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Having been born in Nigeria, I hail from one of three countries where polio is still unfortunately endemic, the other two being Pakistan and Afghanistan. I had contracted the virus before my first birthday and do not know a time in my life before this disability. Moving to London when I was five years old and living here with polio and scoliosis has given me plenty of things to complain about—the endless underground stairs, the airport searches triggered by my metallic leg brace, the looks and questions I occasionally get as I make my way through the day.

Yet the very challenges of living in a large, fast-paced and occasionally insensitive city have forced me to thrive. Despite the occasional stares and remarks, Londoners, for the most part, have let me do my own thing. Teaching me from an early age that I should get on with it and learn to be self-sufficient—something for which I am eternally grateful.

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DESTINATION HIGHLIGHTS

What It Is Like Travelling With A Disability

Today is 3rd December, and the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPD). It was originally created by the United Nations in 1992 “to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of on the situation of persons with disabilities in […]

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The Joy & Validation I Get From Black Travel Events

Black travel events enthusiast? No doubt you have seen me a lot in the past few months. I have been going to a lot of black travel events or BAME travel events, after my long hiatus. Don’t get me wrong, I am a lover of all travel centred events and conferences. But there is something […]

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That Time I Got Accused Of Stealing in Brazil

It is very, very important that I preface this post by saying this: While I was wrongly accused of stealing in Brazil, I honestly do not think that it was because of my race. Right, let’s get stuck in… While this particular incident happened to me over 18 months ago, I have never actually told […]

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Phenomenal Women: Commonwealth & Beyond

ROAD TO COMMONWEALTH Every Woman Matters Summit It is not often in my life that I get opportunities to meet with and speak to people that really are the movers and shakers of the world. Those that have the status, desire and connections to bring about positive change to the world. I had the great fortune […]

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What Happened July of Last Year

So, I know what you are wondering, where has Jay gone? Well, guess who took an impromptu hiatus and basically fell off the social media ride? This woman! The reason for my unexpected ghosting was basically that life got in the way. As it has been known to do. I was never brought up to […]

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Review: Antwerp City Hostel

Antwerp City Hostel was the place that I called home for a few days during my time in Antwerp. Having never been to Antwerp before I was not sure what to expect. So I did a little research and decided to go with a hostel that was close to a lot of tourist attractions and […]

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