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US: Nigerian tech guru, Odaibo, mysteriously dies in sleep after winning $125m contract

A NIGERIAN engineer, David Gbodi Odaibo, has reportedly died in his sleep a week after winning a $125 million (N68,750,000,000) government contract in the United States.

Odaibo, 42, had a Ph.D in Computer Engineering, and had attained the level of a Kaggle Grandmaster, the highest attainable skill level in practical Machine Learning.

He lived in Hoover, Alabama in the United States, where he was a graduate student of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Breaking the news in a post on LinkedIn, his brother, CEO of Retina-AI Health Incorporation, Stephen Odaibo, stated: “My brother, David Gbodi Odaibo, passed away yesterday. My heart is broken. He had a cardiac arrhythmia/heart attack in his sleep. He was fully vaccinated and did not have Covid. He and I were so close. He was only 42.

“David was kind, gentle, brilliant, and humble.

“The algorithm he wrote for automatically detecting threats at Airports just won a $125 Million contract from Department of Homeland security about 1 wk ago. His code beat out companies backed by Billions of dollars. So, in the future when you safely fly the skies, please remember my brother David.

“Our hearts are broken. My poor parents, his wife, and two young children. His 4 siblings. We are devastated.

“David and I were tremendously aligned in our interests and would often talk for hours. Our connection was rare and precious. We ended phone conversations with “love you”.

“Hug your loved ones and tell them you love them.

He added that, “Though there may be sorrow in the night, joy comes in the morning. I’m comforted that David is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

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