Kantanka Onantefo I is a four wheel drive manufactured manually and wholly in Ghana by Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, The Star of Africa, in the year 2006.
It is the second vehicle locally manufactured by him after his saloon car ( which was manufactured in 1998). It also the first four wheel drive manufactured by him.
Like all his cars, the entire body and diesel engine of Kantanka Onantefo were developed by him in Ghana using local materials. Enjoy the video
Kantanka Onantefo I is a four-wheel drive manufactured manually and wholly in Ghana by Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, The Star of Africa, in the year 2006.
It is the second vehicle locally manufactured by him after his saloon car ( which was manufactured in 1998). It also the first four-wheel drive manufactured by him.
Like all his cars, the entire body and diesel engine of Kantanka Onantefo I were developed by him in Ghana using local materials.
The public display of this exquisite five-seater 4*4 re-echoed to the world that the African is capable. The sparkling dark green vehicle was driven across the venue field amidst cheers, applauds and salutes from the amazed crowd.
Let’s quickly add that the Kantanka Onantefo I, on myriad occasions, has been driven on the Accra-Cape Coast road. The high speed and ease of negotiating the curve at the Winneba roundabout attracted the attention of passers-by. They could not hide their enthusiasm when they found out that the car was made in Ghana by the Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo. The vehicle is currently being used by the Apostle and his workers for their day to day activities; from Accra to Takoradi, Accra to Kumasi, Accra to Suyani, within the Accra Metropolitan Area etc.
It is worthy to know that neither the glittering appearance of the 4×4 nor the precision of its components was attained overnight. It took the enduring but conscious effort of the African Star, as well as his team of workers at the Apostle Safo Suaye Technology Research Centre (Gomoa Mpota, Central Region, Ghana) to produce such quality results. For months, the workers undertook the project tirelessly.
The Star of Africa himself was on his feet during the entire working periods, offering physical and knowledge support day and night (through rain and broad daylight). Like most of the machines he has manufactured, he first drew the design of the vehicle on paper and specified the measurements needed to achieve the results he expects.
He then proceeded to impact the knowledge onto his workers and guided them to transcribe the paper work into the gorgeous Kantanka Onantefo I. He pledged to make a next Kantanka vehicle after this.
According to Him, the aim of all these is to show the capabilities of the African and redeem the continent from economic bondage. “The mind of the Black man is at its peak, not dead.” Apostle Dr. Safo explains “I came to redeem you (Africans) from slavery.
When Jesus Christ came to the world, he rescued people from their troubles. When Moses came, he rescued the Israelites. So anyone who calls himself man of God redeems people from distress, he does not burden them. Poverty exists, but if you make a conscious effort you will overpower it… I am still the Star of Africa. Whatever we have to do to bridge the gap (developmental gap), so far as I am alive, we will do exactly that.”
As part of the gap bridging process, the vehicle was strategically manufactured to provide it with a competitive advantage when it emerges on the market and wrestles with the existing vehicles. The constituents of the vehicle were carefully developed to enable the vehicle last longer. This would give the consumer value for his/her money and also prevent the emergence of claims that African cars do not last.
Another ingenuity to note about the Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo is the way he develops his engines. He combines sea shells and husk of palm fruits together with other stuff and technically processed them into metals. The metals are then heated for them to melt. The liquid is then poured into moulds he has designed and covered with sand. Upon cooling, the shape of an engine is obtained and it is then shaped further to meet standards. Obtaining metals from renewable sources, what a magnificent invention! Undoubtedly, He really is the Star of Africa.
The chassis of Kantanka Onantefo I is made of galvanized metals. The dashboard facing the entire passenger compartment is nothing short of spectacular. It’s made of wood and artistically ravaged with Formica to give it a sleek standard touch. The front row seats are extra comfy to relax the driver on a hectic journey.
The African Star’s genius also offers the most quality of audio entertainment through the speakers. It is virtually a “Pleasure Jet” and driving or not, one would love to be in the confines of this vehicle.
No wonder many of the invited guests had hard times parting with it. Justice P.K Gyaesayor of the Fast Track High Court for instance remarked “I will be the first to sit in this car… I am really interested …” The Judge backed this with a smile of approval.
Another inspiring attribute of this Man of God is his open acceptance of positive contemporary themes such as Women Empowerment. A great percentage of women are involved especially in the making of this four-wheel drive. The grille for instance was the exclusive craftsmanship of a young woman.
Many people get overwhelmed upon seeing the amazing works of the African Star for they had previously thought that those things are seen only in imaginary or fiction movies. Neil McCarthy, a correspondent from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), exclaimed “James Bond Stuff…” upon eye witnessing Apostle Dr. Safo’s inventions.
True indeed, he is right. Turn the car keys to ignite the Kantanka 4×4 and you will be surprised to hear in Twi, a local Ghanaian dialect, the car speaking!!!
It will voice out “Please, I wish to inform you that the vehicle in which you are seated was made by Odeneho Nana Safo Kantanka, Africa’s hope. Please, have you checked the vehicle water, oil, brake fluid, tyres…If all your answers are yes then I remind you once again, Odeneho Nana Safo Kantanka made this car. May God see you through, Thank You.”
How many cars have voice prompts on road safety and wish you well for the day? Only Kantanka vehicles have this privilege and they’re right here in Africa. What more could define classic value for your money?
In reverse gear, the car has another voice prompt. Many witnesses to the voice message have applauded in laughter. The vehicle, set with a comforting female voice, notifies upon reverse to pedestrians “Please stand aside, I am coming backwards. I’m coming backwards, don’t you hear? Think not of insurance but stand aside”. This is a humorous and safer relief to pedestrians than the noisy horns of cars that have left some unfortunately deaf.
The Minister of Finance at then, Hon. Kwadwo Baah Wiredu called on the Apostle in his Gomoa Mpota residence of operation. The minister personally sat in the Kantanka 4×4 and took it for a spin. Upon return, he alighted with a smile and shook the Apostle’s hand firmly. He had come to believe in the African Star! He wasn’t the only one interested in seeing the Apostle’s works.
From time to time, private individuals and visitors from religious organizations, NGOs, schools and other major institutions go to witness the African revolution at Apostle Safo’s Centre. The taking of videos and photographs with mobile phones to cheers and being proud as Africans ,are some of the scenes that characterise the atmosphere of these visits to the centre.
Among the dignitaries who went to see and appreciate Kantanka Onantefo I are the following people and these are what they had to say about it (comments):
“…It’s going to CHALLENGE the existing vehicles. We probably think that we have seen the best of Four-wheel drives! This is a good entrepreneurial venture. We are convinced at what he is doing. HE is somebody who has foresight; He is somebody who has VISION. What you (Apostle) are doing now is what happened in Europe some years back. That is why they have the so-called urge over us. If we had people like you then, probably we would not be where we are today; but there is still hope. We have started. We need more people like you and people like you have to be encouraged. With the proper encouragement, the sky is the limit. There is NOTHING we can’t do” —Andy Ojei (Managing Director, Zenith Bank Ghana Ltd)
“ When I saw the car, I was not surprised because I knew Apostle could do it.…I used to say nothing surprises me very much about the Apostle but today, let me say, he has re-assured my faith in him and exceeded expectations. People should come and see this!! It (Kantanka 4×4 and its components) was not imported from anywhere. I saw him start from the scratch right here, and He has finished the manufacturing here too” —Dr. Sobotie (Principal of University of Education Winneba, Kumasi Campus, Ghana)
“Why is it that when our fellow African is doing such great things, he receives no Government Support? Apostle is doing all this with his own mind and financial strength. It will benefit us all after all…” ——Justice Gyaesayor (Fast Track High Court Judge, Ghana)
Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, Africa is truly proud of you.