Lady arrives Nigeria from London by road after 68 days

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By Folashade Olorunnisola 

A 28-year-old Nigerian gal, Pelumi Nubi has arrived after about 68 days travel by road from London.

She arrived the Nigeria-Benin Republic border at Seme in a Peugeot 107 model, to a rousing welcome.

She said there were hiccups on the road, having survived a near fatal crash and a hold for 24 hours at the Liberian border and being denied entry into Sierra Leone.

However she was undeterred on her determination “to open up West Africa to other parts of the world.”

Nubi was received at the Nigeria-Benin Republic border on behalf of the Lagos State Government by the Commissioner of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Toke Benson- Awoyinka and the Special Adviser, Tourism, Arts and Culture, Idris Aregbe.

Speaking at the border line, she said, “I was trying to connect the two places I consider home. I was born in Lagos and I grew up in London, so I wanted to connect both places.

“Usually, I would fly in, but most times, I wanted to see what West Africa is like and this was an opportunity to do so. In terms of over-land travel, there was not enough representation.

“It was challenging. Having to do it all by myself was challenging. However, the cheering from my online family which grew from 10,000 to more than 200,000 motivated me. I am so grateful to everyone and I do not take it all for granted.”

Nubi believes that her adventure would inspire the next generation of young women that they can do daring things. She stated, “They can step out of their comfort zone and change the narrative of the African continent out there.

“There were not enough people that looked like me but this journey is opening up the world to other people to visit the continent.

Pelumi began her journey on January 31, 2024, and she arrived in Lagos on Sunday April 7,2024.

 

 

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