As a young man, he was employed by the Centre for National Culture in Accra where he was working as crafts artist. There, he developed his engineering skills and started building professional drums that he went on to export to Europe and the United States. In 2007, Ibrahim was told by a friend that a famous bicycle engineer from California named Craig Calfee and two scientists, were travelling to Ghana to do feasibility studies on bamboo. Without hesitation, Ibrahim eagerly sent an e-mail to Calfee who, impressed by the young man’s straightforwardness and kindness, suggested meeting the very next day. After welcoming the visitors in their hotel in Accra, Ibrahim was briefed on the details of the team’s project. Striking everyone with his enthusiasm and knowledge, Ibrahim was asked to bring the researchers to a nearby forest to look at bamboo the next day. Two weeks later, the team left Accra and promised to stay in touch with the Ghanaian. The American bicycle engineer kept his word and less than six months later, presented Ibrahim a partnership agreement. For the next three years, whilst still working at the art centre, Ibrahim received training in bamboo bike frame engineering. Every three months or so, Calfee tripped down to Accra to teach and guide Ibrahim trough the fulfilling of his new ambition. After three years of hard work, Ibrahim sent his custom built bamboo frame to a technical proof laboratory in Germany and passed the test. For him, this marked a new beginning: "I started dreaming that my bamboo bikes could eventually be mass-produced and consequently help protect the African environment and create jobs in the process." Consequently, Ibrahim signed a two-year contract with Calfee Designs and started supplying the company with his handmade creations. At the end of the agreement Ibrahim was ready to start his own entrepreneurial challenge. He founded his own company, Africa Items, set up his own modest manufacturing plant, and started shipping his frames around Ghana and abroad. With the realization of this dream, Ibrahim's hard work and perseverance finally paid off.
Today, Ibrahim continues to vigorously expand his business and now produces up to 15 bike frames per month. He happily shares his engineering expertise with many others, teaches bike frame manufacturing to teenagers, and promotes the use of bicycles across Accra. He continues to passionately pursue his dream and is still very good friends with Calfee.