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Meet Silas Adekunle: Nigerian & Builder of World’s first Gaming Robots



Meet Silas Adekunle: Nigerian, builder of world's first Gaming RobotsSilas Adekunle is the founder and CEO of Reach Robotics, a company that has developed the world’s first gaming robots.

Silas was born and grew up in Nigeria before moving to the UK with his family when he was 11.

Silas graduated from the University of the West of England, Bristol, with a first class degree in Robotics.

The gaming robots called MekaMonsters, are multi-functional connected battle bots with augmented reality capabilities.

Silas told his alma mater he got the idea to build the robots while studying there, teaching maths and science in local schools on the university’s partnership scheme.

He noticed the students didn’t really like studying science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) subjects. Many schoolchildren didn’t plan on pursuing careers in these areas. So Silas decided to try and bring them on board by teaching robotics.

“Robotics ties in many aspects of STEM, and who doesn’t like robots?” he said.

Meet Silas Adekunle: Nigerian, builder of world's first Gaming Robots

Photo Credit: Twitter – @yblnigeria, @dgpilot


  1. truth

    July 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    No offense, but Nigeria only claim the good things another country has instilled in a child. I believe from now on, if a child leaves nigeria before completing their highschool or even college and does something great, they shouldn’t be branded as naija made, but Naija inspired. Just my thoughts, because another country fed and nurtured those talents that would have been backhanded and forgotten by nigerian educational system.

    • Iya ibeji

      July 13, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      True but this should also apply when its negative. If this guy had committed a crime, he becomes both Nigerian made and inspired and the British becomes silent.
      Eventually, its really up to the individual to decide, some wants to be associated with Nigeria while others don’t. All we can do is respect that.

    • Iya ibeji

      July 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm


  2. chi

    July 13, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    wow? incredible.

  3. omalicha

    July 13, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    In my opinion, the guy already had this talent inside of him regardless of his location. There are many untapped resources in Nigeria. The earlier the country stablizes enough to harness these talents from the minds of young people financially, technologically and otherwise, the better Nigeria will be. Enough of our smart minds using their talents to develop the economy of others. The amount of skilled Nigerian professionals in diaspora enriching the GDP of countries as UK, US and others makes my heart bleed. Wish their skills could be targeted towards the development of their own country.
    At last, no one is to be blamed cos everyone’s looking for comfort and environments where their skills and talents can shine through. I really hope Nigeria gets there someday

  4. Josephine

    July 13, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    So inspiring

  5. labi francis

    July 13, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Awesome. Good work

  6. Omoté

    July 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Silas was born and grew up in Nigeria before moving to the UK with his family at age 11……that’s àll I need to know, an enabling environment for a brilliant mind.

  7. Tej

    July 13, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    My school! Awesome . UWE Bristol is the place to be.

    • Naya

      July 13, 2017 at 9:55 pm

      Yes it is! I miss my days at Wallscourt Park!

  8. Lacey

    July 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Kudos Silas!!! The truth is that the west always wants the best minds in their environment !!! Imagine the US Embassy in Nigeria recruiting our 1st class graduates for PhD in the US!!!! All expense paid!!! Do you think successful candidates will want to move back to Nigeria!No, because they would have been brainwashed about Africa!!!

    They will end up as top scientists, giving all their help developing the US!!!
    Africans be wise and develop your continent!!! The likes of GE are not here to help you!!! Shell built the Netherlands with our funds, until Africans/Nigerians decide to do right for themselves, the west will keep scamming us.

  9. Olu

    July 13, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Weldone Dotun! Super proud of you!!!

  10. zzzzzzzzzzz

    July 14, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Just wonder when we would have a home grown Nigerian, living in Nigeria doing exploits and not those in the diaspora. Just goes to show that something is really wrong, somewhere

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