Throwback: Nigerian Who Solved a 30-Year Mathematical Problem in Japan, Now Makes Electric Cars for Nissan. Ufot Ekon, a Nigerian national announced himself to the world when he broke a 30-year-old jinx in Japan. Then a student at the Tokai University, Tokyo, he solved a mathematical problem that has proven difficult for many mathematicians for over three decades
His achievement earned numerous national awards in Japan and went on to become the best graduating student in the history of the university. Ekong now produces electric vehicles with Nissan in Japan
As of January 2023, Ekong has gone on to have two patented products, including an electric car he built himself.
Ekong holds a master’s degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and a doctorate in Power Electronics and Motor drives. Both of these degrees are from Tokai University where he has the highest score in the institution’s 81 years of existence.