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Meet Ayokunle Adeniran, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Covenant University. He also happens to be the inventor of an iron that doesn’t use electricity! According to, Adeniran has always been known by his colleagues to be very inventive and enterprising. As a student he did everything from building prototype cars to helping students repair gadgets and even designing and selling lecture notebooks to pay for his tuition and other educational requirements. One alumnus who graduated in 2009 said, “There were festive periods (even Christmas) where he would remain in school, working, thinking and innovating also dreaming. He didn’t have access to some of the basic luxuries most students had such as even a family to go home to during the holidays, so he would just do what he knows best: create.” Over the years, he has not lost his passion for creating, designing and engineering with a hope to make life easier for a people desperately in need of solutions. His latest invention, the “NEPA-less” iron has been receiving well-deserved press lately considering its relevance in today’s Nigerian society. The device is a pressing iron that does not operate with electricity. Instead, it makes use of cooking (butane) gas cartridges which will retail for about N120 per canister. There are 6 canisters per cartridge; one cartridge is said to last for about 2 weeks’ worth of daily ironing, or 40 pieces of clothing. A crowdfunding campaign, with a target of N20 million, appears to have been set up to make mass production possible. However, as of this publication, the campaign seems to be on hold, or suspended, for unclear reasons. A working prototype of the Nepa-less iron does exist, although it is bulky. It is yet to be mass produced.     Photo Credit:

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This article was first published on 17th June 2015


Ify Halim is a Writer and media enthusiast based in Lagos. She enjoys writing self-help/inspirational articles with published work in UYD Magazine, Edufrica, Our Stories Inc. and The Keele Concourse. She currently works at, Nigeria’s Information Portal. Follow her on Twitter @MissHalim or visit her online space at

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