Meet This 26-Year-Old Boy, Silas Adekunle The World’s Highest Paid Robotics Engineer: VIDEO



In recent time, Nigeria has been seen as home to many talented people in the world as her citizens have proven themselves in almost every field in the world. Silas Adekunle is a top robotics engineer in the world. He built a gaming machine that became a worldwide sensation and made $7.5m (N2,715,825,000) within weeks of its launch.

The 26-year-old young man is a co-founder and CEO of Reach Robotics makers of Mekamon robots for which he signed an exclusive distribution deal with Apple in November 2017. The quality of his robots and their ability to show emotion with subtly-calibrated movements made the tech giant priced his four-legged “battle-bots” at $300. Apple also has them on display in nearly all of its stores in the United States and Britain.

Nigerian-born Silas Adekunle is one of the world’s highest-paid robotics engineer. Photo: Reach Robotics Source: UGC Reach Robotics describes its Mekamon as a “battlebot” that uses augmented reality technology to allow gamers and robotics enthusiasts alike to play around with the device in both the real and virtual world. You can control it with a smartphone or tablet as they are compatible with both iOS and Android supported devices.

Reach Robotics co-founders: John Rees, Silas Adekunle, and Chris Beck. Photo: Reach Robotics Source: UGC In 2013, Adekunle met Christopher Beck, co-founder, and CTO of Reach Robotics, who was studying for his Ph.D. in computer science. He also met John Rees, a robotics expert, and engineering consultant. The three of them partnered and co-founded Reach Robotics in 2013. They started by working with Adekunle’s robot prototype and developed it into MekaMon over the next few years.

Adekunle was born in Nigeria but had little exposure to technology until his family moved to the UK when he was 11 years old. He built his first robot at the age of nine while still in Lagos Nigeria. His father was a chemistry teacher and mum a medical nurse back in Nigeria. He holds a bachelor’s degree in robotics from the University of the West of England Adekunle in 2018, made it to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for European Technology. In 2019, he was also named by Forbes Africa as 30under30 in technology in Africa.

He was also recently named one of the top 10 people under 35 changing the world for better by The Guardian in the UK.