22-YEAR KWALE BOY EMPLOYED BY FINLAND COMPANY AFTER VIRAL SOCIAL MEDIA VIDEO
■ Ignatius Asabor, a 22-year boy from Utagba-Ogbe in Delta state is a genius that makes special drones using local materials.
Actually, Facebook is where Ignatius was first spotted by his new Finland-based employer, Radai, a company specializing in drone-based environmental and geophysical measurement services.
But the rest of the world woke up to Ignatius’s talent on TikTok and Instagram.
Meanwhile, the drone that caught Radai’s attention is a custom-made fixed-wing that can help local farmers with crop dusting and can also be helpful to firefighters.
Ignatius built the first prototype for this drone in 2019. He explains that he was contacted by the company’s managing director, Ari Saartenoja.
“He had seen my innovations on my Facebook page, and he was impressed with my skills and persistence to develop and innovate new things.”
“But soon we realized that it was highly difficult to train online. The main issues were bad internet connection and annoying electricity outages. So, after a few months of training, we decided it’s better for me to come to Finland and start training here,” Ignatius said.
After about a year of discussions and online meetings, Radai brought Ignatius onboard to begin his training.
“I built several prototypes and I was improving the quality of the system step by step. After several crashes, I finally managed to build my first working custom-made crop duster RC model. Many people in other countries offered support for my project, including Radai. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any support from Nigeria. Radai is the first company to offer me a work contract,” the Kwale-born genius added.
He was flown to Finland by the Finnish company and got employment with the same company.
The Finland-based company announced Asabor’s employment on LinkedIn.
Managing director Radai Limited, Ari Saartenoja, relished Asabor’s employment with his company.
Saartenoja posted the photograph of Asabor’s arrival to Oulu, Finland, and expressed optimism that the Nigerian will strengthen the survey operations of his team in the future.●