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Smooth Clothes without Worrying About NEPA & Power Cuts! Nigerian Ayokunle Adeniran Invents the Gas-Powered Pressing Iron



IMG_7139[1]A few weeks ago, the Internet was buzzing with photos of what was tagged the ‘Nepaless Iron’. It was very intriguing, and as you can imagine, we wanted to get in behind the story.

The ‘Nepaless Iron’ is actually called the ‘Iron Rhino’ and is the innovative brain child of a Nigerian Engineer, Ayokunle Adeniran. A graduate of Covenant University, ‘Sean’ as he is fondly called by his friends, works as a mechanical design engineer in the United States, and has found a way around having to wait for the ‘NEPA’ before getting nicely pressed outfits.

The Iron Rhino is a gas powered device which is portable and easy to use. BellaNaija, in a chat with Ayokunle, finds out about te inspiration behind the invention, and how soon we should expect to see the product on our shelves.

Please tell us about yourself
As a kid I spent most of my growing up years in Ekiti and Ondo states. Later on during my teenage years, I moved to Lagos where I attended secondary school. I love to play soccer, video games and hangout with friends. My favorite games are Fifa, Call of duty and ping pong on Nintendo Wii. I love social networking, most times I’m on instagram liking posts and drawing positive inspirations where possible. In 2004, I gained admission to studied Mechanical Engineering at Covenant University, I graduated in 2009. All through my childhood days, I was always passionate about engineering and creativity, I made my own toys from materials around the house. I remember the period after completion of my secondary school, I started making toy cars which I sold to kids in my neighborhood.

What do you do?
Presently, I’m a Mechanical design engineer in United states. I’m experienced in design of elevator components and recently moved towards consumer products.

Can you describe an average day in your life?
An average day in my life consists of me waking up at 6:45am, doing my morning essentials and heading to work by 7:45am. I work from 8:00am to 4:30pm and head back home, then I pick up personal projects from 5:30pm till 8:30pm. After that, I watch T.V. shows which I mostly sleep off on while watching.

Tell us about the Iron Rhino
The Iron Rhino is a product I designed in response to the inability of people to iron their clothes due to electrical power outages. It is a butane gas powered pressing iron, meaning it does not require electricity to function. It looks very similar to and functions like existing electric irons. The butane comes in canisters that retail for about N120 and can last for 1 week usage at 20 minutes daily ironing.IMG_6908[1]

What inspired you to create the Iron Rhino?
My inspiration came from disappointment. One day, I needed to meet up with my dad at the airport, and the clothing I wanted to wear was rumpled, I was unhappy and had to wear something else. This disappointment brought about the spark of creativity in my head so I decided to proceed with the idea of having an alternative source of powering clothes iron

How long did it take for you to complete the first prototype?
It took about 2 years to complete the first prototype during which the patent had to be filed and the processing took about 4 years.

How user friendly would you say the Iron Rhino is?
Rhino is very user friendly because the design was built around user ergonomics, while safety was not compromised. The iron functions at most habitable environmental conditions making it very reliable.

IMG_6911[1]The Iron Rhino is going to be powered by little gas canisters. Can you tell us about the accessibility of these canisters to the consumer?
The canisters presently are being manufactured by a Chinese company, but provisions are being made to have them produced locally by a Nigerian company. The projected production rate is calculated to serve all functioning irons abundantly, also a recycling process of the canisters will mean users can get discounts on recycled canisters.

Are the canisters going to be locally produced?
Yes, eventually in future.

What would you say is your biggest challenge as an inventor
My biggest challenge as an inventor is funding of projects as we all know research and development process is often very expensive.


Do you have an idea of how much each Iron Rhino will retail at?
With the present low volume production rate, it is projected to retail for N5,000 per piece, but in future with higher production rate, prices will drop based on economies of scale.

What’s the most exciting part of this project so far?
The most exciting part of this project is the reception it got from people. I’d like to appreciate all those who shared the posts and created awareness of it.


So what is the next step for the Iron Rhino now?
The next step is fund raising through for #IronRhino mass production. With mass production, the retail prices will be lower and will be affordable for most people.

Thank you very much for sharing your story with us, Ayokunle. We really wish you the best with the project and we can’t wait to see it in its final roll out stage.


  1. Debs

    July 2, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Yaay!! Go sean

    • Wale

      July 2, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Dude is fiiiiiine!

  2. ss

    July 2, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Wow Great invention!!
    Hottie alert wink*

  3. sussy

    July 2, 2015 at 6:48 am

    My fellow Eagle I see you, wonderful innovation, the sky is just your starting point, keep soaring…

  4. Andrew

    July 2, 2015 at 6:49 am

    This guy is the real celebrity but i doubt this post will get as much comments as if it were some other Nigerian celebrity. Well done Sean

  5. mama nony

    July 2, 2015 at 6:54 am

    This is a Nigerian youth doing us proud on his way to the top using his brain to solve a problem and creating wealth. Not those people who they give oil blocks too. Hhmmm

  6. Maggie

    July 2, 2015 at 7:09 am

    I so much like this. Great invention from a naija youth. Kudos dear.

  7. Que

    July 2, 2015 at 7:17 am

    Pls can we buy the limited production pieces anywhere now?? BN pls help with answer…. its a serious matter. Thanks.

    • Meka

      July 2, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      There is a link that directs to where Sean is raising funds. There you can pre-order

    • Ayokunle Adeniran

      July 2, 2015 at 12:09 pm

      Yes you can buy by visiting and searching for #IronRhino or #NepalessIron

    • olu

      July 2, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      More grease to your elbow man …really proud of you. what state are you in the US?

    • Kaemi

      July 3, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      I’ve been to the site and typed in the tags but I’m not getting any search results

  8. Yu! Signature

    July 2, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Nice invention, thumbs up

    visit yusignature.dotcom for nice naija tee shirts

  9. Tosin

    July 2, 2015 at 7:33 am

    I just want to say ‘shout out Ekiti kete’ and ‘shout out to engineers’ 🙂
    i don’t iron so i don’t know what he’s talking about, but yaaay for makers making stuff.

    • Californiabawlar

      July 2, 2015 at 10:52 am

      Gbosa for Ekiti! Gbosa for Akure! Gbosa for Engineers!

      Tosin so you be Ekiti kete? Gbowo e! Plus me sef no dey iron o…At least we sabi book ?

    • olu

      July 2, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      Another proud Ekiti-kete right hurrrr 🙂

    • Tosin

      July 2, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      yaaaaay, group hugggg

  10. aida

    July 2, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Wow……cant wait

  11. Special_☝

    July 2, 2015 at 7:42 am

    In the words of Pastor Chris to be a success in life “you have to look out for a human need and reach out to meet it” and that is what this man has done. Well done.

  12. mrs chidukane

    July 2, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Baby, you don blow like Timaya oh! This na serious millionaire things. Congrats. Necessity is the mother of invention afterall.

  13. Alert!

    July 2, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Wow! I’m impressed! Well done Ayokunle. I surely will patronise

  14. Very proud

    July 2, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Very proud son!! Keep up the good work.. smart and handsome… the way to go.. Good luck for all.

  15. Naked

    July 2, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Great innovation! I hope the cabals will not start gas subsidy and scarcity to stop nigerians from using this innovative piece.

  16. Chiemeka Ugo

    July 2, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Wow this right here is the definition of what our generation should be known for and not only wanting to be a musician or carrying drugs. This dude has written his name in the book of life and can never be forgotten generations to come. He needs all the recognition desirable. This is an innovative innovation.

  17. Kiki

    July 2, 2015 at 8:32 am

    good work, shall we say renovation rather than invention. Gasoline irons have existed since the 1930’s. I like the revamp. I wouldn’t mind using one of these.

  18. Cynthia

    July 2, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Can you describe an average day in your life?
    An average day in my life consists of me waking up at 6:45am, doing my morning essentials and heading to work by 7:45am. I work from 8:00am to 4:30pm and head back home, then I pick up personal projects from 5:30pm till 8:30pm. After that, I watch T.V. shows which I mostly sleep off on while watching.

    Ladies! he is single.>>>>>…..stalking begins

  19. Ewa

    July 2, 2015 at 8:35 am

    I’m impressed. Great work Ayokunle.

  20. Ross

    July 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Fantastic!! I’m standing in queue to buy mine the second it comes out. Necessity is really the mother of all invention (as long as you can get out of Nigeria sha so they don’t kill your dream or innovation by shouting: won’t you marry?)

  21. Dr. N

    July 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Schooled in Nig pple. Let’s not give up yet. We have human capital
    Good one

  22. NG

    July 2, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Well done guy! Unfortunately, so many others like him are out there with ideas that can change society but lack opportunity. No doubt his present environment would have contributed in unleashing his potentials.

    Change mantra must involve enabling environment for ideas to translate to practical reality. We have celebrated good ideas resulting even to prototypes by our citizens but where are those people with their ideas today? Visit our higher institutions and research institutes and see ideas that have not translated to any meaningful usage. Cry the beloved country when your leaders play politics all day/year round while brains of ‘saviours’ atrophy with their ideas for lack of basic infrastructures and support.

  23. tosin

    July 2, 2015 at 9:21 am

    fine boy with brain….

  24. Ochigbo Mathias

    July 2, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Great innovation. Congratulations to my fellow Nigerian. I am a laundry owner in Gwagwalada, Abuja , Nigeria. This invention can be very useful to the laundry industry in Nigeria due to the epileptic power supply and high cost of diesel. Pls how can we take advantage of this new product?

  25. amy

    July 2, 2015 at 9:23 am

    Brilliant ideas..

  26. Paloma

    July 2, 2015 at 9:36 am

    wow! i’m impressed beauty&brain 😉

  27. shady

    July 2, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Wow so proud of him. I went to secondary school with her sis bukky adeniran. To see a boy who grew up in a Akure doing good makes me happy. Way to go buddy .

  28. oreke

    July 2, 2015 at 9:53 am

    @cynthia.. lwkmd

  29. Priscy

    July 2, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Great Idea brought to life
    God bless your handwork dear

    BN, is he single?

  30. Okechukwu Ofili

    July 2, 2015 at 9:53 am

    SWAG! Engineers rock!

    • TA

      July 2, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      @ Ofili. Long time no see you on BN. Howdy?

  31. Ibukun

    July 2, 2015 at 9:57 am

    He is smart nd cute. Who knows this guy? am interested biko in his brain nd everythang.

    • Ayokunle Adeniran

      July 2, 2015 at 12:11 pm

      follow him on instagram @seanmessagez

    • Omolola

      July 2, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      We shall follow…..hehehehe

  32. Belios

    July 2, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Wow this is really great. Keep souring Sean… this is thinking outside the box o. Good start.

  33. Ibinabo

    July 2, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Well done dear, and why are you so cute and smart? not fair nau.. pls, get my email from BN and do the needful.. lol, but seriously contact me

    • Uche, face your work

      July 2, 2015 at 1:11 pm

      Bcos he resides in the States abi?
      All dose braine fine boy wey no get car wey dey always stop you for abule egba, okokomaiko, ojuelegba and inside molue nko?

      make dose ones too contact you?

    • Ibinabo

      July 2, 2015 at 2:42 pm

      lol… Uche, abeg face your work

  34. Corolla

    July 2, 2015 at 11:18 am


  35. Nne

    July 2, 2015 at 11:25 am

    those lips…whew! what did he say he is inventing again?

  36. ItIsI

    July 2, 2015 at 11:47 am


    • Ayokunle Adeniran

      July 6, 2015 at 11:12 pm

      Thanks and good question. The canisters are well shielded from the “HAZ” heat affected zones. Also the canisters are adequate ventilated. The volume of the canister is just 60 grams so little it can’t cause a dangerous explosion that can hurt the user.

    • Ayokunle Adeniran

      July 6, 2015 at 11:15 pm

      Adequately Ventilated* Excuse my typo.

  37. Daisy

    July 2, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Hebron Eagles: Making us proud since 2006.

  38. A

    July 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Impressive.. very impressive!!! More power to your elbow.

  39. edie

    July 2, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    awesome.. more elbow grease

  40. Winning Winnie

    July 2, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Nice one, congratulations brother….. But there is a spirit in man and the inspiration of The Almighty giveth him understanding Job 32:8

  41. Tunmi

    July 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    BNers are funny, in a good way. Nigerians are too, equal opportunity toasting. The best part of this is that “provisions are being made to have them produced locally by a Nigerian company”—local production, baby!!!!!

  42. Tobi

    July 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    This is good, this is very good. All the best to the inventor.

  43. Adedoyin

    July 2, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    Wonderful innovation. It will help a lot of businesses that have ironing in their production line. Thumbs up

  44. Adedoyin

    July 2, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    And thank God it’s patented already!

  45. Hilda

    July 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Mr Adeniran: How can I contact you please?
    I may have an investor who can provide the full amount needed.
    Thank you

  46. Ifunanya

    July 2, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    hahahahahaha…..make I no choke on top this juice biko. Chai! you know

    • Ifunanya

      July 2, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      comment meant for @Uche face your work

  47. Blackbeauty

    July 2, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Well done bro. More grease to your elbows.

  48. Bertilla

    July 2, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Thumbs up to you (Ayokunle), it is hrt warming to see young people invest their time and energy into positive ventures. I share your passion.

  49. Asheazi

    July 2, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    Good work. Wonderful

  50. Mabel

    July 2, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Women will soon be lining up hoping for a different kind of pressing from him, definitely a cutie. Anywho, loves it, loves the Nigerian brain that is forever creating.

    Will there be a solar option coming forward?

  51. TA

    July 2, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Yay. ? Great job Ayokunle. I HATE ironing but will buy the Nepaless iron to support and also just in case I might need it someday. ? BN, well done on this post. These are the sort of positive messages about Nigerians doing great things from all over the world,we need to be reading about. Please chill on all the Bruce Jenner,gay people posts. Some of us don’t care ?
    BN please where is this week’s post on ‘class of 2015?

    • Atoke

      July 2, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      Lol we have not received any submissions oh. I have been scouting the grounds of the Internet for my class of 2015 geeks o.

      Where are our geeks????

    • Anon

      July 3, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Hi Atoke, how can I go about submissions, I konw a geek who just graduated 🙂

  52. Angiee

    July 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Hahahahahaha, BNER ladies will not kill me biko. Like seriously! I think what you all should know is that these kind of guys do not need lazy and dumb brains around them. So before requesting for his contact, step up your creative & intellectual mentality. Wonderful invention you ve got there jare, more power to your elbow.

  53. Agatha

    July 2, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    This is great, fantastic actually….as an upcoming designer, this is very, very good news. God Bless your hustle and labour Adekunle, Kudos to you!!!

  54. ba

    July 2, 2015 at 11:07 pm

    Blessed be God our Father who has backed up the word he sent through his prophet bishop David Oyedepo. It is so good to see this happen now and especially to see a Nigerian from a Nigerian university provide a solution to a problem that so affects the entire nation. Great thing again that funds are raised thorough a Nigerian crowd funding platform. We are in deed the change we want to see. To other Eagles around the world, God through his servant declared that we are world changers and by his mercies his word will not go unfulfilled in our lives. Nigerian youths around the world – we are all world changers- dream big, work hard at it and let’s remember to do it all for the love of the nation. God bless Nigeria.

  55. fleur

    July 3, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Interesting concept. What about ambient temperature for storage and potential for smoking to trigger an explosion?

  56. annie Mbz

    July 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

    God bless you for using what he gave you to solve problem… go sean!!! norin do u bros, am PLOUD of u. wink

  57. Rosemary

    July 3, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Nice impressed.The iron will be a blessing to many of us in naija…Weldone

  58. Sunshine

    July 3, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Happy for you but those chinese are notoroius fo copy cat . They wil steal and produce them en mass and sell to the public at a price cheaper than N5000.Wish you well, proud of you and job well done.

  59. Ideal idara

    July 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Present your idea on Inventhelp; they may be able to help will funding.

  60. jude

    July 4, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Awaiting ur product so dat me and my Ibo brothers will commence our own production may be in Ghana and Leave Nigeria for u

  61. Hafiz Adewuyi

    July 4, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    So when are we expecting to see this on the shelves. I did not happen upon that information in the article, even though the introduction mentioned that that was one of the things you were going to find out in the interview 🙁

  62. truftalks

    July 5, 2015 at 6:05 am

    I see a few problems.
    1)There’s SOLAR energy in 2015
    2)There’s GENERATORS
    3)People who care about RUMPLED CLOTHES Have a solar conductor, a rechargable power lamp or a DRYCLEANER.
    4)People who have a cell phone/laptop or understanding of the concept of a CrowdFunding Website DO NOT require a Butane Iron. They have generators or Drycleaners.
    5)Attempting to realistically raise 20 Million on Crowd funding is also ridiculous.
    6) If someone invents a DRY ICE CALABASH to make WATER COLD in 2015, Is the Calabash a good invention???? (Dry Ice can freeze off a finger, Just as Butane Irons can burn your clothes and your whole house.) Butane is the liquid in CIGARETTE LIGHTERs.

    Rumpled SHIRT vs BURNT HOUSE. You decide.

    • Ayokunle Adeniran

      July 6, 2015 at 11:22 pm

      Just as fire burns in your car engine to make it drive using petrol, same fire burns in airplanes engines using aerokero to make them fly. I believe you still trust these vehicles to get you around safely. Same way the gas iron will serve you safely.

    • Kay

      May 28, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Well, if only the tailors in Nigeria buy one, he’ll break even. As a designer developing a mass producing firm, I need like 4. And as much a pple have dry cleaners, they still need irons for emergencies.
      As regards safety. I’m sure the technology he invented has been tried and proven to be safe.

  63. Speco

    July 2, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Sound mind, good passion, great strategy, good innovation, excellent invention. Thank u.


    July 4, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Exceptional! Great masterpiece! Keep the ball rolling! More grace to function!

  65. Lolo

    July 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Great invention, can hardly wait to grab my piece.
    I celebrate you…

  66. my Name is Abraham

    October 3, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Excellent. I think getting the once available to consumers to purchase will help raise fund. Then using the profit and the capital to produce more. Rome was not built in a day, success does not come over night. it comes over time.

  67. Kolawole

    October 3, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Really Enriching invention! Personally I have a phobia for rumpled clothes & always make it a routine to look neat on my clothes. Find myself in a sudden scenario with all my clothes washed, not rumpled to wear, due to lack of power supply to use my iron. I thought of d idea of finding a way to iron my clothes without pressing iron, & decided ‘stupidly’ to google search it. Then, I stumbled upon this post, amazingly it was a Nigerian like myself who got it right! Kudos Ay! There’s greatness inbuilt io the Nigerian Blood! To you O Nigerian, You are wonderfully & fearfully made!

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