September 21, 2021


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A week after he won a $125 million US government contract, Nigerian tech expert dies in his sleep aged 42

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The sad demise of one computer guru, David Gbodi Odaibo has been announced on Linkedln by his brother.

The late David reportedly died in his sleep seven days after earning a $125 million (roughly N69 billion) US government contract.

His brother and CEO of Retina-AI Health Incorporation, Mr. Stephen Odaibo revealed that he died from a cardiac arrhythmia/heart attack at the age of 42.

He added that his family has been heartbroken by the death. It was also revealed that David built an algorithm for remotely detecting threats at airports before he died, and it fetched him a $125 million contract from the Department of Homeland Security, beating off stiff competition from other firms with billions of dollars

He wrote;

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.

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.

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.

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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