‘End Polio Now’ Charity Ride: From London to Lagos
On April 19 2022, a London based Nigerian and Rotarian, Kunle David Adeyanju began to bike from London to Lagos, Nigeria. According to him, he is biking to the remotest parts of the earth to create awareness for the ‘End Polio Now’ global campaign, and also to raise funds to address community problems.
In this road trip that would last for some 25 days covering a distance of about 12,000 kilometres, Kunle is prepared to give is will, strength, endurance and character to test.
Though, this historic journey embarked upon by Kunle has been headlining major news and media outlets since April, we thought to share 10 fascinating facts about this amazing Nigerian biking the world to eradicate Polio disease.
Who is Kunle Adeyanju?
You are just a scroll away from the Biography of David Kunle Adeyanju. Meanwhile, a short profile of this amazing personality reads thus: Kunle Adeyanju is ‘many things.’ A Nigerian entrepreneur, adventurer, blogger, and more.
And, YES! There is an important question at the tail end of this post which I will like you to answer after reading these divulging facts about the Nigerian Rotarian and veteran biker.
The fascinating facts about Kunle Adeyanju to keep you interested and blown away are listed below.
1. Birth & Educational Background
Born in Nigeria, Kunle Adeyanju had his primary and secondary education in the country. He later attended the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for his higher education. While on campus, Kunle joined the Rotary Club.
In 2009, after working with Shell Petroleum, he decided to pursue a course in Postgraduate learning and bagged a Master’s degree in it.
Presently, Adeyanju is doing doctoral studies in Business Administration with a specialisation in social entrepreneurship at the University of Arizona, USA where he hopes to bag a PhD.
So you see, Kunle Adeyanju is quite educated.
2. Kunle Adeyanju Worked in the Oil & Gas Sector for 5 Years
After completing his University education, Mr Kunle Adeyanju began his working career with a British American Tobacco Company as a management trainee. At that time, his managerial career covers four (4) northern states in Nigeria. They are: Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa and Kastina States.
Adeyanju later delved into Oil and Gas in 2004. Starting with Oando Gas and Power, he worked as the head of the Marketing team where he spearheaded the development and expansion of the Greater Lagos Industrial Area Natural Gas Pipeline Network.
In 2006, however, he joined Shell Petroleum and worked there for three years. First as Fuels and Bitumen Manager and subsequently oversaw other roles in the organisation.
Having had a robust experience in the Oil and Gas sector Kunle Adeyanju established his private firm called the Pelicians DNO where he is the CEO.
3. As an Adventurer, Kunle Has Toured at Least 75 Countries
Actually, this is not the first time the Rotarian will be touring different parts of the world through by flight or with his motorbike. Our findings show that Adeyanju has travelled to at least 75 countries in his lifetime.
For instance, Mr Kunle cycled to and fro Lagos and Ghana. He has also experienced the rich culture of the Japanese, South Koreans and Mexicans in Cancun. Qatar, Marrakech, Uganga, Poland,Rome, Jerusalem among others have been explored by David Adeyanju.
According to him, he is into the an adventurous lifestyle simply because it is his passion. And his interest about the natural world and the people who lived in it drives him.
4. David Adekunle is the First Nigerian to Hoist the National Flag at the Peak of Kilimanjaro
Apart from biking and cycling, Kunle also likes to practice outdoor games such as Skydiving, mountain climbing and Bungee jumping.
Obviously, the most thrilling and remarkable moment and achievement of Adeyanju’s sports is summiting Africa’s highest mountain—Kilimanjaro, 19 341 feet above sea level.
In his Ted talk, he spoke about this expedition. The expedition took him seven days— five days of ascent and two days of descent.
He said ‘all seven days are seven gruelling days of continuous hiking up to nine hours every day, with the exemption of the fact of when we hiked for nineteen straight hours.’
At the beginning of the hike, 35 of them began the expedition. Some of them however fell and return halfway, narrowing the number to 11 which eventually made it to the summit of the mountain.
Chronicling this historic moment of his life, kunle said he as well as some determined individuals saw farther than anyone on the face of the African continent because they stood on the roof of Africa.
5. Apart from being an Adventurer, Kunle is also a Blogger and Author
If Kunle is not somewhere in the fields exploring the world, he is right in his chair writing or blogging. Mr Kunle David Adeyanju runs a blog named The Pelicans.
According to him, The Pelicans was ‘founded with a mission to give others a taste of what goes on in my mind, how we can begin to tap on the soft skills and the little wins over time to create a big step change in our lives, and ever since it has been a wild success.’
Also, as an author of books, in 2013, Mr Kunle published his first book ‘My Escapades on Kili’ wherein he documented his expedition summiting the peak of Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. He also authored a collection of wise sayings from successful world leaders titled ‘Great Thinkers.’
6. He has Spoken at Several Events
In addition to the above, Kunle is a motivational speaker and he has had opportunities to speak at several events. They include:
- Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
- Arm of Hope International
- ABU Alumnus
- Several religious bodies and most importantly,
- Tedx OloibiriRoad.
7. He is the Definition of Will, Courage, Patience and Perseverance
Come to think of it, what could be the motivation of a man biking from London to Lagos?
The answer is as simple as the pursuit of a passionate man to end Polio in Africa. Polio is a a disease that is notorious for causing paralysis in children. This disease is a popular endemic in Africa.
Being a Rotarian who shared the vision of the fellowship, Adekunle has a burning desire to create awareness for Polio disease in Africa. Recall that he had wanteed to enlist as a volunteer foreign fighter in the Ukrainian war before re-channeling his energy to a cause dear to his heart.’
Biking ‘through the desert, freezing cold weather, stunning forests landscapes and terrains.’ Nothing could be more heroic!
Now to the question I promised to ask you at the end of the blog post: Is Mr David Adeyanju Modern Nigeria’s Ajala the traveller?
Your guess is as good as mine.