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FUL Alumnus Among the Team that Developed Omeife, Africa's First Humanoid Robot


An Alumnus of the Federal University Lokoja (FUL), Mr. Philip Adetunji, who graduated in 2019 from the Department of Computer Science, was among the team that developed the newly launched Africa's first humanoid robot, Omeife, designed to boost Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technological development in Nigeria and the continent. 

Omeife is with near-human resemblance, language competency, movement, navigation, and behavioral intelligence using AI and computer vision capabilities.

According to Mr. Chucks Ekwueme, the CEO of Uniccon Group of Companies that developed the widely celebrated innovation (robot), who spoke during the unveiling ceremony by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday in Abuja, Omeife can speak different languages, which include: English, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, French, Arabic, Kiswahili, Pidgin, Wazobia and Afrikaans, adding that Africa has been recognised for its contribution to the global tech ecosystem.

It might interest you to know that Mr. Adetunji works with Uniccon Group as a Data Scientist. His undergraduate project (B.Sc) with the topic "A Face Recognition System for Attendance Record in a Nigerian University" was published in the Journal of Scientific Research and Development 19(2). 

Adetunji's undergraduate project was ably supervised by one of FUL's foremost scholars and digital don, Dr. Emeka Ogbuju, who was recently appointed by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) as a member of its technical expert group to develop a National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Policy for Nigeria. 

This development, no doubt, is a testament to AI feats in the Department of Computer Science, Federal University Lokoja.

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