The robots I designed could transform education and security in Nigeria — 18-year-old Ayomide Adekunle

Ayomide Adekunle is an 18-year-old 100-level Animal Production and Health student at Ladoke Akintola University (LAUTECH) who invented a robot called G-Robot and a drone called G-Drone. In this interview with ADEWUNMI ADEDAYO, he talks about how he got started, the usefulness of both technologies and how they can help the nation.

Ayomide Adekunle started as a kid who liked to take things apart and make other things out of them like toy cars and others. He started building drones and robots when he was in high school (SSS 1).

He believes that if the westerners can do it, so can he.

He said: “I always tell myself that the white men who design electronic products don’t have two heads; it’s something I can do.”

Although he is 18 years old, Adekunle has created drones and robots that, if used properly, can make a positive contribution to the nation.

Born and raised in Nigeria, as a young individual, Adekunle was always diligent and enthusiastic about technology. He started making drones and robots from waste materials such as speakers, LED lights, leather, batteries, wires, IC and readily available materials.

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He is convinced that robot and drone technologies are the future. This is because both technologies are used to educate students in the classrooms in terms of robots and the drone, a security tracker, designed to combat insecurity in Nigeria.

He named the robot he built G-Robot and named the drone G-Drone.

He said: “G-Robot is a prototype educational robot that I built that can help classroom teachers to teach students. It has great features that allow students to interact and it will respond to the questions asked.

“The reason I built this robot is that many advanced countries have started using robots in the classroom to teach students and I think Nigeria should not be missing from this robotics education.”

As for the drone, he said: “I also built a drone called G-Drone. It is a prototype security tracker drone designed to combat insecurity in Nigeria. At this stage it is still a prototype.”

He added: “I am convinced that the future of work is robotics. Robots will be used in almost all areas of human activities such as health, safety and in other aspects. The same goes for drone technology; drone technology will revolutionize our security industry forever.”

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Adekunle said the progress of both technologies is limited and therefore they are prototypes.

He added that the biggest challenge he faces is finances. According to him, this is because some parts need to be bought for the robot and drone in order for them to be perfect.

Speaking about how both technologies can help Nigeria, he said that the education robot has great potential to transform the education sector in Nigeria. This is because the robots make students eager to learn.

He added: “G-Robot will make Nigeria a country to compete globally in robotics education.”

According to Ayomide, the G-Drone is also one of the best ways to combat insecurity in the country.

When he’s not creating more technology, he’s debating, in front of his mirror or people.

Adekunle said: “Besides building robots, I like debating. I’m a good debater. Sometimes I stand in front of my mirror when I’m less busy and start debating like I’m in front of an audience. I’m crazy on debates and participate in a lot of debate competitions.”

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Speaking of other plans to further develop himself, he said he would like to attend a robotics school, the SQI College of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) in Ogbomoso, Oyo State. However, due to the financial status of his parents, he was unable to do so.

According to Adekunle, the technologies he designed are still prototypes of the real technologies, but if supported, they will transcend from the prototypes to real technologies.

Other technologies he has developed, in addition to robots and drones, are toy cars, mini ATMs, mini grinders, and much more.

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