Nigerian dies a week after winning $125 million contract in US

Jesusegun Alagbe

David Odaibo, a Nigerian computer engineer living in the United States, is dead, a week after winning a $125 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security for building a programme to detect threats at airports.

Odaibo died on Saturday, his brother, Stephen, disclosed on social media.

Stephen, who is the CEO & Founder of RETINA-AI Health, Inc, according to his LinkedIn profile, wrote, “My brother, David Gbodi Odaibo, passed away yesterday (Saturday).

“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.

“He had a PhD in Computer Engineering and was a Kaggle Grandmaster, the highest attainable skill level in practical Machine Learning. He introduced me to AI (Artificial Intelligence).

“The algorithm he wrote for automatically detecting threats at airports just won a $125 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security about one week 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.”

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Stephen said the deceased was survived by his wife and two children.

“Our hearts are broken. My poor parents, his wife and two young children. His four 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,’” Stephen wrote.

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