Adekunle May Already Be World’s Wealthiest Robotics Engineer
A 26-year-old Nigerian man, credited for building the world’s first gaming robot, may well become the highest paid robotic engineer in the world. Silas Adekunle signed a deal with one of the world’s most reputable software manufacturers, Apple Inc., to sell gaming robots exclusively in its stores.
Named as “Someone to Watch in 2018” by the Black Hedge Fund Group, according to reports by thebossnewspapers.com, Adekunle is founder and CEO of Reach Robotics, the company developing the world’s first gaming robots. He graduated with a degree in robotics from the University of the West of England, and now is capitalizing on four years of experience in building them.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Adekunle studied in Nigeria before relocating to the UK as a teenager to attend high school and college. In 2013, he founded Reach Robotics and developed the gaming robot as part of a program to help students learn robotics.
Adekunle was a team leader of the “Robotics In Schools” program, which encourages students in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) areas. He developed a system to make robotics education more entertaining for STEM students through gaming. In 2017, he released MekaMon, the world’s first gaming robot, which could be customized to do personalized functions. He sold 500 bots in the launch, generating $7.5 million, according to The Guardian.
London Venture Partners invested $10 million in the company, which it expects to achieve explosive sales this year.
Recently celebrated in the “2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe: Technology” list, Adekunle said the secrets to his success are “balance, shared ideas, time management and being oneself.”
Mildred Taylor wrote the story about Adekunle for face2faceafrica.com