What biking from London to Lagos taught me — Kunle Adeyanju

Nigerian biker Kunle Adeyanju, who embarked on an adventurous trip from London to Lagos for charity, has said the trip opened his eyes to the beauty of Africa.

Mr Adeyanju spoke about his adventure at a reception organised in his honour by the Ikeja Rotary Club District 9110.

An elated Adeyanju extolled the beauty, cultures and hospitality of Africa and urged Africans to write their stories themselves.

Adeyanju said there were lots of interesting discoveries as well as challenges everywhere during the 41-day bike ride from London to Lagos.

”Every day you ride, every kilometre is full of challenges. I have done close to 12,000 kms, 3, 000 kms was done in Europe, while the other 9,000 kilos were done in Africa.

“And these 9,000 kms took me not just to the capital, but took me to the villages, the towns, and the hinterland, the desolate place, the isolated area, the most inhospitable places.

“All through this journey through Africa, I discovered a true African story. I was able to communicate the message of polio to the people who were receptive towards me,” Adeyanju said.

He noted that it was fulfilling to see many people from across Africa accept the message to end polio in Africa.

He said that it was fearful beginning the journey because all the intelligent reports concerning the countries of Africa, which he was to pass through, were damning.

The biker, who is a rotarian, is the district governor-elect of the Ikoyi Rotary Club.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu expressed delight in the successful completion of the adventure from London to Lagos.

Represented by his senior special assistant on diaspora and foreign relations, Jermaine Sanwo-Olu, Mr Sanwo-Olu said the government was pleased to welcome Adeyanju to the state.