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Japanese Toyotas, German Mercedes and BMWs, GM cars and trucks from the USA are driven in countries around the world. But in Ghana an inventor and church leader who started out trying to make voice-controlled television sets is telling the auto giants to move over. Kwadwo Safo Kantanka – nicknamed the “Apostle” because he also runs a network of churches – has finally realised his dream of developing and marketing cars “Made in Ghana”. “It’s been in the pipeline since 1971,” Kwado Safo junior, one of the inventor’s sons, told AFP. “It started with the old man, so it’s been a long time coming.” Kantanka’s range of sports utility vehicles and pick-up trucks have got Ghana talking on social media, thanks in part to an advertising campaign using local movie and music stars. The sticker price of the vehicles run from $18,000 to $35,000 – out of range for most people in Ghana. But a cheaper saloon car is expected to go on sale next year.