Jelani is the new head of Nigeria’s automotive council. Born in Nigeria in the city of Sokoto, he grew up with a passion for cars and design. He graduated from Federal Government College Sokoto in 1983 as the best student in Technical Drawing. He earned a degree in Architecture from Birnin Kebbi Polythecnic where he was awarded the best all-round student. the At some point he decided to pursue his passions by studying automotive design. Having searched around within Nigeria and Africa as a whole without finding institutions which offered programmes in this, he ventured further to the North American continent at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan.