When self-confessed daredevil, Kunle Adeyanju decided he was going to ride his bike from London to Lagos in a bid to raise money as well as awareness for Polio, it sounded like a mountain of a task.
Well, Adeyanju has already climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice and cycled from Lagos to Accra in a three day period. This was just going to be like any other long ride, the difference? He was going to be riding through countries.
His decision to take on this monumental trip was according to him, influenced by a childhood friend who suffered from polio. According to Adeyanju, who is also the president-elect of the Rotary Club of Ikoyi Metro,
“Polio is a personal thing for me.. as a boy, my best friend had polio and when we go swimming or play football, he could do none of those things. Sadly, my friend passed away some years back. If he hadn’t had polio, he probably will still be alive today.”
In 2020, the World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of wild polio virus but there are still some vaccine-derived cases in the country.
The successful ride to raise awareness over polio took Adeyanju 41 days to complete. From London to Lagos, he traveled 13,000 kilometers (8,080 miles) through 11 countries and 31 cities.
Speaking to CNN, he explained some of the scary moments during his journey. In Morocco, he had to ride through the most dangerous road in Africa. He explained,