Hello good people of Nigeria and welcome to our Rebrand Nigeria Ambassadors Series for today!
What would you say, if you were told that the highest paid robotics engineer in the world who has also been described as the smartest robotics engineer in the world is a Nigerian?
Meet Silas Adekunle, the co-founder and CEO of Reach Robotics, a reality gaming company that creates robots for both fun and STEM education and the creator of the the world’s first gaming robot.
Adekunle was born in Nigeria, and then moved to the UK at the age of 11. He studied robotics at the University of West England where he graduated in 2014 with first class Honors. He is currently located at the Bristol Robotics Lab which is a top robotics research center in the United Kingdom.
He cofounded Reach Robotics in 2013 while still a student of the University of West England. He gained experience on robotics and became a team leader of Robotics In Schools programme, a programme which encourages and pays attention to students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). It was during his involvement in the programme that he thought of developing robotics to make education more entertaining for STEM students.
His gaming robot, the MekaMon which he developed in 2017, is a four-legged multi-functional robot—which is controlled by a smartphone app and is designed for single player mode or real-life Mek to Mek battling . Adekunle’s initial launch of Mekamon sold 500 bots, generating $7.5 million.
As a result of this milestone success, Adekunle received support from various organizations including London Venture Partners $10 million (N360 million) and in that same year, Reach Robotics signed a deal with Apple securing exclusive sales in Apple stores.
Mekamon is the world’s first premium gaming robot, and first to ever to be sold through Apple
In recognition of his works, he was named in The UK’s top 100 black and minority ethnic leaders in technology in 2018 and was also listed in the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology.
Nigerians are indeed great people.
This campaign is powered by the Ugwumba Center for Leadership Development in Africa.