no artificial electrical air conditioning. Upon graduation from the polytechnic, Jelani worked for a while at the Ministry of Works, Sokoto.

In 1990, Aliyu moved to Detroit, Michigan to enroll at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit under a Sokoto Schorlarship board sponsorship. Having always wanted to study Automobile Design, this was a dream come true and an absolutely fascinating experience. The course was very practical and emphasis was put on creativity and the development of new designs to provide solutions . He received his degree in automobile design in 1994.

In 1994 he began his career with the design staff of General Motors. He worked on the Buick Rendezvous and was the lead exterior designer of the Pontiac G6. He also worked on the Astra with General Motors’ Opel Division.

With his brilliant work on the design of the Chevrolet Volt, which was unveiled in 2007, Jelani Aliyu is considered by many to be the super star of the General Motors renaissance.

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  1. Anonymous Reply

    GOD BE PRAISED FOR HIS MAGNIFICENT ENDOWMENT UPON YOUR LIFE.MY GREATER APPRECIATION TO THE GOVT OF SOKOTO STATE WHO SAW THE TALENT IN YOU AND DECIDED TO INVEST IN IT. MY ADVICE IS THAT YOU SHOULD TRY TO PUT A FOUNDATION IN PLACE THAT WOULD HELP IN DISCOVERING INDIGENT PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT THAT PRIVILEGED AND YET FULL OF WONDERFUL POTENTIALS.
    MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU.OLAGBAYI A, ERIC

  2. Anonymous Reply

    Jelani…
    Very interesting and wonderful achievement for an African.( NIGERIAN )
    Thanks to all GM management team for their support and encouragement.
    Engr Abubakar Sodangi
    From Damman. KSA

  3. Anonymous Reply

    I am inspired bcos I believe I can also too the same

  4. Anonymous Reply

    I think this is a big message., Jelani Aliyu is a person who love to see progression brought to our country., I’ve always wanted to be a creative thinker like him . Yet i discovered that his talent is beyond my thoughts. He’s naturally born to rule, born uptown ..! I’m indeed very inspired following his great speeches , #From one of your biggest fan in Abuja ,Nigeria

  5. Anonymous Reply

    Sokoto state has consistently helped her son’s n daughters through school abroad. God bless the government of sokoto state and God bless the people of sokoto state. Peace continue to reign in the state.

  6. Anonymous Reply

    It indeed a remarkable memorable achievement of this entity from Nigeria, Sokoto to be precise. If government from other states can avail their young zealous and talented citizens such opportunities, I believe Nigeria will be that great nation that our past and present as always wished. #Confidence

  7. Anonymous Reply

    Interesting

  8. Anonymous Reply

    Jelani Aliya, continue the good job keep your state, country, continent and the world proud. Hopefully this is a big eye opener for all to embrace!!

  9. Anonymous Reply

    we are proud of u jelani congratulation

  10. Anonymous Reply

    we are proud of you mr jelani.wish d best for you.

  11. Anonymous Reply

    Alhamdu lillaah! I am proud of Jelani. Not only seeing him as a Muslim and a Northerner but also as a Nigerian and African. May Allah continue to guide and protect him. @Abdullahi Aruwa.

  12. Anonymous Reply

    Assalamu’alaikum Mr. jelani Aliyu barka dayau, barka da warhaka, inamai Tatar kana lafiya amin.
    bayan haka nine alhaji, Musa y, Muhammed argungu kebbi state water board ina mai nuns murna da samun wannan mukami dakayi Allah ya Sanya alkairi amin. nine Wanda katuroma solar computer da kuma sauransu. kuma ina son nasamu phone number naka saboda wancen phone nawa ya bats amma ga number Na 08060492910 nagode sai naji Daga gareka . kuma dasauran abubuwanda KA aikomin dasu Ecosahel Global Ventures

  13. Anonymous Reply

    I am very happy to Jelani Aliyu living in Nigeria forts thanks

  14. Anonymous Reply

    Mr Aliyu Ajayi. If you can see my comments, I have some car designs u will really like. I designed them since when I was in the secondary school and till date, the design still bit so many designs I have been seeing. I hope u grant me the opportunity to forward them to you.

  15. Anonymous Reply

    Mr Aliyu Ajayi. If you can see my comments, I have some car designs u will really like. I designed them since when I was in the secondary school and till date, the design still bit so many designs I have been seeing. I hope u grant me the opportunity to forward them to you. My contact is 08100984866.


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