Meet Silas Adekunle, the Nigerian Robotics Engineer and Creator on MekaMon, the World’s First Intelligent Gaming Robot
As many African countries are catching up with the technological advancement of developed nations, Nigerian-born Silas Adekunle is taking over the robotics world with a groundbreaking innovation.
Silas Adekunle is a Nigerian inventor technology entrepreneur. He was born and had some of his education in Nigeria before relocating to the United Kingdom. Subsequently after his secondary school education, he went ahead and earned a first class degree in Robotics from the university of the West of England.
He is the co-founder of Reach Robotics an augmented reality gaming company that creates robots for gaming and STEM education. The aim of the company is to infuse gaming and augmented reality to perform functions.
In 2017, Adekunle innovated Mekamon the first world’s gaming robot and a part of its unique feature is the ability to customize the gaming bot to perform personalized functions. Despite being hit by disbelief when he was seeking funds, his initial launch of MekaMon sold 500 bits, generating $7.5 million. Little wonder why he mentioned in an interview that the secrets to his success are “Perseverance, balance, shared ideas, time management and being one’s self”
Adekunle has partnered with Apple, signing an exclusive distribution deal to sell his product in both the Unites States and Britain. In 2018, he was named in the Financial Times’ list of the ‘Top 100 minority ethnic leaders in technology.’
It is his lifelong goal “to inspire many Nigerians at home to also make it in the tech industry”
Adekunle has now become the highest paid robotics engineer in the world and has also been described as the smartest robotics engineer in the world. He continues to be a creative technological innovator and an inspiration to African youths.