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Bill Gates hails London-to-Lagos biker, Kunle Adeyanju

8 months ago
Herald News

Microsoft founder, Bill Gates, has hailed the Nigerian biker, Kunle Adeyanju, who covered more than 12,000 kilometres (8,000 miles) across 13 countries.

Adeyanju rode a bike from London to Lagos in a campaign to end polio.

The biker, also known as ‘The Lion Heart’, travelled 41 days from London to Lagos on a motorcycle to achieve the feat.

Commending Adeyanju’s feat, Gates, who is among the world’s richest persons, in a tweet on his Twitter handle, described the biker’s campaign as “incredible”.

https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.517.2_en.html#goog_23871440 Gates retweeted a story on the biker and wrote, “Incredible. #lionheart1759.”

Adeyanju embarked on his transcontinental challenge in April to raise funds for Rotary International’s fight against polio.

In an interview with The PUNCH, the biker had said he “started from London to France and to Spain, then I crossed into Morocco and visited Casablanca.

“I also passed through Mauritania, St. Louis, Dakar, Mali, Bamako, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Accra, Lome, Benin before getting to Lagos

On his motivation, he said, “For me, it’s all about giving back. It’s all about using my skills and lifestyle to touch the lives of the underprivileged. I look at it that every one of us has been blessed.

“Some people may say theirs are not enough but we have all been blessed. So those things you’ve been given, how can you use them to touch the lives of other people?”

On why he embarked on the journey, Adeyanju said, he embarked on the epic journey in memory of a friend who was affected by polio.

The former Shell employee self-funded his trip with 19,000 euros ($20,400) in savings, hoping to raise up to 20 million naira ($48 million) for Rotary International.

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