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Kunle Adeyanju: Meet the Man Riding Bike from London to Lagos

Kunle Adeyanju, a London-based Nigerian, left London on April 19, 2022, and embarked on a road trip to Lagos on his bike to raise funds and awareness for Polio, a disabling and life-threatening disease caused by the poliovirus.

Adeyanju, who is the President of the Rotary Club of Ikoyi Metro, hopes to raise at least N100m for the ‘End Polio’ campaign. He journals his bitter-sweet journey on Twitter and has attracted international attention, boosting the chance to hit the monetary target for his cause.

Kunle Adeyanju has been on the road for weeks as the trip is expected to last for about 25 days. He would cover around 12,000 kilometres, over half of which he has already covered. 

The brave man and his now popular bike nicknamed ‘Eagle’ are expected to arrive in Lagos on May 29, 2022.

What you didn’t know about Kunle Adeyanju

Kunle Adeyanju is an explorer and adventurer by nature and has extensive experience in outdoor and adventurous activities.

He’s an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, blogger, author and tourist. He has travelled to over 70 countries and cycled from Lagos, Nigeria, to Accra, Ghana, and back.

He has skydived, bungee jumped, and summited Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa’s tallest mountain) twice. He’s also run multiple marathons.

As an author, he has written three books: Winners Mindset, My escapes on Kili, and, Great Thinkers.

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How he’s raising millions for the fight against Polio 

Apart from Kunle Adeyanju’s call for donation on Twitter, he is making connections and canvassing for funds from people he’s meeting in different countries along his way. 

For example, Eba Zenab, an Ivorian lady, contributed $1,000 to the cause.

He is also making stops at various Non-Governmental Organisations and embassies along the way, while other Africans following his journey on Social media are teaming up to give him good reception and donate to his cause.

He plans to sell his bike for $25,000 (N10.3 million)

According to him, once he arrives in Lagos, he plans to auction the ‘Eagle’ (Honda CB 500X) with a starting offer of $25,000. He acquired the bike for 6,500 pounds sterling (about N5.1 million).

He said he would donate part of the money to the ‘End Polio’ cause.

Polio in Africa

Polio is a highly contagious virus-borne illness. It infiltrates the nerve system and can induce complete paralysis in as little as a few hours.

Though there is no cure, the disease is preventable with vaccination. With the help of Rotary International, Nelson Mandela started the Kick Polio Out of Africa campaign in 1996, thus laying the foundation for a polio-free Africa.

According to the World Health Organization WHO, the frequency of Polio has decreased by more than 99% since 1988.

More than 350,000 children were paralysed each year in more than 125 endemic countries at the time. In 2018, the figure dropped to 33%.

In 2020, the continent was declared wild poliovirus (a variant of Polio) free after four years without a single case. 

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