Silas Adekunle is no doubt a good ambassador of Nigeria. Having being announced as the highest paid robotic engineer in the world, he has since become a subject of discussion in and outside the shores of the country. The British-Nigerian is undoubtedly a pride everyone want to associate with.
A glimpse into Silas Adekunle’s background
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, Adekunle studied in Nigeria before relocating to the UK as a teenager.
After completing his secondary school education, Adekunle proceeded to the University of the West of England where he graduated with a First Class in Robotics. In 2013, he founded Reach Robotics and developed a lot of experience on robotics within a space of four years.
Amongst the many recognitions he got, Adekunle was named “Someone to Watch in 2018” by the Black Hedge Fund Group.
Adekunle is currently the founder and CEO of Reach Robotics, a company developing the world’s first gaming robots.
Adekunle subsequently 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).
The programme encouraged him to develop robotics to make education more entertaining for STEM students.
The 26-year-old is now the highest paid in the field of robotic engineering, after being credited for building the world’s first gaming robot. Adekunle was able to achieve this feat after signing a mouth-watering deal with Apple Inc.
In 2017, he released the world’s first gaming robot, Mekamon, with the special ability to customise the gaming bot to perform personalised functions.
The initial launch of Mekamon sold 500 bots, generating $7.5 million.
Following this feat, he received support from various organisations including London Venture Partners ($10 million) and Reach Robotics signed a deal with Apple, securing exclusive sales in Apple stores.
Impressed his robots’ ability to show emotion with subtly-calibrated movements, 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.