When it comes to science and technology, the general perception is that Africa and Nigeria in particular is way behind other developed countries who are believed to have already touched the sky. It is at a period like this that the likes of Silas Adekunle pose as a breath of fresh air.
Silas Adekunle is a young 26-year old Nigerian who is scaling heights in the technological realm, especially in the field of robotics. This genius was born in Lagos, Nigeria, where he was educated for a better part of his life. Upon finishing his secondary school education as a teenager, Silas relocated to UK and went on to study Robotics in he University of the West of England. He graduated with a first class degree from this prestigious university. After his graduation, Silas founded a technological company called Reach Robotics. The organisation established in 2013 specialised in fusing gaming and augmented reality to perform real world functions.
Willing to learn more about this science of robotics, the 26-year-old genius went to study more for four years. While learning and gaining more experience in his chosen field, Silas took up a leadership position as the team leader of Robotics In Schools programme which encourages and pays attention to students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Hence, he was also able to impact lives and develop younger, aspiring technologists via the means of this programme.
MekaMon was born in 2017 and asides many other advantages, the gaming bot has been built in a way that it can be customized to the users’ taste and made to perform several functions that are personal to them. Although many people were skeptical about Mekamon when it was launched, about 500 bots were eventually sold and this generated about $7.5 million. Given this great success, Silas Adekunle has gone on to garner the partnership and support of giant organisations like London Venture Partners who contributed N360 million to his project. Even more, his company, Reach Robotics, signed a deal with Apple securing exclusive sales in several Apple stores.
From a very humble beginning and grueling start, Silas has made quite a name for himself and he is now well recognized by a lot of individuals and bodies around the world. Not only was he acknowledged as someone to watch in 2018 by the Black Hedge Fund Group, he has also been listed in the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology.
Although the net worth of the genius is not known in figures, PlanetNews gathered that Adekunle is now the highest paid robotics engineer in the world. He has also been described as the smartest robotics engineer. He was able to achieve this milestone achievement after he signed a deal with Apple Inc. The company was awed by the quality of his robots and “their ability to show emotion with subtly-calibrated movements. So, Apple priced his four-legged “battle-bots” at $300 and has put them in nearly all of its stores in the United States and Britain.”
In an interview with Forbes, Silas shared how his passion to make learning more entertaining for kids stirred him to success: “Early customers skew towards male techies but a growing number of parents are buying the robots for their children to get them interested in STEM.” The inventive scientist who presently lives and learns at the Bristol Robotics Lab which is said to be the best robotics research centre in the UK said that the secret to his success are balance, sharing ideas, proper time management and being himself.