After a 41-day trip on a bike from London to Lagos, you’d definitely agree that the man behind the feat, Kunle Adeyanju deserves to be celebrated for daring to pull off such a physically and mentally tasking quest.
The fact that he did it to raise funds for Rotary International’s fight against polio despite being eradicated in 2020 makes it even more remarkable.
The 44-year-old departed London on April 19th and arrived in Nigeria’s commercial hub Lagos on Sunday after journeying through more than 13,000 kilometres (8,000 miles) across 13 countries.
“I am sleep-deprived because I slept only three to four hours per night. But I feel proud because I accomplished this challenge,” Adeyanju told AFP just after he arrived, wiping sweat off his face.
Accompanied by a dozen bikers for the last stretch of the journey from Benin Republic, the group was welcomed by supporters in Ikeja, in central Lagos.
Adeyanju, called “Lion Heart” by fans, became popular by posting daily pictures with comments of his journey on social media.
At every stop along the way, he was greeted by jubilant supporters.
In Senegal, Ghana, and even in countries battling jihadist insurgencies like Mali and Burkina Faso, Adeyanju posed for selfies with fans and local officials, waving a banner saying “End Polio Now.”
He did face some challenges, like in Mali where one of the rims of his wheel got damaged.