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Ndubuisi Ekekwe: A Nigerian Tech Whiz with an Eye for Africa’s Ecosystem

Ndubuisi Ekekwe is a Nigerian engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur who has significantly contributed to technology and innovation. Over the years, Ndubuisi has become a household name in the global tech industry, because of his work in microelectronics and interest in developing Africa’s tech ecosystem. Ndubuisi is a diehard optimist who believes that “it is hard to lose hope in anything.”

Ndubuisi’s exploits started as a secondary school student in a Technical school. Upon graduation, Ndubuisi established a record by obtaining eight distinctions. He moved on to the Federal University of Technology, Owerri(FUTO). At FUTO, he graduated as the best student in his Electrical Engineering class. 

The engineer holds two doctoral and four master’s degrees. These include an MTech from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, a Ms from Tuskegee University, USA and an MBA from the University of Calabar. He also obtained two Doctorates in Management from St. Clements University and Electrical & Computer Engineering where he specialised in Microelectronics & Medical Robotics Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, USA. 

Achievements

Prof Ndubuisi Ekekwe is a unique tech genius with several amazing world-class inventions. First, Ndubuisi owns a U.S. patent in robotics which the U.S. government acquired assignee rights in 2017. He later moved on to work for Analog Devices Corp, where he led the team responsible for the development of the company’s first wafer-level chip-scale package product, an accelerometer for the iPhone. 

Ekekwe is the founder of the innovation hub Zenvus and Medcera. Zenvus uses sensors and data analytics to help farmers improve their crop yields. It has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as one of the top 10 most innovative startups in Africa. While Medcera is a web-based EMR (electronic medical record) and EHR (electronic health record) system with a patient portal. 

Ekekwe is a prolific writer who authored the book “Nanotechnology and Microelectronics: Global Diffusion, Economics and Policy,” which examines the economic and policy implications of the global diffusion of nanotechnology and microelectronics. His articles have also been published in numerous publications, including the Harvard Business Review and the Wall Street Journal. He has also been a keynote speaker at many prestigious conferences and events, including the MIT Emerging Technologies Conference and the World Economic Forum.  He is the Lead Faculty of the Tekedia Institute Mini MBA program.

Ndubuisi who believes “a life without values is lifeless” is a recipient of the IGI Global “Book of the Year” award, a TED Fellow, an IBM Global Entrepreneur and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. He was also recognized by The Guardian as one of 60 Nigerians Making “Nigerian Live Matter” on Nigeria’s 60th Independence Day.

How does Zenvus and Medcera work? 

Zenvus is a digital holding company that owns properties in agriculture, healthcare and other domains. It is an intelligent solution for farms which uses proprietary electronic sensors to collect soil data like moisture, nutrients, pH, etc. It also uses GSM, satellite or Wifi to send data to a cloud server. Ndubuisi’s company uses server algorithms to analyse data and advice farmers on farming processes. 

In healthcare, Medcera makes software that helps doctors, nurses, labs, imaging centers, insurance, patients and other players operate seamlessly. They are the first company in the world that created access to medical record agnostic of location and hospital chain. Their motivation is that no patient should be treated without access to his or her medical records. Ndubuisi’s belief in “focusing on doing things not many people do” is the secret of his success.

His contributions to the development of Africa’s tech ecosystem

Ndubuisi established the African Institution of Technology, a non-profit organisation, while a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University. The institute is dedicated to promoting technology innovation and education in Africa. The institution provides training and mentorship to African innovators and entrepreneurs and promotes research and development of new technologies in the region.

He also founded FASMICRO Group which now controls businesses in microelectronics (fasmicro.com), big data & cybersecurity (milonics.com), real estate and IT. Dr Ekekwe is also a selection board member of the $100 Million Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program.

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