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Omeife, Africa’s first humanoid, is unveiled by Osinbajo in Abuja.

Yemi Osinbajo

Omeife, Africa’s first humanoid, was unveiled by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday in Abuja in an effort to advance technological advancement in Nigeria and across the continent using artificial intelligence (AI).

Isa Pantami, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, and Kashifu Inuwa, the Director-General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), both served as representatives for Mr. Osinbajo.

The Uniccon Group created the first African humanoid robot, Omeife.

Omeife is an AI-powered computer vision system with abilities similar to those of humans, including language proficiency, mobility, navigation, and behavioral intelligence.

The science fiction of the past is becoming a reality in today’s products and services, he said, adding that we are living in an exciting period of sophisticated technical growth.

Omeife, Africa's first humanoid, is unveiled by Osinbajo in Abuja.

In order to assure the Omeife project’s success and the development of new ones, Mr. Osinbajo stated that it was the federal government’s job to do so. He asked all stakeholders to work with him to do so.

Since humans made Omeife and other robots, he allayed concerns that technology or artificial intelligence will replace human jobs and cause people to lose their jobs.

At the occasion, Chucks Ekwueme, CEO of the Uniccon Group of Companies, remarked that Africa has received recognition for its contribution to the global ICT ecosystem.

Omeife can speak eight distinct languages, according to Mr. Ekwueme, including English, Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, French, Arabic, Kiswahili, Pidgin, Wazobia, and Afrikaans.

He said that the six-foot-tall female African humanoid is a multifunctional and support robot that offers language as a service to enterprises who need to include native African audiences.

“We are pleased to contribute to helping businesses and individuals across Africa realize their full potential by facilitating access to the most cutting-edge efficiency technologies.

It recognizes and tags people using their faces and facial expressions, paying attention to a particular object as necessary.

He explained, “It recognizes items, understands their features, and also determines positions and distances of objects it sees.”

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