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PITCH ON ONE MAN'S FIGHT AGAINST AN EPIDEMIC

Ikeja, Nigeria Health & Fitness May 11 @ 6:58am

PITCHER: QUADRI TAIWO

VIDEO JOURNALIST: Quadri Taiwo

EXPECTED DELIVERY DATE/TIME: 23thrd May,2022

SUGGESTED AIR DATE/TIME: TBD

FORMAT: IMAGE/SOUND

LOCATION(S): Lagos; Eko Hotel Lobby; A street in Victoria Island, Professor Oyewale Tomori`s office/home.

DESCRIPTION: What is the motivation for a man who decides to ride 12,000 kilometres on a motorbike from London to Lagos along a route dominated by the sahara dessert, insurgents, and little to no human habitation, in order to fight an epidemic, that has paralysed thousands of children and killed thousands more in their diapers?

Kunle Adeyanju is a Nigerian motorbiking enthusiast. He has a lifetime dream of motorbiking from London to Lagos. However, he is also deeply troubled by the plight of children afflicted by polio and he felt that if he could tie his dream to ending polio, why not, because;

Polio affects children under 5 years of age, 1 in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis and 5-10% die from complications. While reported cases of wild polio decreased from 350,000 reported cases in 1988 to 33 cases in 2018, the impact of COVID-19 has threatened to reverse the progress.
Post-COVID-19 pandemic, Malawi reported a case of wild polio in February 2022, the first on the African continent since 2016. This case was linked to a virus originating in Pakistan which proved that as long as polio exist in any country, no child is safe. The discovery of Vaccine-derived Polio Virus Type 2 (cVDPV) in Isreal, Ukraine, Nigeria and several other countries in Asia and Africa compounded the situation.

Kunle Adeyanju shares the belief that no child is safe anywhere until polio is totally eradicated. To combat the virus, he chose one way he knows best, biking 12,000 kilometres from London, England to Lagos, Nigeria. His journey took him through France, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Cote d`Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and finally, Lagos, Nigeria.

Kunle hoped to raise $48,200 to support primary health care, water and sanitation to fight against polio in order to help maintain Africa Polio free status.

The tragic re-emergence of wild polio in various countries after several years is a stark reminder of the need for concerted effort by all. With effort put up by the like of Kunle Adeyanju, the world could finally see the end of polio.

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Interviewee: Kunle Adeyanju, a man riding from London to Lagos; A professor of virology, Oyewale Tomori.

Shots: Sequence shot of Kunle riding in the Sahara desert, Kunle on bike in Valencia, Still photograph of Kunle at different border crossing/direction signage, Kunle riding into the city of Lagos.


LENGTH OF SHOOT: 2 days

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